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Nominations for Rose and Bay Award: Patron Category

Nominations are now closed.The voting period is from February 1 through 29.

Nominations are now open for the Patron category of the Rose and Bay Award. This award honors excellence in creative crowdfunding, and this category recognizes those people who have supported crowdfunded projects both financially and personally (e.g. feedback, promotions, taste, etc). Everyone is encouraged to make nominations and, later, to vote.  Icons and banners are available to help spread the word.  Please read the complete details below, and then make your nominations in a comment on this post.

Note: A project or person which wins one year is not eligible in the same category for the next year.  After that, it is eligible again. In the Patron category Vercin (patron of The Philosopher in Arms  by Karen Wehrstein aka [info]karen_wehrstein) is not eligible this year.



What Is the Rose and Bay Award?

The Rose and Bay Award was launched by [info]ysabetwordsmith (Elizabeth Barrette) in January 2009, and quickly gained additional volunteers.  This award focuses on a growing business model known as "crowdfunding" or "cyberfunded creativity," which directly connects creative people and patrons of the arts online.  This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons.  It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.

The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2011.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2012.
The voting period spans February 1-February 29, 2012.  (Leap Day provides an extra day this year.)

These are the handlers for the 2012 award season:
Art: [info]jenny_evergreen Nominate art!
Fiction: [info]jenny_evergreen Nominate fiction!
Poetry: [info]ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry!
Webcomic: [info]ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics!
Other Project: [info]lilyayl Nominate other projects!
Patron: [info]lilyayl Nominate patrons!

Award Rules

1) In order for a person to be nominated in the Patron category, 
  • The person must have made a financial contribution to a creative project.  This distinguishes patrons of the arts from the general audience.  However, money is not the only consideration: Patrons may also be admired for their feedback, word of mouth promotion, suggested improvements to crowdfunding models, taste in items sponsored, etc. -- and these are good ways to choose between patrons if you're not sure which to pick.
  • The receiving project must qualify as "cyberfunded creativity" aka "crowdfunding." That means it must be creative material marketed directly to an audience online, with money involved somehow. There are many variations of this business model; all are welcome; and if you're not sure a project qualifies, you may ask.  See "5 Steps to Crowdfunding Success" for a discussion of key features that identify a crowdfunded project.
  • For the Patron category only, duplicate nominations will be accepted/encouraged. The same patron can be nominated by multiple creators and/or by the same creator for multiple projects. This has two benefits. Links are included to each project on the nomination comment. Voters may follow those links and find new projects to enjoy. Also, the information that a patron has supported multiple creators/projects might prove useful for undecided voters

Note: A project or person which wins one year is not eligible in the same category for the next year.  After that, it is eligible again. In the Patron category Vercin (patron of The Philosopher in Arms  by Karen Wehrstein aka [info]karen_wehrstein) is not eligible this year.

2) This award will go by calendar years.  So in order to be eligible for the 2012 award season, a project or patron must have been active on or between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

3) For the 2012 season, nominations will be made in comments to each category's nomination post (beginning in January).  A nomination consists of the project title, creator name, award category, a link to the project page, and a summary. The summary should include several sentences describing the project's content (theme, characters, plot, etc.), presentation (media, frequency, etc.), and crowdfunding approach (money handling, audience interaction, etc.).  Example:

Project Title: "Awesome Content" 
Creator Name: A.J. Muse
Link: http://awe.some.content.com  
Category: Other Project.  
Summary: "Awesome Content" is a story about A.J. Muse's three ferrets, told in a combination of music and fiction, illustrated by photos. It is funded by a combination of donations and photo sales. Updates twice weekly on Music Mondays and Fiction Fridays."

4) You may nominate a maximum of three projects per category.  You are not required to make that many nominations or to cover all the categories. Please make each nomination in a separate comment; that way, if a problem occurs with one nomination it will not affect any others. You may not nominate your own project, nor yourself as patron.

5) Nominations for the Patron category will be collected by [info]lilyayl.

6) Participation is voluntary. If a creator wishes to withdraw their project from any category, or a patron wishes to withdraw from the Patron category, simply contact the category handler. In case of withdrawal, the person who made the withdrawn nomination may then nominate another project or patron instead.

7) Voters are strongly encouraged to browse the nominees before making a final decision; that's what the links are for, and the purpose of this award is to promote the splendor of crowdfunded projects.  If you don't have time to explore widely or you already have a firm favorite, that's okay too. 

8) Voting will take place via LiveJournal polling in the [info]crowdfunding community, open to all.  Polling is by popular vote, with checkboxes; you may vote for all of the projects in a category that you admire.  (There may need to be more than one poll question per category, and runoffs, if the number of nominees is high.  LJ has a limit to how many options there can be per question in a poll.)  You may not vote for your own project, nor yourself as a patron.

9) Winners will be announced after the polling is completed.


How You Can Help

As a relatively new award, Rose and Bay depends on everyone's participation and enthusiasm to make it a success.  Here are some ways you can help that happen:

a) Nominate. Leave your nominations for patrons in the comments on this post. Don't forget to check out the other five nominating posts as well.

b) Vote. Voting opens in February. Don't forget to mark your calendar or set up an alert.

c) Promote. Blog, email friends, tweet, post to Facebook, GooglePlus, Tumblr, or other social websites. Use the banners and icons. Hire a skywriter. Organize a flash mob. Just spread the word.

d) Share. If you're a patron or audience member, highlight your favorite crowdfunded projects from 2011 and direct people back to the award.  Are you following other patrons whose tastes match your own to see what they sponsor or recommend?  Mention them too!  This makes it easier for people to find eligible nominees.

e) Speak up. Don't be shy. If you have eligible projects for Rose & Bay, let your audience and patrons know and link them to the relevant nomination post(s). If you have an "honor wall" or other place acknowledging your patrons,  Mention that too!  Let your fans know there is a way for them to honor your project and the patrons who make it possible.

f) Plug in. Consider joining [info]crowdfunding on LJ if you're not yet a member. You may also want to check out  [info]freestuffday where many crowdfunded projects are announced. If you're on Dreamwidth, don't forget to check out the Crowdfunding community there as well.

Comments

Nomination

Project Title: Poetry Fishbowl
Link: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/730515.html
http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/serial-poetry.html
Creator Name: ysabetwordsmith
Patron Name: marina_bonomi
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate marina_bonomi for her enthusiastic support of the Poetry Fishbowl project. She has particularly focused on two series, "The Origami Mage" and "Fiorenza the Wisewoman." She sponsors poems and helps with background research and fact-checking. The quality of Asian and Italian local color is significantly due to her input. She also provided the inspiration for a new series in 2011, "The Steamsmith," also proving popular.

Nomination

Project Title: Poetry Fishbowl
Link: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/730515.html
http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/serial-poetry.html
Creator Name: ysabetwordsmith
Patron Name: the_vulture
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate the_vulture for his loyal support of the Poetry Fishbowl. He contributes a wide variety of prompts and picks out all different poems to sponsor. He's chipped in some interesting topics like martial arts and asexuality. I'm especially grateful for his insightful essay "The Symbolism of 'Stained'" -- there is very little critique of speculative poetry and he did a great job with it.

Nomination

Project Title: The Many Writings of K. A. Jones
Link: http://kajones-writing.dreamwidth.org/429.html
http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/9580.html
Creator Name: kajones_writing (which is the writing name of moonwolf1988)
Patron Name: ysabetwordsmith
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate ysabetwordsmith for her patronage during my first six months of crowdfunding. During this time she has signal boosted regulary, which has gained me more readers, she had spent her many credits on her favourite collections, and her help with world building has been wonderful.

Nomination

Project Title: Poetry Fishbowl
Link: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/730515.html
http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/serial-poetry.html
Creator Name: ysabetwordsmith
Patron Name: Lorena Dinger aka laffingkat
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate laffingkat for regular support of the Poetry Fishbowl. She picks a variety of different poems to sponsor, and often chips into the microfunded epics which get posted a verse at a time as funding comes in.
Project title: The Community Sponsored One Card Draw
link: http://miintikwa.livejournal.com/tag/one%20card%20draw
Creator name: miintikwa
patron name: booraven22
Summary: I nominate booraven22 for her unwavering support of the One Card Draw. She is a tireless promotor and sponsor, and I do not think I would have half the following I do were it not for her.
Project Title: Free Small Art 1
Link: http://ankewehner.livejournal.com/594775.html
Project Title: Flash Fiction Fishbowl 2
Link: http://ankewehner.de/blog/flash-fiction-fishbowl-2-report
Creator Name: ankewehner
Patron Name: moon_fox
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate moon_fox for her support of both of my projects. In addition to donations, prompts and general encouragement she helped me with constructive criticism on Fishbowl stories, brainstorming tip incentives, and by providing photos of her pets to build my stock of example images showing animals for the Small Art project. :)
Project Title: Free Sketch Day
Link: http://shadows-gallery.livejournal.com/tag/free%20sketch%20day
Creator Name: shadows_gallery, a.k.a. Amyla
Patron Name: nekomata
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate nekomata for her brilliant enthusiasm and support for my recurring tip-supported Free Sketch Days and the first FSD Prize Drawing, of which she was the winner.
Project Title: Sketch Fest, EMG-Zine and more
Link: http://ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest http://emg-zine.com
Creator Name: multiple artists, projects run by Ellen Million
Patron Name: Edward Cammarota
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate Edward for his unwavering support of artists, both through Sketch Fest and independently. He regularly buys artwork through the Sketch Fest site, which helps support both the artist and the site improvements for the project. Additionally, he has subscribed to EMG-Zine to keep that project running, and donates outright when we get to a point where we're shy of our goals. He has also sponsored stories and artwork through Torn World! He frequently leaves encouraging feedback, as well as helpful input about project features and great prompts.

Edited at 2012-01-24 05:27 am (UTC)
Project Title: Free One Card Draw
Link: http://ariestess.dreamwidth.org/tag/free+readings
http://ariestess.livejournal.com/tag/free%20readings
Creator Name: ariestess
Patron Name: [personal profile] meeks
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate [personal profile] meeks for her repeated support of my monthly one card draws, both as a sponsor and as a promoter.
Project Title: Free One Card Draw
Link: http://ariestess.dreamwidth.org/tag/free+readings
http://ariestess.livejournal.com/tag/free%20readings
Creator Name: ariestess
Patron Name: [personal profile] morgwensraven
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate [personal profile] morgwensraven for her repeated support of my monthly one card draws, both as a sponsor and as a promoter.
Project Title: Free One Card Draw
Link: http://ariestess.dreamwidth.org/tag/free+readings
http://ariestess.livejournal.com/tag/free%20readings
Creator Name: ariestess
Patron Name: luscious_words
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate luscious_words for her repeated support of my monthly one card draws, both as a sponsor and as a promoter.
Removing this last one, as I'd miscounted when I added it in initially. My bad.

Project Title: Free One Card Draw
Link: http://ariestess.dreamwidth.org/tag/free+readings
http://ariestess.livejournal.com/tag/free%20readings
Creator Name: ariestess
Patron Name: miintikwa
Category: Patron
Summary: I nominate miintikwa for her repeated support of my monthly one card draws, both as a sponsor and as a promoter.


Edited at 2012-01-27 05:39 am (UTC)

Patron Nomination

Project Title: The Philosopher in Arms/asa kraiya
Link: http://chevenga.com
Creator Name: Karen Wehrstein
Patron Name: capriox aka caprioxbovidae
Category: Patron
Summary: The most generous of my patrons contribute both financially and creatively, and that is the case with cap. As well as sending me donations, she comments all the time, participates in group role-plays, freely shares info on her areas of expertise and writes positive reviews. The latest is a video she has in the works for a comedic song written by another reader, as well as lengthy consultations with me on how to promote my work, drawing from her knowledge as a major in communications. She's even adopted one of my characters. Cap rocks!

--added on behalf of karen_wehrstein

Project Title: The Philosopher in Arms/asa kraiya
Link: http://chevenga.com
Creator Name: Karen Wehrstein
Patron Name: capriox aka caprioxbovidae
Category: Patron
Summary: The most generous of my patrons contribute both financially and creatively, and that is the case with cap. As well as sending me donations, she comments all the time, participates in group role-plays, freely shares info on her areas of expertise and writes positive reviews. The latest is a video she has in the works for a comedic song written by another reader, as well as lengthy consultations with me on how to promote my work, drawing from her knowledge as a major in communications. She's even adopted one of my characters. Cap rocks!
Project Title: "No Dominion" Kickstarter
Link: http://cemurphy.net/archives/826
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/100040609/no-dominion-a-walker-papers-novella-by-ce-murphy
Creator Name: mizkit
Patron Name: Bryant Durrell, aka bryant
Category: Patron
Summary:

I would like to nominate bryant for the patron crowdfunding award. Bryant is the person who initially encouraged me in the crowdfunding direction, and has been an amazing support not only as a patron, but in terms of thinking up ways to get word out about crowdfunding projects, help converting files into epub and mobi for my readers, and general unflagging enthusiasm. I've run half a dozen major crowdfunding projects over the past three years and none of them would have happened without Bryant. He's my hero!

Edited at 2012-01-30 09:04 pm (UTC)