88 Cups of Tea

88 Cups of Tea

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Dear Storyteller,

If you’re new to 88 Cups of Tea, I’m so happy you found us and a warm welcome! If you’ve been following us for a long time, you are awesome-- I love having you in our community. I will always and forever be appreciative of each of you who’ve shared your love for 88 Cups of Tea with your friends, helping us reach even more Storytellers to share our work.

We first launched as a podcast nearly 4 years ago, hosting deeply human conversations in fun and relatable ways with brilliant and bright storytellers like Tomi AdeyemiVictoria V.E. SchwabJacqueline WoodsonSarah J. MaasNnedi OkoraforHolly BlackTamora PierceSabaa Tahir, literary agents Holly Root, Suzie TownsendJoanna VolpeThao Le, and countless more. We’ve organically grown into an online platform featuring heartfelt essays and articles from authors about the creative life. Over in our digital headquarters, we’ve also curated resources to help support you throughout your storytelling journey, and we’ve even created weekly newsletters designed to lift the spirit through the lens of 88 Cups of Tea. 

Something that's been incredibly meaningful to me is the quality time I shared with our community during our 88 Cups of Tea meetups across America as I made my cross-country road trip move from California to New York. I'll always cherish the conversations we had over cups and cups of tea. We brought things live and in-person yet again by hosting a community party to ring in 88 Cups of Tea's 3-year anniversary in NYC!

Over the years, we’ve earned the reputation of adding more positivity and hope into people’s lives, boosting the morale of our listeners and readers. We’ve become the go-to space for storytellers seeking camaraderie and inspiration. Because of you, our growing community has allowed us the platform to amplify the voices and stories of authors, literary agents, TV writers, filmmakers, and various storytellers from all walks of life to embolden you with your creative pursuits.

What you see today was started by just one flicker of a vision, a whole lot of love, and endless pots of oolong tea to fuel me through sleepless nights. I’m honored to continue being a part of people's creative journey through this work, and this time, with a tiny and mighty team who help keep the many parts of 88 Cups of Tea up and running.

If you’ve ever wondered how to best support the content you love to consume, signing up as a Patron is the most helpful way (BTW we lovingly call our Patrons Super Storytellers.) Your monthly contribution is deeply appreciated in keeping this magic alive and thank you for your support in the work that we do!

Much love to you and endless gratitude,

Yin
Founder & Creative Director
88 Cups of Tea


How does this work?

If you love the content here at 88 Cups of Tea and would love to contribute in exchange for fun perks, select the tier you'd like to be a part of every month. A friendly reminder, you can always edit or cancel your membership at ANY time. 


Check out 88 Cups of Tea at our online headquarters, or on instagram, twitter, facebook!
Tiers
Quokkas with Lashes
$3.88 or more per month
  • EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP-ONLY VOTING/POLLS. Your decisions directly shape 88 Cups of Tea including, but not limited to, topics you’d love to see covered in our 88 Cups of Tea featured essays and articles, upcoming content and merchandise, etc.
  • REQUEST TO FEATURE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR AS A GUEST ON THE PODCAST. Our private Facebook group members get to jump in with their requests, but members at this tier and higher get *priority* picks. Though nothing is guaranteed, I can promise to ALWAYS do my very best to get your top pick on the show! 
  • DANCE ALONG WITH 88 CUPS OF TEA! Boost your mood with access to 88 Cups of Tea’s Spotify playlist to brighten up your day and give yourself that extra pep in your step with our curated playlist of over 7 hours of catchy and uplifting tunes that represent our vibe and energy!
  • WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? Tell me what topic(s) you would really love to hear discussed in our upcoming podcast recordings Ex: Would you love to deep-dive into the querying process? Are you struggling with plotting? Would you love to hear stories about how guests are able to work on their writing while holding down a day job? More real talk about finances as a writer?
  • EARLY ACCESS TO TICKETS FOR FUTURE LIVE EVENTS. 
Silkie Chickens with Balloons
$8.88 or more per month
  • EARLY ACCESS TO INTERVIEWS Be the first to listen to our upcoming episodes (way before they're released to the public)! This means you get to listen to them months or weeks in advance. No matter what, you'll get to hear all upcoming episodes before any one else does. These files are just the interview itself-- no intro/outro/jingle music is added. Additionally, you'll usually get access to the full unedited version of the interview. This means you'll also get to hear extra audio content before they're cut out of the final edit. 
  • EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS! Get access to behind-the-scenes footage, pictures, factoids, and other fun stuff that you can’t find anywhere else! Look out for the posts I'll be sharing through Patreon Lens, it works a lot like Instagram stories and the videos/pics disappear after 24 hours. Be sure to download the Patreon app on your phone so you'll get notified whenever I post something on Patreon Lens :) 
  • BOOK HAUL/UNBOXING VIDEOS! Access to dedicated book haul/unboxing whenever our mailed books are piled up! Do you ever wonder whose books have been sent to us to consider for the show? Due to limited space on the podcast, we can’t interview every author that is pitched for our podcast which means our community has no clue which wonderful authors and books have been sent our way. This book unboxing recording will give you a behind-the-scenes look! [Over 6 months ago, I stopped posting book unboxing videos in our private Facebook group due to time constraints. Those instead go here.]
  • Members at this tier will receive all previous tier rewards as well! 
Snails with Mail
$18.88 or more per month
  • TRAVEL WITH ME THROUGH HANDWRITTEN POSTCARDS! I know most of you love traveling or would LOVE to travel one day soon. Traveling is a part of my lifestyle and I usually head out of town at least once or twice a year. Whether it’s a roadtrip or a flight somewhere, I’m going to snailmail you postcards from the road so you can have something tangible from my wanderings! [Be sure to give me your mailing address!] 
  • WELCOME BOX FOR STORYTELLERS! Receive 88 Cups of Tea’s member-exclusive storyteller themed welcome package for this tier and higher. Includes a curated selection of my favorite things and an 88 Cups of Tea merch! Must be current member of this tier for a minimum of 3 consecutive months to redeem your box. (At this time, this is available for U.S. Storytellers only)
  • JOIN IN ON A LIVE INTERVIEW! Every now and again, I will record a podcast episode through Crowdcast and allow EXCLUSIVE access for members at this tier or higher to *see* me and the guest having a conversation with each other! I can't promise how many times this will happen throughout the year as the video call jeopardizes the audio quality and it also depends on how comfortable the author is being on camera.  We'll feature questions from a few of you at the end of the interview, though I'll have to make sure to be respectful of the guest's time. The public will ONLY get access to the *audio* version of this interview. 
  • 25% DISCOUNT OFF ALL MERCH IN OUR SHOP! https://88cupsoftea.com/shop/ 
  • Members at this tier will receive all previous tier rewards as well! 
Goals
85 of 100 patrons
Guess what? At this milestone, we're able to cover the minimal hours that our two *wonderful* team members are able to work on 88 Cups of Tea related jobs in addition to a small portion of the costs associated with running and maintaining 88 Cups of Tea at 2 new podcast episodes each month. These two incredible team members take on crucial responsibilities to help me keep 88 Cups of Tea up and running. An additional benefit is that this also allows me to focus on the bigger picture to sustain and grow 88 Cups of Tea. THANK YOU.
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Dear Storyteller,

If you’re new to 88 Cups of Tea, I’m so happy you found us and a warm welcome! If you’ve been following us for a long time, you are awesome-- I love having you in our community. I will always and forever be appreciative of each of you who’ve shared your love for 88 Cups of Tea with your friends, helping us reach even more Storytellers to share our work.

We first launched as a podcast nearly 4 years ago, hosting deeply human conversations in fun and relatable ways with brilliant and bright storytellers like Tomi AdeyemiVictoria V.E. SchwabJacqueline WoodsonSarah J. MaasNnedi OkoraforHolly BlackTamora PierceSabaa Tahir, literary agents Holly Root, Suzie TownsendJoanna VolpeThao Le, and countless more. We’ve organically grown into an online platform featuring heartfelt essays and articles from authors about the creative life. Over in our digital headquarters, we’ve also curated resources to help support you throughout your storytelling journey, and we’ve even created weekly newsletters designed to lift the spirit through the lens of 88 Cups of Tea. 

Something that's been incredibly meaningful to me is the quality time I shared with our community during our 88 Cups of Tea meetups across America as I made my cross-country road trip move from California to New York. I'll always cherish the conversations we had over cups and cups of tea. We brought things live and in-person yet again by hosting a community party to ring in 88 Cups of Tea's 3-year anniversary in NYC!

Over the years, we’ve earned the reputation of adding more positivity and hope into people’s lives, boosting the morale of our listeners and readers. We’ve become the go-to space for storytellers seeking camaraderie and inspiration. Because of you, our growing community has allowed us the platform to amplify the voices and stories of authors, literary agents, TV writers, filmmakers, and various storytellers from all walks of life to embolden you with your creative pursuits.

What you see today was started by just one flicker of a vision, a whole lot of love, and endless pots of oolong tea to fuel me through sleepless nights. I’m honored to continue being a part of people's creative journey through this work, and this time, with a tiny and mighty team who help keep the many parts of 88 Cups of Tea up and running.

If you’ve ever wondered how to best support the content you love to consume, signing up as a Patron is the most helpful way (BTW we lovingly call our Patrons Super Storytellers.) Your monthly contribution is deeply appreciated in keeping this magic alive and thank you for your support in the work that we do!

Much love to you and endless gratitude,

Yin
Founder & Creative Director
88 Cups of Tea


How does this work?

If you love the content here at 88 Cups of Tea and would love to contribute in exchange for fun perks, select the tier you'd like to be a part of every month. A friendly reminder, you can always edit or cancel your membership at ANY time. 


Check out 88 Cups of Tea at our online headquarters, or on instagram, twitter, facebook!

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Tiers
Quokkas with Lashes
$3.88 or more per month
  • EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP-ONLY VOTING/POLLS. Your decisions directly shape 88 Cups of Tea including, but not limited to, topics you’d love to see covered in our 88 Cups of Tea featured essays and articles, upcoming content and merchandise, etc.
  • REQUEST TO FEATURE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR AS A GUEST ON THE PODCAST. Our private Facebook group members get to jump in with their requests, but members at this tier and higher get *priority* picks. Though nothing is guaranteed, I can promise to ALWAYS do my very best to get your top pick on the show! 
  • DANCE ALONG WITH 88 CUPS OF TEA! Boost your mood with access to 88 Cups of Tea’s Spotify playlist to brighten up your day and give yourself that extra pep in your step with our curated playlist of over 7 hours of catchy and uplifting tunes that represent our vibe and energy!
  • WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? Tell me what topic(s) you would really love to hear discussed in our upcoming podcast recordings Ex: Would you love to deep-dive into the querying process? Are you struggling with plotting? Would you love to hear stories about how guests are able to work on their writing while holding down a day job? More real talk about finances as a writer?
  • EARLY ACCESS TO TICKETS FOR FUTURE LIVE EVENTS. 
Silkie Chickens with Balloons
$8.88 or more per month
  • EARLY ACCESS TO INTERVIEWS Be the first to listen to our upcoming episodes (way before they're released to the public)! This means you get to listen to them months or weeks in advance. No matter what, you'll get to hear all upcoming episodes before any one else does. These files are just the interview itself-- no intro/outro/jingle music is added. Additionally, you'll usually get access to the full unedited version of the interview. This means you'll also get to hear extra audio content before they're cut out of the final edit. 
  • EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS! Get access to behind-the-scenes footage, pictures, factoids, and other fun stuff that you can’t find anywhere else! Look out for the posts I'll be sharing through Patreon Lens, it works a lot like Instagram stories and the videos/pics disappear after 24 hours. Be sure to download the Patreon app on your phone so you'll get notified whenever I post something on Patreon Lens :) 
  • BOOK HAUL/UNBOXING VIDEOS! Access to dedicated book haul/unboxing whenever our mailed books are piled up! Do you ever wonder whose books have been sent to us to consider for the show? Due to limited space on the podcast, we can’t interview every author that is pitched for our podcast which means our community has no clue which wonderful authors and books have been sent our way. This book unboxing recording will give you a behind-the-scenes look! [Over 6 months ago, I stopped posting book unboxing videos in our private Facebook group due to time constraints. Those instead go here.]
  • Members at this tier will receive all previous tier rewards as well! 
Snails with Mail
$18.88 or more per month
  • TRAVEL WITH ME THROUGH HANDWRITTEN POSTCARDS! I know most of you love traveling or would LOVE to travel one day soon. Traveling is a part of my lifestyle and I usually head out of town at least once or twice a year. Whether it’s a roadtrip or a flight somewhere, I’m going to snailmail you postcards from the road so you can have something tangible from my wanderings! [Be sure to give me your mailing address!] 
  • WELCOME BOX FOR STORYTELLERS! Receive 88 Cups of Tea’s member-exclusive storyteller themed welcome package for this tier and higher. Includes a curated selection of my favorite things and an 88 Cups of Tea merch! Must be current member of this tier for a minimum of 3 consecutive months to redeem your box. (At this time, this is available for U.S. Storytellers only)
  • JOIN IN ON A LIVE INTERVIEW! Every now and again, I will record a podcast episode through Crowdcast and allow EXCLUSIVE access for members at this tier or higher to *see* me and the guest having a conversation with each other! I can't promise how many times this will happen throughout the year as the video call jeopardizes the audio quality and it also depends on how comfortable the author is being on camera.  We'll feature questions from a few of you at the end of the interview, though I'll have to make sure to be respectful of the guest's time. The public will ONLY get access to the *audio* version of this interview. 
  • 25% DISCOUNT OFF ALL MERCH IN OUR SHOP! https://88cupsoftea.com/shop/ 
  • Members at this tier will receive all previous tier rewards as well!