When Patreon decided to change how my supporters were billed, I argued against it. I believe that any fees charged should come out of my income, just like with any other service I use to reach my readers and fans. To help make up for you paying more, I updated my goals and rewards to give you more. Luckily, Patreon heard enough to cancel their planned fees, so you won’t be billed extra for wanting to help me.
I still want to give you more, though. So, you’re going to get it.
Beginning right now, I’ll be writing a complete story for you each month. (For examples of my other writing, check out this sorted list of fiction here.) My goals have been updated to show how long a piece of fiction you can get. At $50 a month, you’ll find a 500-word micro fiction, written just for my patrons. When we reach $100 a month, you’ll get a 1000-word flash fiction story that won’t be published anywhere else. Each additional $50 a month adds another 500 words to the total story length, so at $250 a month, you’ll get a 2500 word original story each month.
At $300 a month, I’ll start recording myself reading that month’s story! You’ll be able to read it online and listen to the audio. (Again, these are original pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.) Plus, you’ll still see the secret news and updates, writing thoughts, and other tidbits you’ve already had access to. That won’t change.
The more supporters that I have, the more you each get. Working together, you all are helping me to keep the lights on while I write, more than any one person could do alone.
Also starting this month, I have 5 levels of support that you can choose from, and special rewards for each:
Tentacles ($1 or more per month) Thank you! Everyone who pledges at any level will get monthly updates not available anywhere else, which might include secret news (personal or professional), excerpts from my current writing projects, random drawings, and the occasional recipe. Plus, my appreciation.
The supporters at this level are called Tentacles because no matter how small they are, if you have enough of them, you can drag a whaling ship to the bottom of the sea.
Glittering Eyes ($3 or more per month) Thank you very much! Patrons at this level will get access to all of my regular monthly content, plus you’ll get a digital copy of my bi-annual zine delivered to you every Spring and Fall.
Supporters at this level are called Glittering Eyes because you only need a few to get the job done, but having a lot of them certainly makes an impact.
Whispering Tongues ($5.00+ per month) Extra special thank you! Pledge at this level to get access to all of my regular monthly content and the digital edition of my bi-annual zine, plus: Every Winter and Summer, I’ll mail out a physical postcard with a haiku or microfiction, just for you.
Supporters at this level are called Whispering Tongues because even if they aren’t connected, with enough of them, the world is a very different place. Or at least, a dark room certainly is.
Gaping Maws ($10.00+ per month)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Supporters at this level will get access to all of my regular monthly content, plus you’ll get a PHYSICAL copy of my bi-annual zine mailed out to you every Spring and Fall. This limited edition, hand-crafted, publication will include original writing and art, and will be signed and numbered. (You’ll also have access to the digital copy of the zine, and will get the Winter and Summer postcards.)
These patrons are called Gaping Maws because you really only need one to change your life… but the more you have, the more sure you can be that your immediate future is going to be very different than the one you imagined.
See? YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
Dread Cultists ($20.00+ per month)
I can’t possibly thank you enough.
Patrons at $20 and above will be invited to join me in a regular monthly online chat (times and dates to be determined) where we can talk about how I work, what I write or what you want to see from me, or where I get my ideas. Or, very possibly, my thoughts on the robot/dinosaur uprising our secret overlords have scheduled for 2019.
And! Supporters at this level will also get access to all of my regular monthly content, plus you’ll get a PHYSICAL copy of my bi-annual zine mailed out to you every Spring and Fall. This limited edition, hand-crafted, publication will include original writing and art, and will be signed and numbered. You’ll also have the digital copy of the zine, and will get the Winter and Summer postcards.
Basically: you get everything.
Patrons at this level are called Dread Cultists because with just a couple of you, we could reshape my world entirely. All it takes is a few true believers and a willingness to summon… whatever might happen next.
So please, tell your friends. Help me find new patrons, and together we can create new fiction every month.
PS. Pledge your support, or change your level of support, here. If you sign up now, you’ll get access to all of the posts I’ve written so far as well as everything coming up!