A.L. DeLeon is creating fiction novels , short stories, and other writing adventures
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patrons

$21
per month
Thank you for being here and checking out what I'm attempting to accomplish. It means a lot to me that you're willing to spend a little of your time here :)

Who am I?

 A little about me as a person- I go by April and write under the pen name A.L. DeLeon. I am raising three kids on my own, that in itself makes life somewhat complicated but not boring :)  

I've been writing as a creative outlet for as long as I can remember.  I'm also a former non-profit director, so at some point I'm gonna want to do more than writing. I'm also going to want to help others as much as I'm able to. Someday I'd like to start my own non-profit advocating travel, cultural relations, and education. And own my own bookstore... but those are further down the line of goals and dreaming.

First, I want to get my written work out there, establish myself as an author, and get to know people by sharing these stories of mine.

What kinds of stories do I write, you ask?

I write fantasy fiction, occasionally some sci-fi, as well as, poetry every now and again. My first novel, Blue, is expected to be published with Dragon Moon Press sometime later this year or it may end up being pushed to 2018 (entirely my fault as I need to get the edited draft finished and sent to them over the next few months to be able to make it happen this year).

That's the thing though, many times my time is diverted from writing because of the need to maintain other sources of income to keep up my daily adult life- making sure my kids and I have a roof over our heads, etc.  This is where Patreon comes in.

What will Patreon supporters like you help me do?

1. Finish Blue, book 1 of 3 in a planned trilogy, to be published with Dragon Moon Press.

2. Format and self publish a compilation of poetry that I've written over the last 10 years.

3. Format, edit, and make available via self publishing a series of short stories I've been writing. First I plan to release each individually by e-book and then later to compile them each into one book, tentatively titled the "Shot Glass Reading Series." These short stories will each have a cover illustrated by local artists. In support of their work, I'd like to pay them for their time and efforts.

4. Plan, format, and begin making available a monthly short story magazine online, and then later in print, showcasing work from a multitude of other talented Indie and small press authors, entitled Crimson Whiskey Magazine. I'll need others to help with this idea and it might take some time to plan out how to publish it, garner work from other authors, and ultimately pay the authors for the work they provide to be included. The same is true for the formatters/editors who will contribute to it as well. 

5. Reach other goals such as travel for research purposes, upgrade and maintain my author website, attend more writer's conferences, utilize other tools out there to help me continue to become a better author, be able to participate in events where I can met and engage with readers and patrons like you, and ultimately produce more written works and give back to my community. 

Tiers
I'm down with this!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Awesome, thank you!

You'll be included on a list where I occasionally email out basic updates on where I'll be at, give hints at release dates, and reach out for early readers for reviews. You'll also get access to patron-only content and Patron-only polls, which means you'll see something posted here at least once a week. 
I Gotcha!
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Sweet! Much appreciated :)

This level of patronage gets you status updates on progress with novels, short stories and more. You'll also get sneak peek at pictures of work before the official release to the public & all previous rewards!
Let's Roll!
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Thank you! Super happy to have you on board!

This level gets you a copy of all e-book short stories produced once they're finished while you're a patron, plus all previous rewards!
Stoked about this!
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow. Thank you!

You'll get early downloads of all releases- that's the e-version of both the short stories and the novel for you! Plus a T-shirt and all previous rewards.  And a hand written thank you note will be sent your way :)
Let's get this party going!
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
I can't honestly thank you enough...seriously, thank you :)

This kind of patronage is awesome, setting aside $30 each month just to help get these stories out there- I'm humbled and honored.  This level get's you all the previous rewards, plus signed physical copies of all the novels I produce while you remain a patron.
I am all in for this!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow. Just Wow :)

This is where I start doing videos (nothing super fancy and most likely done from my phone) of updates, things you'll hear first before everyone else, you might even learn way more about me than you ever wanted to know- like which kid of mine decided to cover themselves with mud or something that day. Occasionally I'll ask one of the local artists who helps with cover illustrations, to join in on these. I"ll post videos at least once a month depending on how crazy life is going. 
I am in Love with this!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
I can't get this cheesy smile off my face! Thank you!

Aside from getting all the aforementioned rewards, I'll do a personal video call with you for one hour, once a year to talk about writing, ideas you have for a short story, etc. I'll also encourage you to pursue whatever it is you've always wanted to pursue.  It's kinda my thing to give pep talks like that, though I warn you in advance- I'm fairly honest with people and sometimes that can be brutal to hear.
We're gonna make this happen!
$500 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
$500 a month??? Really? Well, I'm not gonna say no...but dang that's a lot of commitment!! :)

If you choose this I will probably be speechless, humbled, and more grateful than I could possibly express. Not only will you get all of the awesome awards already mentioned- but you'll get your name featured in the acknowledgements of every book I publish.  I'll only accept a limited number of patrons for this..because well, $500 a month is a lot and I don't want to break the bank for someone.

Patron Extraordinaire
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Ummm....   Uhhh.... I'm Speechless. Truly. 

I don't expect anyone to actually commit $1000 of their monthly budget to my writing endeavors, In fact I might wonder what would really motivate someone to do so. I've even limited this to 5 people max. However, should you decide that this is indeed what you want to do for a year. I'll plan an all inclusive writing retreat for those of you who do this.  I don't know where yet, but I'm always wanting to be in warmer weather.
Goals
$21 of $100 per month
Happiness starts here :)

This gets everything rolling in the right direction and stories start become real- as in outside of my head and onto paper (or e-paper) and well on the way to becoming books.

Plus, you'll get to see me super humbled and excited to see this journey take flight!
1 of 5
Thank you for being here and checking out what I'm attempting to accomplish. It means a lot to me that you're willing to spend a little of your time here :)

Who am I?

 A little about me as a person- I go by April and write under the pen name A.L. DeLeon. I am raising three kids on my own, that in itself makes life somewhat complicated but not boring :)  

I've been writing as a creative outlet for as long as I can remember.  I'm also a former non-profit director, so at some point I'm gonna want to do more than writing. I'm also going to want to help others as much as I'm able to. Someday I'd like to start my own non-profit advocating travel, cultural relations, and education. And own my own bookstore... but those are further down the line of goals and dreaming.

First, I want to get my written work out there, establish myself as an author, and get to know people by sharing these stories of mine.

What kinds of stories do I write, you ask?

I write fantasy fiction, occasionally some sci-fi, as well as, poetry every now and again. My first novel, Blue, is expected to be published with Dragon Moon Press sometime later this year or it may end up being pushed to 2018 (entirely my fault as I need to get the edited draft finished and sent to them over the next few months to be able to make it happen this year).

That's the thing though, many times my time is diverted from writing because of the need to maintain other sources of income to keep up my daily adult life- making sure my kids and I have a roof over our heads, etc.  This is where Patreon comes in.

What will Patreon supporters like you help me do?

1. Finish Blue, book 1 of 3 in a planned trilogy, to be published with Dragon Moon Press.

2. Format and self publish a compilation of poetry that I've written over the last 10 years.

3. Format, edit, and make available via self publishing a series of short stories I've been writing. First I plan to release each individually by e-book and then later to compile them each into one book, tentatively titled the "Shot Glass Reading Series." These short stories will each have a cover illustrated by local artists. In support of their work, I'd like to pay them for their time and efforts.

4. Plan, format, and begin making available a monthly short story magazine online, and then later in print, showcasing work from a multitude of other talented Indie and small press authors, entitled Crimson Whiskey Magazine. I'll need others to help with this idea and it might take some time to plan out how to publish it, garner work from other authors, and ultimately pay the authors for the work they provide to be included. The same is true for the formatters/editors who will contribute to it as well. 

5. Reach other goals such as travel for research purposes, upgrade and maintain my author website, attend more writer's conferences, utilize other tools out there to help me continue to become a better author, be able to participate in events where I can met and engage with readers and patrons like you, and ultimately produce more written works and give back to my community. 

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Tiers
I'm down with this!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Awesome, thank you!

You'll be included on a list where I occasionally email out basic updates on where I'll be at, give hints at release dates, and reach out for early readers for reviews. You'll also get access to patron-only content and Patron-only polls, which means you'll see something posted here at least once a week. 
I Gotcha!
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Sweet! Much appreciated :)

This level of patronage gets you status updates on progress with novels, short stories and more. You'll also get sneak peek at pictures of work before the official release to the public & all previous rewards!
Let's Roll!
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Thank you! Super happy to have you on board!

This level gets you a copy of all e-book short stories produced once they're finished while you're a patron, plus all previous rewards!
Stoked about this!
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow. Thank you!

You'll get early downloads of all releases- that's the e-version of both the short stories and the novel for you! Plus a T-shirt and all previous rewards.  And a hand written thank you note will be sent your way :)
Let's get this party going!
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
I can't honestly thank you enough...seriously, thank you :)

This kind of patronage is awesome, setting aside $30 each month just to help get these stories out there- I'm humbled and honored.  This level get's you all the previous rewards, plus signed physical copies of all the novels I produce while you remain a patron.
I am all in for this!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow. Just Wow :)

This is where I start doing videos (nothing super fancy and most likely done from my phone) of updates, things you'll hear first before everyone else, you might even learn way more about me than you ever wanted to know- like which kid of mine decided to cover themselves with mud or something that day. Occasionally I'll ask one of the local artists who helps with cover illustrations, to join in on these. I"ll post videos at least once a month depending on how crazy life is going. 
I am in Love with this!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
I can't get this cheesy smile off my face! Thank you!

Aside from getting all the aforementioned rewards, I'll do a personal video call with you for one hour, once a year to talk about writing, ideas you have for a short story, etc. I'll also encourage you to pursue whatever it is you've always wanted to pursue.  It's kinda my thing to give pep talks like that, though I warn you in advance- I'm fairly honest with people and sometimes that can be brutal to hear.
We're gonna make this happen!
$500 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
$500 a month??? Really? Well, I'm not gonna say no...but dang that's a lot of commitment!! :)

If you choose this I will probably be speechless, humbled, and more grateful than I could possibly express. Not only will you get all of the awesome awards already mentioned- but you'll get your name featured in the acknowledgements of every book I publish.  I'll only accept a limited number of patrons for this..because well, $500 a month is a lot and I don't want to break the bank for someone.

Patron Extraordinaire
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Ummm....   Uhhh.... I'm Speechless. Truly. 

I don't expect anyone to actually commit $1000 of their monthly budget to my writing endeavors, In fact I might wonder what would really motivate someone to do so. I've even limited this to 5 people max. However, should you decide that this is indeed what you want to do for a year. I'll plan an all inclusive writing retreat for those of you who do this.  I don't know where yet, but I'm always wanting to be in warmer weather.