Adam-Troy Castro

is creating Stories That Stick

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patrons
A very strange boy lives in a mansion populated by shadows. A very difficult woman solves murders in the distant future. A married couple endure constant interference by their own future selves. A fetus decides to give birth as an exercise in performance art.

My name is Adam-Troy Castro, and I write stories. 27 books so far, 16 of them novels. I have won the Seiun and the Philip K. Dick awards. I have been nominated for eight Nebula awards, two Hugos, and three Stokers.

I'm also a mid-lister, and it needs to be said that writers are not all rich. Not even all the good ones are rich. (And not all the rich ones are good.) This is even true of those who work primarily in novels. I do those, but I also do short fiction, which doesn't pay much more than it did in 1960.

Making a living at this incredibly rewarding but also incredibly difficult career is not only a challenge but sometimes a recipe for stress, as when the bills are due and the payment for your latest magnum opus might show up in your account anywhere from six weeks to six months from now. This was easier when my wife and I both worked full-time. Then I lost the day job and devoted all my energies to life as a full-time wordsmith. This was tougher, but we made it work. Judi's job took care of all the necessities, and my own not-inconsiderable contribution took care of the extras. For many years we lived comfortably with these contributions. We were not rich. But we were okay.

Alas, Judi's infirmities have multiplied and she can no longer work. Medical bills are mounting. At 59, I am faced with a choice between getting a full-time job that will cut my production time to the absolute minimum, as back in the days when I worked sixty hours and only managed one or two short stories a year, or finding new ways to supplement my writing income so that I can continue to produce more of the work that matters to me, and to many of you. 

It is especially difficult for writers like me who have followed their muse wherever it leads, and not necessarily in the direction of creating a brand. If I have a brand, it's that I have no brand. I have written extreme horror, science fiction of both the Asimovian and Ellisonian varieties, superhero potboilers, illustrated alphabet books, middle-grade novels. and -- currently making the rounds --- a mainstream thriller.  I intend to blaze new trails, and fully expect some of them to be riskier than others. Why, there are certain possibilities looming in the near future that -- but, oh, I cannot tell you about them, quite yet. 

I know that some of you have been following me all along, and I appreciate this more than I can say. This Patreon is something I have avoided for a long time, as the very idea goes against my instincts. But I promise you that I intend to offer significant value for your support. If you read my work regularly, you should be able to find a level that works for you. 

I thank you for paying attention. 

-- Adam-Troy Castro

Tiers
The Wink and a Nod Level
$1 or more per month

You receive a thank you message and access to all public posts.

The Gilbert Level
$5 or more per month

In addition to all public posts, you receive exclusive photos of Gilbert and his sisters,  weekly news on works in progress, and occasional other extras.

The Remake Chronicles Level
$10 or more per month

In addition to the benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive access to a monthly all-new installment of the acclaimed movie blog THE REMAKE CHRONICLES, available only here, plus additional exclusive movie commentary.


The Gustav Level
$15 or more per month

In addition to the benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive excerpts from stories and novels in progress and about to be published, and some entire works that will be exclusive to this platform. Guaranteed within first year: an all-new short story featuring Gustav Gloom and Fernie What.  Guaranteed two new Gustav stories a year, after that.  This level also gives you access to a monthly text Q & A.

The Well, Gee, Look At That Level
$20 or more per month

In addition to benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive my all-new vlog.

Helping Hands Level
$50 or more per month

In addition to benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive a monthly half-hour video workshop and coaching session on their own fiction in progress. (Time of call and length of submissions to be discussed.)

Subscribers will be named in the acknowledgments of future books.

In addition, the subscriber's name will be used for a character in an upcoming story.

The Emissary from My Head Level
$200 or more per month

In addition to benefits from prior levels, subscribers who have been at this level for six consecutive months get a personal appearance by the author anywhere within the continental United States.  (Other regions will require further negotiation). This can include conventions. Priority seating at all author events, a signed new publication, and one meal with the author, are included. The appearance is limited to one per year and is subject to prior scheduling and other life commitments, It will be helpful to book this as far in advance as possible.  

A very strange boy lives in a mansion populated by shadows. A very difficult woman solves murders in the distant future. A married couple endure constant interference by their own future selves. A fetus decides to give birth as an exercise in performance art.

My name is Adam-Troy Castro, and I write stories. 27 books so far, 16 of them novels. I have won the Seiun and the Philip K. Dick awards. I have been nominated for eight Nebula awards, two Hugos, and three Stokers.

I'm also a mid-lister, and it needs to be said that writers are not all rich. Not even all the good ones are rich. (And not all the rich ones are good.) This is even true of those who work primarily in novels. I do those, but I also do short fiction, which doesn't pay much more than it did in 1960.

Making a living at this incredibly rewarding but also incredibly difficult career is not only a challenge but sometimes a recipe for stress, as when the bills are due and the payment for your latest magnum opus might show up in your account anywhere from six weeks to six months from now. This was easier when my wife and I both worked full-time. Then I lost the day job and devoted all my energies to life as a full-time wordsmith. This was tougher, but we made it work. Judi's job took care of all the necessities, and my own not-inconsiderable contribution took care of the extras. For many years we lived comfortably with these contributions. We were not rich. But we were okay.

Alas, Judi's infirmities have multiplied and she can no longer work. Medical bills are mounting. At 59, I am faced with a choice between getting a full-time job that will cut my production time to the absolute minimum, as back in the days when I worked sixty hours and only managed one or two short stories a year, or finding new ways to supplement my writing income so that I can continue to produce more of the work that matters to me, and to many of you. 

It is especially difficult for writers like me who have followed their muse wherever it leads, and not necessarily in the direction of creating a brand. If I have a brand, it's that I have no brand. I have written extreme horror, science fiction of both the Asimovian and Ellisonian varieties, superhero potboilers, illustrated alphabet books, middle-grade novels. and -- currently making the rounds --- a mainstream thriller.  I intend to blaze new trails, and fully expect some of them to be riskier than others. Why, there are certain possibilities looming in the near future that -- but, oh, I cannot tell you about them, quite yet. 

I know that some of you have been following me all along, and I appreciate this more than I can say. This Patreon is something I have avoided for a long time, as the very idea goes against my instincts. But I promise you that I intend to offer significant value for your support. If you read my work regularly, you should be able to find a level that works for you. 

I thank you for paying attention. 

-- Adam-Troy Castro

Recent posts by Adam-Troy Castro

Tiers
The Wink and a Nod Level
$1 or more per month

You receive a thank you message and access to all public posts.

The Gilbert Level
$5 or more per month

In addition to all public posts, you receive exclusive photos of Gilbert and his sisters,  weekly news on works in progress, and occasional other extras.

The Remake Chronicles Level
$10 or more per month

In addition to the benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive access to a monthly all-new installment of the acclaimed movie blog THE REMAKE CHRONICLES, available only here, plus additional exclusive movie commentary.


The Gustav Level
$15 or more per month

In addition to the benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive excerpts from stories and novels in progress and about to be published, and some entire works that will be exclusive to this platform. Guaranteed within first year: an all-new short story featuring Gustav Gloom and Fernie What.  Guaranteed two new Gustav stories a year, after that.  This level also gives you access to a monthly text Q & A.

The Well, Gee, Look At That Level
$20 or more per month

In addition to benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive my all-new vlog.

Helping Hands Level
$50 or more per month

In addition to benefits from prior levels, subscribers receive a monthly half-hour video workshop and coaching session on their own fiction in progress. (Time of call and length of submissions to be discussed.)

Subscribers will be named in the acknowledgments of future books.

In addition, the subscriber's name will be used for a character in an upcoming story.

The Emissary from My Head Level
$200 or more per month

In addition to benefits from prior levels, subscribers who have been at this level for six consecutive months get a personal appearance by the author anywhere within the continental United States.  (Other regions will require further negotiation). This can include conventions. Priority seating at all author events, a signed new publication, and one meal with the author, are included. The appearance is limited to one per year and is subject to prior scheduling and other life commitments, It will be helpful to book this as far in advance as possible.