Ainy Rainwater is creating everyday magic and sci-fi.
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patrons

$17
per month
Why Patreon, why indie, why any of this?
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Independence and freedom

Right now I'm not under contract, nor am I seeking a publisher. I'm an indie author by choice, not because I'm marking time until some glorious publishing deal comes through. That makes what I write and do here on Patreon a priority, not a side-gig. Yes, ebooks will come from this, from my own label, and (as always) they will be available from online ebookstores. Patrons who support me as I write these books will get thanked in the acknowledgements of books when they’re published. You’ll also get the ebooks here first, ahead of the publication date!

The biggest advantage traditional publishing has over indie (from my unique perspective) is publicity/promotion and people to prep the book for publication. These things suck up a tremendous amount of time and energy, but with patrons (like you!) I can hire people for the less-creative aspects of getting a manuscript published. Income means independence and freedom. Always has, always will.

Fun stuff

You'll get works-in-progress every month, and also Patrons-only posts will sometimes also include exclusive short fiction in addition to the works in progress! (Fiction I post--or have posted--elsewhere online may be posted here as public posts; patrons won't be paying for something others get free.) There will be occasionally other random goodies for patrons! If you're a second tier patron you'll also get characters, scenes, and wild imaginings yet to be developed. Your interest could result in some of those being developed into stories. If I've got patrons clamoring for something it's going to get quickly reshuffled in the priority list! And there's a tier for bookworms which has reviews and other book discussions. Each tier includes everything in the tier below, too. Everything you get here as patron-only material is exclusive to patrons until it's actually published as ebook or print, or in a magazine, podcast, etc. The Bookworm tier also sometimes includes other book posts and book discussions in addition to the reviews. I'd love to talk books with you! As a patron you'll be asked for input into what you'd like to see for additional tiers or extra goodies. A good Patreon has a community of fans, discussions, activity. I’ll be more active here than elsewhere online because this isn't like social media: this is about the stories I love writing--and people like you who love reading them.

I'm doing what I enjoy and I'm just itching for you to see all the wonderful things that I've been working on! I'm always writing, mostly science fiction and fantasy. Currently I'm working on a sequel to 2016's novel If Wishes Were Spaceships, and The Seaport Chronicles, a multi-book chick-lit fantasy series about the misenchanted city of Seaport and assorted people who find themselves in this coastal city. It's a place where the ancient trees quietly rule and try to hold back the magic of the relentless sea. Some people are inexplicably drawn to Seaport, dazed and unsettled by the strangeness they encounter, which the residents take for granted...but not too much. It doesn't pay to get on the wrong side of the trees. Or the sea.

It was said that enchantment lapped at the shores of Seaport, then lapped over the city, and finally lapped the city up.

Whether it's adventures in every day magic or adventures in the galaxy at large, these things take time to write. I've already got a tremendous amount done which I'll be sharing here with you, along with short stories, character sketches, wild imaginings, and book reviews, depending on what tier you choose. I may add more upper tiers after I get comfortable with the schedule (because more tiers means producing more material), but right now I'd rather have a lot of Patrons at low tiers than a few Patrons at high tiers. (Psst---if you like what I'm writing tell your friends! Entry level is cheap thrills!)

I know how frustrated you get by the long time it takes a novel to get from my imagination to your hands. It bothers me, too. Here you'll get a steady stream of fiction-in-progress---as well as finished works! More books and stories set in the universe I created for my science fiction novels, the four book Seaport series that I'm working on (which will take years to reach completion and publication), plus stand-alone stories and bits of other projects.

The mainstay of my Patreon are the novels in progress, the series fiction. It's not unreasonable to want an income to support me writing them. As I approach retirement age I'm giving more thought to my need for a steady monthly income in the future. Building a community of readers here on Patreon will certainly help with that.

More creativity and less drudgery

Most authors don't have the luxury of a steady income. Patreon allows us to be paid for our work, as we work, which is exactly how most people are normally paid. I don't want to wait until books are published years later to be paid pennies---and my readers don't want to have to wait years to read what I'm writing. It's a win-win: I get a modest but (more-or-less) steady income and you get imaginary adventures every month! (This is a monthly type Patreon: you'll be charged per month, not per "thing" I post.) Funds from Patreon help me write because it pays for things that suck time, energy, and money away from the writing. I'd rather be writing the next chapter of a novel than wading through thousands of words looking for typos or wrestling with website issues. More creativity and less drudgery for the author can only be a good thing! It benefits readers, too: money for editing, proofreading, formatting, and original cover art make the final books the absolute very best they can be.

Would I like to make a living wage from my writing? Of course! Every human being wants to be paid for their work and be able to support themselves. Will Patreon (plus book sales) allow me to do this? That's really up to you. I'll do my part!

My fiction is mostly fun stuff and we all need more fun stuff in our lives, don't we? Yes! So, join me exploring imaginary places and traveling with interesting characters to weird and wonderful worlds!


The obligatory bio:

Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, music, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online.

Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016.

She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. “Everest Sunrise” was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. For more about Gymshoes music, please see Gymshoesmusic.com, which has liner notes and much more.

You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects, and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog. A Truant Disposition is Ainy Rainwater’s official author site.

Available from most online ebook stores.
Tiers
Wip'd Cream
$1 or more per month

Works in progress ("wips")! Currently sci-fi and contemporary fantasy. Although this may include some stand-alone or out of order scenes, most scenes and chapters will be in order, so patrons can read the drafts (more or less) as if serialized.

Eclectic Imaginings
$3 or more per month

Character sketches and assorted scenes not (yet!) attached to any project or story. Hint: Encouraging comments could result in character or scene being developed into a story!

Bookworm
$5 or more per month

Book reviews--both fiction and nonfiction, usually not F/SF, so if you read widely, or want to read more widely, here's an eclectic selection to consider! Minimum is 1 review per month, but some months will have more, and tier occasionally includes other book posts and discussions!

Goals
$17 of $20 per month
First goal is for a modest monthly amount, but it'll fund something beautiful and fun!

I'll be able to do a major website upgrade and redesign, more features, and better tech support so it's no longer a time-consuming soul-sucking half-dead thing on life-support. A beautiful website with lots of cool features! (I'm looking into adding more interactive features like chat and forums, and possibly a special patrons-only section.) A website destination you'll love visiting and I'll love having!
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Why Patreon, why indie, why any of this?
***
Independence and freedom

Right now I'm not under contract, nor am I seeking a publisher. I'm an indie author by choice, not because I'm marking time until some glorious publishing deal comes through. That makes what I write and do here on Patreon a priority, not a side-gig. Yes, ebooks will come from this, from my own label, and (as always) they will be available from online ebookstores. Patrons who support me as I write these books will get thanked in the acknowledgements of books when they’re published. You’ll also get the ebooks here first, ahead of the publication date!

The biggest advantage traditional publishing has over indie (from my unique perspective) is publicity/promotion and people to prep the book for publication. These things suck up a tremendous amount of time and energy, but with patrons (like you!) I can hire people for the less-creative aspects of getting a manuscript published. Income means independence and freedom. Always has, always will.

Fun stuff

You'll get works-in-progress every month, and also Patrons-only posts will sometimes also include exclusive short fiction in addition to the works in progress! (Fiction I post--or have posted--elsewhere online may be posted here as public posts; patrons won't be paying for something others get free.) There will be occasionally other random goodies for patrons! If you're a second tier patron you'll also get characters, scenes, and wild imaginings yet to be developed. Your interest could result in some of those being developed into stories. If I've got patrons clamoring for something it's going to get quickly reshuffled in the priority list! And there's a tier for bookworms which has reviews and other book discussions. Each tier includes everything in the tier below, too. Everything you get here as patron-only material is exclusive to patrons until it's actually published as ebook or print, or in a magazine, podcast, etc. The Bookworm tier also sometimes includes other book posts and book discussions in addition to the reviews. I'd love to talk books with you! As a patron you'll be asked for input into what you'd like to see for additional tiers or extra goodies. A good Patreon has a community of fans, discussions, activity. I’ll be more active here than elsewhere online because this isn't like social media: this is about the stories I love writing--and people like you who love reading them.

I'm doing what I enjoy and I'm just itching for you to see all the wonderful things that I've been working on! I'm always writing, mostly science fiction and fantasy. Currently I'm working on a sequel to 2016's novel If Wishes Were Spaceships, and The Seaport Chronicles, a multi-book chick-lit fantasy series about the misenchanted city of Seaport and assorted people who find themselves in this coastal city. It's a place where the ancient trees quietly rule and try to hold back the magic of the relentless sea. Some people are inexplicably drawn to Seaport, dazed and unsettled by the strangeness they encounter, which the residents take for granted...but not too much. It doesn't pay to get on the wrong side of the trees. Or the sea.

It was said that enchantment lapped at the shores of Seaport, then lapped over the city, and finally lapped the city up.

Whether it's adventures in every day magic or adventures in the galaxy at large, these things take time to write. I've already got a tremendous amount done which I'll be sharing here with you, along with short stories, character sketches, wild imaginings, and book reviews, depending on what tier you choose. I may add more upper tiers after I get comfortable with the schedule (because more tiers means producing more material), but right now I'd rather have a lot of Patrons at low tiers than a few Patrons at high tiers. (Psst---if you like what I'm writing tell your friends! Entry level is cheap thrills!)

I know how frustrated you get by the long time it takes a novel to get from my imagination to your hands. It bothers me, too. Here you'll get a steady stream of fiction-in-progress---as well as finished works! More books and stories set in the universe I created for my science fiction novels, the four book Seaport series that I'm working on (which will take years to reach completion and publication), plus stand-alone stories and bits of other projects.

The mainstay of my Patreon are the novels in progress, the series fiction. It's not unreasonable to want an income to support me writing them. As I approach retirement age I'm giving more thought to my need for a steady monthly income in the future. Building a community of readers here on Patreon will certainly help with that.

More creativity and less drudgery

Most authors don't have the luxury of a steady income. Patreon allows us to be paid for our work, as we work, which is exactly how most people are normally paid. I don't want to wait until books are published years later to be paid pennies---and my readers don't want to have to wait years to read what I'm writing. It's a win-win: I get a modest but (more-or-less) steady income and you get imaginary adventures every month! (This is a monthly type Patreon: you'll be charged per month, not per "thing" I post.) Funds from Patreon help me write because it pays for things that suck time, energy, and money away from the writing. I'd rather be writing the next chapter of a novel than wading through thousands of words looking for typos or wrestling with website issues. More creativity and less drudgery for the author can only be a good thing! It benefits readers, too: money for editing, proofreading, formatting, and original cover art make the final books the absolute very best they can be.

Would I like to make a living wage from my writing? Of course! Every human being wants to be paid for their work and be able to support themselves. Will Patreon (plus book sales) allow me to do this? That's really up to you. I'll do my part!

My fiction is mostly fun stuff and we all need more fun stuff in our lives, don't we? Yes! So, join me exploring imaginary places and traveling with interesting characters to weird and wonderful worlds!


The obligatory bio:

Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, music, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online.

Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016.

She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. “Everest Sunrise” was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. For more about Gymshoes music, please see Gymshoesmusic.com, which has liner notes and much more.

You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects, and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog. A Truant Disposition is Ainy Rainwater’s official author site.

Available from most online ebook stores.

Recent posts by Ainy Rainwater

Tiers
Wip'd Cream
$1 or more per month

Works in progress ("wips")! Currently sci-fi and contemporary fantasy. Although this may include some stand-alone or out of order scenes, most scenes and chapters will be in order, so patrons can read the drafts (more or less) as if serialized.

Eclectic Imaginings
$3 or more per month

Character sketches and assorted scenes not (yet!) attached to any project or story. Hint: Encouraging comments could result in character or scene being developed into a story!

Bookworm
$5 or more per month

Book reviews--both fiction and nonfiction, usually not F/SF, so if you read widely, or want to read more widely, here's an eclectic selection to consider! Minimum is 1 review per month, but some months will have more, and tier occasionally includes other book posts and discussions!