Samuel is creating LGBT Fantasy Stories
37

patrons

$134
per Chapters of ongoing work.
WHO AM I?

My name is Samuel Roe, and I’ve been writing LGBT-themed fiction for the past four years under the name “Cynus”. I am roughly thirty years of age, I have an extensive background in religion and food service, and I know what it’s like to grow up gay in a community which doesn’t understand what that means. I am human, I am passionate, and I am driven.

MY MISSION

My number one goal is to help create a world which celebrates diversity instead of stifling it. I’ve always believed in the philosophy of ‘becoming the change you wish to see in the world’, and I try to live my life in accordance with my belief that the world is better off with more diversity.
When I was young, I found it difficult to find relatable protagonists in the stories I read. It wasn’t the authors’ fault by any means—I’m a unique person, relating to people isn’t always my strong suit—but I always felt a little left out when I read fiction. Don’t get me wrong, there were some wonderful stories which really connected with me. Some notable characters I connected with are Andrew “Ender” Wiggin from Ender’s Game, Jarlaxle Baenre from R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’Urden series, and Simon from Lord of the Flies. They certainly existed, but I found them few and far between, and with the only exception of Ender, they rarely featured front and center in the stories.
Because I’ve always felt like an outsider, and I connect with outsiders, my mission is to create protagonists for people like me: those who live outside the mainstream. I want to tell the stories which are often neglected, pushed aside in the name of either principle or profit. The goal isn’t to get rich, it’s to make good art.
But I do want to dedicate my life to it, and for that there are costs. I want to be making art all the time, and I believe my message is important enough to give my constant devotion to it. The reason this Patreon exists is to accomplish that goal.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Patreon provides a platform for me to make a living while spreading my message. If you’re not familiar with the service, this is how it works:
  • Patreon is a crowdfunding service. It allows a creator to be funded by a large number of people rather than relying solely on the generosity of a single benefactor (as opposed to say, traditional publishing or a record deal)
  • Patrons pledge a small amount of money either per creation or per month (I run mine through the ‘per creation’ model). This can be as little as $1, and as much as the patron would like to donate.
  • You can select a monthly maximum so that you won’t be charged more than a certain amount. Say you pledged $10 per creation, but you set your monthly maximum at $20. That means even if I create three or more items in a month, you’ll never be charged more than $20 in a month.
  • Patreon charges a small fee which is withdrawn from your pledge. This is a much smaller fee than other crowdfunding sites, and is used to keep Patreon up and running.
I’ve enjoyed Patreon so far, and I think it’s one of the best services out there to help artists break into the market. It’s even given me the courage to break away from my 9-5 and write full-time, even though I’m not quite able to subsist on Patreon alone as of yet. To give you an idea of how Patreon can help me do that, here’s a few examples of what your pledge will do for me:
  • A pledge of $1 allows me to get a cup of coffee at 7-11. Writers need their stimulants!
  • A pledge of $5 allows me to buy bread and some bananas. Just need some peanut-butter and I’ve got sandwiches for days!
  • A pledge of $10 allows me to make a batch of chili, and I make some damn good chili. That’s lunch for a week if I do it right.
  • A pledge of $20 allows me to pay for gas for most of the month. That’s right, this writer gets to be mobile!
All of these pledges add up. First it’s just a few little things, but eventually I can pay the internet bill, then I can pay for food, then I can actually make my rent payment! I don’t care about making much more than what it takes to survive. Again, it’s not about the money, it’s about the ability to make good art. As long as my basic needs are taken care of, I’ll be happy eating nothing but soup for the rest of my life if it means I can devote my full energy to writing.

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN WHAT'S CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ALL PATRONS: patreon.com/posts/16121665

IN CONCLUSION

I hope you’ll consider supporting me and my art. And even if you don’t, please at least take the time to experience my art and see if it makes you feel something. We all can change the world if we invest ourselves fully in the process.

Peace and love to all of you.

Samuel Roe

Tiers
Early Access
$1 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 13 patrons
My thanks and appreciation. Every little bit helps, and I'm incredibly grateful that you took the time to support me with what you could offer. Even this amount helps me to pay bills, buy food, and give me a chance to relax a little knowing that there is money in my pocket. Thanks a bunch!

I'll send you a personal email thanking you for your contribution and introducing you to a bit of my personal story. Consider this an invitation to friendship if you're so inclined, as I love to meet new people.

Every patron at this level will have access to my 'patron only' posts, which gives you tons of early chapter readings and insight into my writing process. How cool is that?

In addition, each patron who pledges at this level will be recognized in dedication on my journal postings at Medium, tumblr, and at the different websites where my stories are posted when possible. If you would like to waive the dedication, just let me know.
Might be worth something, someday.
$2 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 12 patrons
NEW REWARD:

In addition to the above rewards, I'd like to send you a handwritten letter of appreciation. Of course, this will require your address. Don't worry, addresses are kept private by Patreon.

Feel free to waive this option as wanted.
Writing Advice Column
$5 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 2 patrons
This will give you access to a regular posting of writing advice. I'm told that this is something my readers might be interested in, even though I'm not sure I'm quite adequate as a writer to give quality advice.

Feel free to prove me wrong!
Stay awhile and listen
$8 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 2 patrons
If you're the kind of person who likes hearing stories in the writer's voice, then this is for you. If you pledge this amount to my creations, I will send you a voice recording of me reading a story of your choice.
Personal Writing Project
$10 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 8 patrons
I will write a short story just for you set in a genre of your choosing and involving two characters of your choice. I promise that I'll give it my all and put my best work forward.

One restriction: I won't write anything illegal.
Writing mentorship
$20 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 0 of 4 patrons
If you'd like me to give specific attention to your writing and help you grow your own potential as an author, I'll give you my personal contact information and provide you with editing and plotting help, as well as offer a second pair of eyes.
Goals
$134 of $150 per Chapters of ongoing work.
If this goal is met, I can pay rent through Patreon alone. This means I can stop working as many odd jobs just to make ends meet.
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WHO AM I?

My name is Samuel Roe, and I’ve been writing LGBT-themed fiction for the past four years under the name “Cynus”. I am roughly thirty years of age, I have an extensive background in religion and food service, and I know what it’s like to grow up gay in a community which doesn’t understand what that means. I am human, I am passionate, and I am driven.

MY MISSION

My number one goal is to help create a world which celebrates diversity instead of stifling it. I’ve always believed in the philosophy of ‘becoming the change you wish to see in the world’, and I try to live my life in accordance with my belief that the world is better off with more diversity.
When I was young, I found it difficult to find relatable protagonists in the stories I read. It wasn’t the authors’ fault by any means—I’m a unique person, relating to people isn’t always my strong suit—but I always felt a little left out when I read fiction. Don’t get me wrong, there were some wonderful stories which really connected with me. Some notable characters I connected with are Andrew “Ender” Wiggin from Ender’s Game, Jarlaxle Baenre from R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’Urden series, and Simon from Lord of the Flies. They certainly existed, but I found them few and far between, and with the only exception of Ender, they rarely featured front and center in the stories.
Because I’ve always felt like an outsider, and I connect with outsiders, my mission is to create protagonists for people like me: those who live outside the mainstream. I want to tell the stories which are often neglected, pushed aside in the name of either principle or profit. The goal isn’t to get rich, it’s to make good art.
But I do want to dedicate my life to it, and for that there are costs. I want to be making art all the time, and I believe my message is important enough to give my constant devotion to it. The reason this Patreon exists is to accomplish that goal.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Patreon provides a platform for me to make a living while spreading my message. If you’re not familiar with the service, this is how it works:
  • Patreon is a crowdfunding service. It allows a creator to be funded by a large number of people rather than relying solely on the generosity of a single benefactor (as opposed to say, traditional publishing or a record deal)
  • Patrons pledge a small amount of money either per creation or per month (I run mine through the ‘per creation’ model). This can be as little as $1, and as much as the patron would like to donate.
  • You can select a monthly maximum so that you won’t be charged more than a certain amount. Say you pledged $10 per creation, but you set your monthly maximum at $20. That means even if I create three or more items in a month, you’ll never be charged more than $20 in a month.
  • Patreon charges a small fee which is withdrawn from your pledge. This is a much smaller fee than other crowdfunding sites, and is used to keep Patreon up and running.
I’ve enjoyed Patreon so far, and I think it’s one of the best services out there to help artists break into the market. It’s even given me the courage to break away from my 9-5 and write full-time, even though I’m not quite able to subsist on Patreon alone as of yet. To give you an idea of how Patreon can help me do that, here’s a few examples of what your pledge will do for me:
  • A pledge of $1 allows me to get a cup of coffee at 7-11. Writers need their stimulants!
  • A pledge of $5 allows me to buy bread and some bananas. Just need some peanut-butter and I’ve got sandwiches for days!
  • A pledge of $10 allows me to make a batch of chili, and I make some damn good chili. That’s lunch for a week if I do it right.
  • A pledge of $20 allows me to pay for gas for most of the month. That’s right, this writer gets to be mobile!
All of these pledges add up. First it’s just a few little things, but eventually I can pay the internet bill, then I can pay for food, then I can actually make my rent payment! I don’t care about making much more than what it takes to survive. Again, it’s not about the money, it’s about the ability to make good art. As long as my basic needs are taken care of, I’ll be happy eating nothing but soup for the rest of my life if it means I can devote my full energy to writing.

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN WHAT'S CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ALL PATRONS: patreon.com/posts/16121665

IN CONCLUSION

I hope you’ll consider supporting me and my art. And even if you don’t, please at least take the time to experience my art and see if it makes you feel something. We all can change the world if we invest ourselves fully in the process.

Peace and love to all of you.

Samuel Roe

Recent posts by Samuel

Tiers
Early Access
$1 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 13 patrons
My thanks and appreciation. Every little bit helps, and I'm incredibly grateful that you took the time to support me with what you could offer. Even this amount helps me to pay bills, buy food, and give me a chance to relax a little knowing that there is money in my pocket. Thanks a bunch!

I'll send you a personal email thanking you for your contribution and introducing you to a bit of my personal story. Consider this an invitation to friendship if you're so inclined, as I love to meet new people.

Every patron at this level will have access to my 'patron only' posts, which gives you tons of early chapter readings and insight into my writing process. How cool is that?

In addition, each patron who pledges at this level will be recognized in dedication on my journal postings at Medium, tumblr, and at the different websites where my stories are posted when possible. If you would like to waive the dedication, just let me know.
Might be worth something, someday.
$2 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 12 patrons
NEW REWARD:

In addition to the above rewards, I'd like to send you a handwritten letter of appreciation. Of course, this will require your address. Don't worry, addresses are kept private by Patreon.

Feel free to waive this option as wanted.
Writing Advice Column
$5 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 2 patrons
This will give you access to a regular posting of writing advice. I'm told that this is something my readers might be interested in, even though I'm not sure I'm quite adequate as a writer to give quality advice.

Feel free to prove me wrong!
Stay awhile and listen
$8 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 2 patrons
If you're the kind of person who likes hearing stories in the writer's voice, then this is for you. If you pledge this amount to my creations, I will send you a voice recording of me reading a story of your choice.
Personal Writing Project
$10 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 8 patrons
I will write a short story just for you set in a genre of your choosing and involving two characters of your choice. I promise that I'll give it my all and put my best work forward.

One restriction: I won't write anything illegal.
Writing mentorship
$20 or more per Chapters of ongoing work. 0 of 4 patrons
If you'd like me to give specific attention to your writing and help you grow your own potential as an author, I'll give you my personal contact information and provide you with editing and plotting help, as well as offer a second pair of eyes.