Emmie Mears is creating Science Fiction and Fantasy Universes
20

patrons

$176
per short story
Who I am:
I'm Emmie Mears, a sometime secret car and full-time authory critter. Not actually a cartoon, but Roselle Lim made me a very nice one for this here profile picture!

I write the gamut of science fiction and fantasy -- everything from epic fantasy to magical realism to space opera -- though so far what's out there skittering around bookshelves is mostly of the urban fantasy persuasion. I've written for Writer's DigestTerrible Minds, and Harlequin.com, and in 2016 unlocked a massive personal achievement when Audible bought the audio rights for my Ayala Storme series and Amber Benson (author, actor, director, producer, all-round deity) came on board to narrate the audiobooks.

Why I'm Here:
Right now I am working hard to make ends meet. I work two part time jobs, and I want to keep being able to focus my energies on creating excellent stories for you to sink into and spend time in new worlds. Before July of 2015, I spent six years working 80-100+ hour weeks, which wasn't really a sustainable way to live, as I haven't yet figured out a way to remove my sleep or become part cyborg.

I come from a very poor family (I literally lived in a barn! For realsies!), and I went to university in the fledgling new millennium with the crazy helter-skelter idea that a degree would mean a Living Wage, so I bought the student loan sales pitch hook, line, and sinker. And well...it's almost sunk me. Between debt payments and trying to squeeze a month of work into every fortnight, things most see as necessities (health care, grocery shopping) are sparse luxuries I can't afford. 

In 2014, I had four books sold to publishers. My debut came out! Things were looking up! And then everything came crashing down. My marriage. My home. Within the space of three months, all four of those contracted books got orphaned, my agent left the business, I watched my debut novel vanish from the shelves just before the holiday season, and I suddenly found myself...well. Kind of marooned. 

Since 2014, I have written six more novels and heaps of short stories. I have busted my bum to gain back the ground I lost, and there have been some successes! But doing this work full time and then some requires a lot of mental, emotional, and physical energy. 

Your pledge will enable me to bring you more of what you want: a creative, write-a-holic Emmie who is tapping away at the keyboard to lay new universes at your feet. In addition to the warm, sticky glow of knowing you're supporting my artistic endeavours, the money donated here makes a real, serious difference for me. It helps lift burdens so I can focus on making the best art I can possibly make. 

This is what a month looks like for me:
Rent- £650 (I live with my partner)
Home Office Expenses- £45 (internet, phone, accounting software)
Kitties- £40
Food- £200
Utilities- £80
Tuition- £200 (October 2018-May 2019)
Total: £1015

It's quite a lot, even without including the luxuries I cannot pay for at this time, like mental health services (thankfully, our immigration has ensured us access to the most excellent Scottish National Health Service), cobbling together part time income with writing income is a monthly act of gymnastics and anxiety.

My goal is to be able to bring you 2-4 novel-length works per year (depending on contracts and [boring legalspeak redacted]), but I want to give you more! Exclusive short stories and novelettes, videos of my face saying interesting things, access to exclusive Q&As (also with my face), and the knowledge that if we turn up at the same con, you'll get to have my in-person face stammer a none-too-graceful shout of "OH EM GEE THANK YOU" or something similar.

Patreon is the most direct way for people to support the artists they want to support, and I desperately want to keep making worlds for you to explore.

No matter what, you have my sincerest thanks.




Tiers
Story of Wordiness
$1 or more per short story 8 of 250 patrons
Story of Wordiness: 

You (yes, you) get access to an exclusive monthly downloadable short story! Stories remain exclusive to Patrons for at least 90 days. 

These stories could be anything. Military sci-fi. Goofy space opera. Sexy tentacles. Spooky magical realism. Romantic cyberpunk. Brutal ghost stories. A new tidbit of something for you each month!

Also, anyone to pledge at this level will be thanked in the in-book acknowledgements of my novels from 2017 onward. (You can opt out of this if you'd rather be anonymous!)
Scroll of Secrets
$3 or more per short story 4 of 250 patrons
Scroll of Secrets:

In addition to the exclusive monthly short story, you will receive a short (let's be real -- I'm wordy) behind-the-scenes message from me about the story itself. What inspired it, what I was thinking and feeling whilst writing it, and how it came together.

At this level, you will also get an eARC of my novels in .epub or .mobi as soon as I have them myself (timing can vary -- usually 2-12 weeks prior to publication is a good bet).*

*If this is in my contracts/availability to do so. 
Moving Picture of Insight
$5 or more per short story 1 patron
Moving Picture of Insight:

A couple paragraphs not enough? If you like finding out the nuts and bolts of the writing process (or just like hearing in-depth how the words happen), this is your level. You'll get access to a video of me going into detail about how I do things, where my mind is during the writing process, and how I deal with obstacles and triumphs alike. You also get the $1-$3 rewards!
Circle of Quirks and Madness
$10 or more per short story 2 patrons
Circle of Quirks and Madness:

You get:


-Access to a private Slack where you can ask me questions and hang out with each other (working on this now!)

-Access to bonus content and chapters as I create it

You also get the $1-$5 rewards!

Parchment of Plenty
$25 or more per short story 2 of 50 patrons
Parchment of Plenty:

My brain's a busy place -- here's your window into it! Once a year at this level, I'll send you a personalised letter. It may contain the secrets of the universe! It may contain spells to augment your soul! It may contain a recipe for my favourite lemon bars! It may contain wee anecdotes of the Life of Emmie. Who knows! Each of you will receive something different -- not a form letter with a different name stamped on it. 

You will also get the $1-$10 rewards!

Handmade Item of Mystery
$50 or more per short story 2 of 25 patrons
Handmade Item of Mystery:

I make lots of things. I bead, I make formalwear out of construction paper, I make twelve types of bread on the regular, I make chainmaille, I sometimes draw, I crochet...you get the point.

If you, O Glorious Personage, opt for this level (I thank thee!), I'll send you a Handmade Something made with my very own hands at least once a year. Each will be unique! And yours! From me! And you'll get the $1-$25 rewards as well!
Fable of Emmieness
$100 or more per short story 0 of 25 patrons
Fable of Emmieness:

Exclusive Patreon stories not quite exclusive enough? At this mega-level, you will receive a special bit of flash fiction written by me. Not only that, but it will be printed out on lovely paper and decorated/illuminated at the hands of yours truly. Each will be numbered and signed and may also contain secrets and Easter eggs. These will be mailed out in protective sleeves. You will also get all the other rewards listed on this page.
Goals
$176 of $250 per short story
New goal: At this level, I'll be able to pursue opportunities like visiting rural writing groups and libraries in Scotland's Highlands and Islands. I want to be able to share my time and energy with emergent writers and hungry readers, particularly with rural LGBTQIA+ people who have less access to visiting authors. With $250 a month, I'll be able to coordinate at least one visit every couple months to the Hebrides or the northern Highlands.

Old goal: Want to see what happens next for Gwen, Magda, and Taog in the Shrike universe? You luck dragons--you got this early. You can find it under the Shrike tag. "The View From the Top of a Precarious Hope." 

What getting to $250 a month will mean for me in real terms: This pays for all our utilities (including the internet I need to work!) and food for the kitties for the month.
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Who I am:
I'm Emmie Mears, a sometime secret car and full-time authory critter. Not actually a cartoon, but Roselle Lim made me a very nice one for this here profile picture!

I write the gamut of science fiction and fantasy -- everything from epic fantasy to magical realism to space opera -- though so far what's out there skittering around bookshelves is mostly of the urban fantasy persuasion. I've written for Writer's DigestTerrible Minds, and Harlequin.com, and in 2016 unlocked a massive personal achievement when Audible bought the audio rights for my Ayala Storme series and Amber Benson (author, actor, director, producer, all-round deity) came on board to narrate the audiobooks.

Why I'm Here:
Right now I am working hard to make ends meet. I work two part time jobs, and I want to keep being able to focus my energies on creating excellent stories for you to sink into and spend time in new worlds. Before July of 2015, I spent six years working 80-100+ hour weeks, which wasn't really a sustainable way to live, as I haven't yet figured out a way to remove my sleep or become part cyborg.

I come from a very poor family (I literally lived in a barn! For realsies!), and I went to university in the fledgling new millennium with the crazy helter-skelter idea that a degree would mean a Living Wage, so I bought the student loan sales pitch hook, line, and sinker. And well...it's almost sunk me. Between debt payments and trying to squeeze a month of work into every fortnight, things most see as necessities (health care, grocery shopping) are sparse luxuries I can't afford. 

In 2014, I had four books sold to publishers. My debut came out! Things were looking up! And then everything came crashing down. My marriage. My home. Within the space of three months, all four of those contracted books got orphaned, my agent left the business, I watched my debut novel vanish from the shelves just before the holiday season, and I suddenly found myself...well. Kind of marooned. 

Since 2014, I have written six more novels and heaps of short stories. I have busted my bum to gain back the ground I lost, and there have been some successes! But doing this work full time and then some requires a lot of mental, emotional, and physical energy. 

Your pledge will enable me to bring you more of what you want: a creative, write-a-holic Emmie who is tapping away at the keyboard to lay new universes at your feet. In addition to the warm, sticky glow of knowing you're supporting my artistic endeavours, the money donated here makes a real, serious difference for me. It helps lift burdens so I can focus on making the best art I can possibly make. 

This is what a month looks like for me:
Rent- £650 (I live with my partner)
Home Office Expenses- £45 (internet, phone, accounting software)
Kitties- £40
Food- £200
Utilities- £80
Tuition- £200 (October 2018-May 2019)
Total: £1015

It's quite a lot, even without including the luxuries I cannot pay for at this time, like mental health services (thankfully, our immigration has ensured us access to the most excellent Scottish National Health Service), cobbling together part time income with writing income is a monthly act of gymnastics and anxiety.

My goal is to be able to bring you 2-4 novel-length works per year (depending on contracts and [boring legalspeak redacted]), but I want to give you more! Exclusive short stories and novelettes, videos of my face saying interesting things, access to exclusive Q&As (also with my face), and the knowledge that if we turn up at the same con, you'll get to have my in-person face stammer a none-too-graceful shout of "OH EM GEE THANK YOU" or something similar.

Patreon is the most direct way for people to support the artists they want to support, and I desperately want to keep making worlds for you to explore.

No matter what, you have my sincerest thanks.




Recent posts by Emmie Mears

Tiers
Story of Wordiness
$1 or more per short story 8 of 250 patrons
Story of Wordiness: 

You (yes, you) get access to an exclusive monthly downloadable short story! Stories remain exclusive to Patrons for at least 90 days. 

These stories could be anything. Military sci-fi. Goofy space opera. Sexy tentacles. Spooky magical realism. Romantic cyberpunk. Brutal ghost stories. A new tidbit of something for you each month!

Also, anyone to pledge at this level will be thanked in the in-book acknowledgements of my novels from 2017 onward. (You can opt out of this if you'd rather be anonymous!)
Scroll of Secrets
$3 or more per short story 4 of 250 patrons
Scroll of Secrets:

In addition to the exclusive monthly short story, you will receive a short (let's be real -- I'm wordy) behind-the-scenes message from me about the story itself. What inspired it, what I was thinking and feeling whilst writing it, and how it came together.

At this level, you will also get an eARC of my novels in .epub or .mobi as soon as I have them myself (timing can vary -- usually 2-12 weeks prior to publication is a good bet).*

*If this is in my contracts/availability to do so. 
Moving Picture of Insight
$5 or more per short story 1 patron
Moving Picture of Insight:

A couple paragraphs not enough? If you like finding out the nuts and bolts of the writing process (or just like hearing in-depth how the words happen), this is your level. You'll get access to a video of me going into detail about how I do things, where my mind is during the writing process, and how I deal with obstacles and triumphs alike. You also get the $1-$3 rewards!
Circle of Quirks and Madness
$10 or more per short story 2 patrons
Circle of Quirks and Madness:

You get:


-Access to a private Slack where you can ask me questions and hang out with each other (working on this now!)

-Access to bonus content and chapters as I create it

You also get the $1-$5 rewards!

Parchment of Plenty
$25 or more per short story 2 of 50 patrons
Parchment of Plenty:

My brain's a busy place -- here's your window into it! Once a year at this level, I'll send you a personalised letter. It may contain the secrets of the universe! It may contain spells to augment your soul! It may contain a recipe for my favourite lemon bars! It may contain wee anecdotes of the Life of Emmie. Who knows! Each of you will receive something different -- not a form letter with a different name stamped on it. 

You will also get the $1-$10 rewards!

Handmade Item of Mystery
$50 or more per short story 2 of 25 patrons
Handmade Item of Mystery:

I make lots of things. I bead, I make formalwear out of construction paper, I make twelve types of bread on the regular, I make chainmaille, I sometimes draw, I crochet...you get the point.

If you, O Glorious Personage, opt for this level (I thank thee!), I'll send you a Handmade Something made with my very own hands at least once a year. Each will be unique! And yours! From me! And you'll get the $1-$25 rewards as well!
Fable of Emmieness
$100 or more per short story 0 of 25 patrons
Fable of Emmieness:

Exclusive Patreon stories not quite exclusive enough? At this mega-level, you will receive a special bit of flash fiction written by me. Not only that, but it will be printed out on lovely paper and decorated/illuminated at the hands of yours truly. Each will be numbered and signed and may also contain secrets and Easter eggs. These will be mailed out in protective sleeves. You will also get all the other rewards listed on this page.