Gillian Polack is creating fiction, essays, aides for writers, history, foodstuff
36

patrons

$214
per month
I love so many things: writing and history and recipes and almost everything to do with books. I'm full of bonhomie and love for the universe except... I hate explaining who I am and why I'm in a place. I'd rather tell stories about people and who they are, or analyse culture and history and make sense of why we are here and what we think we're doing. One of the reasons I'm here is because it's been suggested to me by so very many people.

I'm a writer and a historian and a bunch of other things. I also have remarkably bad luck in income generation. Whenever I finish a PhD, the bottom falls out of the job market. I have two PhDs and their end-dates coincide precisely with a lack of jobs. I've had regular jobs and have a  vast array of experience in some rather interesting areas, but I really am a writer and ethnohistorian and teacher. I'm unhappy when I don't have a novel in progress and am researching and have people to teach and learn from. You'll see all those things reflected in the perks, as I've tried to reflect the desires of my advisers in the perks.

Part of the reason I'm here, then, is because so many people suggested it, and because I had one of those years from hell and the best way to emerge from years from hell is to buckle down and do good work at whatever makes one's life joyous. Subversive novels and cutting edge research are those things for me. Passing on knowledge and helping people understand, I never forget those. Also chocolate.

A new reason (new as of the middle of 2018) is that life has become very tough. One reason  is government cutbacks. They have affected writer incomes and I've lost a lot of my teaching due to this. One thing that working in this industry has shown me is that the writing end lacks security. I can have two booking coming out in a year and not have enough to live on.

For the next few years I will also have unexpected and large expenses. Friends are helping me rearrange my everyday life so that when I have more severe disabilities, my flat is set up so that I can deal with it. The next two years are full of changes, therefore, and if I and my friends can navigate them, it won't be as bad as it could be. I admit, this is a lousy time to lose most of my teaching!

There's more to it than this, of course. It's not all about me. I used to blog on food history, and write fortnightly articles for BiblioBuffet, and talk about tools for writing and about history on my regular blog. Times have changed. The internet has changed. I write elsewhere and I teach. Not everyone can be in my classes and not everyone can find what I'm writing and, every other day, people ask me questions. Every now and then I have Open Question Time on my blog (like duck season, but for questions) but fans still miss my articles and ideas and so, finally, I have given in and am bringing that side of my life to the public again.

This isn't one-sided, therefore. There will be opportunities to suggest topics you want to hear about such as historical food you came across in a book and can't quite envisage. There will be opportunities to consult with me as a writer, as a historian, as an educator.

One of the complaints about my work is that much of it has drowned in archives, so once a month I will find something very obscure (but fascinating) and restore it to life, just for you. Just to add to the joy, once a month there will be a brand-new essay, also just for you.

The money from your support will go towards my living expenses, developmental stuff and talking with my fans stuff (conventions!), and research materials (which include some strange things, especially if I'm engaged in food history research). The idea is to have a more stable income base so that I can do brilliant work in my lonesome garret. (The fact that it is neither lonesome nor a garret is immaterial.)

For me, this Patreon is a wonderful opportunity to match needs. I hope you agree – and become my patron!


If you want to support me, but becoming a patron is too much/too regular/too anything else, there are other ways of supporting my work. Buying my books (for yourself, for a friend, for someone you hate) is the best one. I may only get a percentage of what you pay, but I will get the satisfaction of a growing readership. My ebook can cost less than a cup of coffee, so I haven’t set up a place where you can buy me ‘cups of coffee’.

If you would like to give me money for a cuppa or for anything else as a one-off donation, Paypal is both our friends (I track everything I receive through PayPal, so that I can pay tax, for those who worry about this end of things): https://www.paypal.me/GillianPolack



Tiers
Foodies!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
By request (lots of request) I'll post a recipe a fortnight on my Patreon page, just for patrons! Some will be mine, some historical, and some may even be from whatever fiction I happen to have out for my fiction has recipes behind it. (Just to make it clear, if you donate more than $1, you get access to the recipes. All rewards include the lower tiers.)
Fictioneers!
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
Once a month, a sneak preview (by email, no less than 2,000 words) of my current fiction. It could be science fiction, it could be fantasy, or it could be science fiction that looks like fantasy. If I don't have any new fiction that month, then something old but either unpublished or little known will find your inbox. I live dangerously.
Thinkers
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
My current fiction by email (of course) plus a new essay once a month and a reprint of a hard-to-find essay once a month. These can cover anything from food history to writing gendershifting aliens.
Choices...
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
All the wonderful writing available to the lower tiers, plus the opportunity to choose which topic the next new essay will be on. Once a month I will proffer a selection of subjects and anyone eligible for this reward gets to vote. If you're the only one voting, then the choice is yours every single month.
Writerdom
$7 or more per month 3 patrons
This one is for writers. All the wonderful writing available to the lower tiers, plus, once a month by email, one of my teaching aides for writers. Some of these aides will come from my current teaching, but some will be drawn from my research and patrons will be the first to see them.
Walkers in Strange Lands
$15 or more per month 6 patrons
The writing, of course, and the chance to vote on subjects, plus two questions of me (at a time that suits you) a month.

Until the new novel is finished, you get a monthly update on its progress and the interesting experiences of writing it. When my pain matches the novel's pain...


When the novel is in draft form, you get to look at chapters and to talk about them and to influence my edits. You also get acknowledged when the novel is published.


For your New Year present, you may choose one of my e-photographs. Everything from the Middle Ages to haunted eucalypts at your disposal. 

Creators
$20 or more per month 2 of 15 patrons
As well as all the wonders of the lower tiers, you get to name a character in the new novel.  From your naming I will develop their cultural background and their personal background – your naming will not be a random imposition. I'll do a sheet for you that gives some of their background, so that you you will know more about your character than any other reader.


When it's all done, you also receive an e-copy, the moment a publisher publishes one. Given this might take a while, you may choose one of my e-photographs instead. Everything from the Middle Ages to haunted eucalypts at your disposal. 

Goals
$214 of $500 per month
I wrote my novel with the help of Patrons - thank you!

Unfortunately, my life has taken one of those turns. Every cent I receive from you will help me get through it. This goal takes me to the poverty line. It means I can use my savings to do writing promotion (Worldcon in Dublin) rather than pay for basic groceries.

The closer I come to this goal the more basic expenses will be covered. If I get close enough to it then I'll be able to take some of the time I spend hunting immediate work to pay bills, and use it for creating fiction.

How quickly I write varies from novel to novel so I can't promise a novel in a year, but I can promise to use the money wisely. My next novel is set in the alternate universe that first appeared in a recent short story. I'm almost through the research for it and I'm almost finished my pre-writing notes. I don't normally write such extensive notes, but this novel is different. Some Patrons have already seen a sample of the notes.

I will write the best novels I can and your support will make a big difference to my emotional well-being. Also, due to the strnageness of my life, to my physical one. The next few years are not going to be easy for me - I greatly apprecaite the help.
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I love so many things: writing and history and recipes and almost everything to do with books. I'm full of bonhomie and love for the universe except... I hate explaining who I am and why I'm in a place. I'd rather tell stories about people and who they are, or analyse culture and history and make sense of why we are here and what we think we're doing. One of the reasons I'm here is because it's been suggested to me by so very many people.

I'm a writer and a historian and a bunch of other things. I also have remarkably bad luck in income generation. Whenever I finish a PhD, the bottom falls out of the job market. I have two PhDs and their end-dates coincide precisely with a lack of jobs. I've had regular jobs and have a  vast array of experience in some rather interesting areas, but I really am a writer and ethnohistorian and teacher. I'm unhappy when I don't have a novel in progress and am researching and have people to teach and learn from. You'll see all those things reflected in the perks, as I've tried to reflect the desires of my advisers in the perks.

Part of the reason I'm here, then, is because so many people suggested it, and because I had one of those years from hell and the best way to emerge from years from hell is to buckle down and do good work at whatever makes one's life joyous. Subversive novels and cutting edge research are those things for me. Passing on knowledge and helping people understand, I never forget those. Also chocolate.

A new reason (new as of the middle of 2018) is that life has become very tough. One reason  is government cutbacks. They have affected writer incomes and I've lost a lot of my teaching due to this. One thing that working in this industry has shown me is that the writing end lacks security. I can have two booking coming out in a year and not have enough to live on.

For the next few years I will also have unexpected and large expenses. Friends are helping me rearrange my everyday life so that when I have more severe disabilities, my flat is set up so that I can deal with it. The next two years are full of changes, therefore, and if I and my friends can navigate them, it won't be as bad as it could be. I admit, this is a lousy time to lose most of my teaching!

There's more to it than this, of course. It's not all about me. I used to blog on food history, and write fortnightly articles for BiblioBuffet, and talk about tools for writing and about history on my regular blog. Times have changed. The internet has changed. I write elsewhere and I teach. Not everyone can be in my classes and not everyone can find what I'm writing and, every other day, people ask me questions. Every now and then I have Open Question Time on my blog (like duck season, but for questions) but fans still miss my articles and ideas and so, finally, I have given in and am bringing that side of my life to the public again.

This isn't one-sided, therefore. There will be opportunities to suggest topics you want to hear about such as historical food you came across in a book and can't quite envisage. There will be opportunities to consult with me as a writer, as a historian, as an educator.

One of the complaints about my work is that much of it has drowned in archives, so once a month I will find something very obscure (but fascinating) and restore it to life, just for you. Just to add to the joy, once a month there will be a brand-new essay, also just for you.

The money from your support will go towards my living expenses, developmental stuff and talking with my fans stuff (conventions!), and research materials (which include some strange things, especially if I'm engaged in food history research). The idea is to have a more stable income base so that I can do brilliant work in my lonesome garret. (The fact that it is neither lonesome nor a garret is immaterial.)

For me, this Patreon is a wonderful opportunity to match needs. I hope you agree – and become my patron!


If you want to support me, but becoming a patron is too much/too regular/too anything else, there are other ways of supporting my work. Buying my books (for yourself, for a friend, for someone you hate) is the best one. I may only get a percentage of what you pay, but I will get the satisfaction of a growing readership. My ebook can cost less than a cup of coffee, so I haven’t set up a place where you can buy me ‘cups of coffee’.

If you would like to give me money for a cuppa or for anything else as a one-off donation, Paypal is both our friends (I track everything I receive through PayPal, so that I can pay tax, for those who worry about this end of things): https://www.paypal.me/GillianPolack



Recent posts by Gillian Polack

Tiers
Foodies!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
By request (lots of request) I'll post a recipe a fortnight on my Patreon page, just for patrons! Some will be mine, some historical, and some may even be from whatever fiction I happen to have out for my fiction has recipes behind it. (Just to make it clear, if you donate more than $1, you get access to the recipes. All rewards include the lower tiers.)
Fictioneers!
$2 or more per month 13 patrons
Once a month, a sneak preview (by email, no less than 2,000 words) of my current fiction. It could be science fiction, it could be fantasy, or it could be science fiction that looks like fantasy. If I don't have any new fiction that month, then something old but either unpublished or little known will find your inbox. I live dangerously.
Thinkers
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
My current fiction by email (of course) plus a new essay once a month and a reprint of a hard-to-find essay once a month. These can cover anything from food history to writing gendershifting aliens.
Choices...
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
All the wonderful writing available to the lower tiers, plus the opportunity to choose which topic the next new essay will be on. Once a month I will proffer a selection of subjects and anyone eligible for this reward gets to vote. If you're the only one voting, then the choice is yours every single month.
Writerdom
$7 or more per month 3 patrons
This one is for writers. All the wonderful writing available to the lower tiers, plus, once a month by email, one of my teaching aides for writers. Some of these aides will come from my current teaching, but some will be drawn from my research and patrons will be the first to see them.
Walkers in Strange Lands
$15 or more per month 6 patrons
The writing, of course, and the chance to vote on subjects, plus two questions of me (at a time that suits you) a month.

Until the new novel is finished, you get a monthly update on its progress and the interesting experiences of writing it. When my pain matches the novel's pain...


When the novel is in draft form, you get to look at chapters and to talk about them and to influence my edits. You also get acknowledged when the novel is published.


For your New Year present, you may choose one of my e-photographs. Everything from the Middle Ages to haunted eucalypts at your disposal. 

Creators
$20 or more per month 2 of 15 patrons
As well as all the wonders of the lower tiers, you get to name a character in the new novel.  From your naming I will develop their cultural background and their personal background – your naming will not be a random imposition. I'll do a sheet for you that gives some of their background, so that you you will know more about your character than any other reader.


When it's all done, you also receive an e-copy, the moment a publisher publishes one. Given this might take a while, you may choose one of my e-photographs instead. Everything from the Middle Ages to haunted eucalypts at your disposal.