Jennifer Ruggiero Schulz is creating Small Press and Fiction
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Hi, I’m Jennifer Schulz (author name, Jennifer Ruggiero Schulz), writer, future publisher, mom of 5, wife, and an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. I live in Joliet, IL with my husband, Nick and our 5 kids (ages 8-17), our cat Sir William Marcus Augustus and our German Shephard Ragnar Odinson.

I grew up with my parents owning their own company. In 2006, my husband and I opened our first business, one he still runs today.

I’ve always been a big dreamer. The idea usually starts small and quite simple. But, before I know it one simple idea has grown and morphed into a life of its own.

I’ve always been a writer, just a writer without any goals in place, that is until 2014. A story draft I began on November 1, 2014 and finished on November 28, 2014 was the first story draft I could say was a complete first draft. I wrote it for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and haven’t looked back since that November.

To date I have multiple first, second, and even third drafts of various fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural/paranormal stories.

Since I began to take this career seriously, it was never a question of what publishing track I would go. Traditionally publishing isn’t something I’ve ever been keen on. Instead, I had to decide if I would be self-publishing or go all in and start my own press.

Well, as big dreamers go, I of course decided my own press was ideal. And, Infinite Reverie Inc was born. This wasn’t a decision I came to lightly. I first spent months researching what it takes to operate a successful small press and what authors and booksellers wanted. I have incorporated all that information into my business plan which is currently being updated to reflect more research I’ve done. It is an ever-going process.

I have spent the majority of my free time researching everything necessary for operating a small publishing press for the past few years, and this year is the year I will be ready to begin publishing my own works.

First on the list is Fall of the Dawn, it is the first book in a series, Old Dawn New Dusk. A high medieval fantasy series that is currently expected to reach 15 novels in total. Later this year the second book in the series, Dawn of the Night is also planned to be released. After that, the publishing plan has the next novel in the series being released each year in October.

For 2019, I have three novels, one being the third book in the Old Dawn New Dusk series. The other two are, 2537 a science fiction standalone novel, and Salvation: Winter’s Night, a science fiction supernatural two-part series.

Life with five kids isn’t cheap, so to earn some income while building my business and getting my drafts ready for publication, I have been doing some freelance editing, and critiques. But to be completely honest, for me to make a decent income from that, most of my day would be filled working on everyone else’s projects, leaving little time for my own, and even less brain power left for the day.

So, instead I’ve gone back to painting houses. It pays better, and I don’t have to do it every day. Instead I might be working on a client’s house for a few weeks and then get to take a few weeks off. This allows me more time to work on my own writing and continue to get Infinite Reverie ready to go by June of this year. I’m not going to lie, toward the end of working on a longer painting projects, most days I end up falling into the couch with Nick and the younger kids, too mentally exhausted to really do anything but stay awake until bedtime.

Those days I have a painting project to work on, I end up spending most of my evening and weekends, working on my projects. While trying to also find time to keep the house together and spend time with the family.

I would be beyond grateful to everyone who chooses to help me out. With your patronage, I could cut back (possibly eliminate) the need to paint. I could refocus my time and energy into building Infinite Reverie to what I know it could be and produce my own writing projects in a timelier manner.

Even after the first two novels are published this year, I know it isn’t going to produce an income right off that bat that would allow me to stop finding other means for an income, especially with needing additional funds to invest in Infinite Reverie. I am putting myself on a contract with Infinite Reverie, which means a portion of the net income from each book sale goes back to the publisher and I only collect a royalty, just like any other author would. I already invest a percentage of all income I earn, from painting and from freelancing back into Infinite Reverie. The purpose is so that it can begin to build operating capital.

If I’m some day going to be able to help other authors and publish their work for them, Infinite Reverie needs to have the funds available to do so the right way to give them the best chance of success.

Some of the goals/milestones I have in place for Infinite Reverie are:


Publish two novels by me in 2018 (testing two different marketing plans)
Publish three novels by me in 2019
Move main office from my home office to a real location nearby and hire a small starting staff
Begin accepting submissions by authors in 2019 (for publication in 2020-2021, possibly for the Winter 2019 season)
Launch Read at the Reverie, Infinite Reverie’s online bookstore to sell books, and book related products
Launch Reverie Readers magazine, will publish short stories, excerpts, interviews with authors, cover events, and so on
Continue building relationships with distributors and indie bookstores across the nation
The list goes on and on. As a patron you would have the access to not only my progress as an author but also the progress of Infinite Reverie, Read at the Reverie and Reverie Readers magazine.

You will get to see behind the scenes photos and updates as everything progresses.
As of March 2018, I am continuing to meet with local printers and book binders to find my vendors for producing print books and Reverie Reader magazine. I have been in contact with different distributors and other vendors as well, creating relationships and building a network.

I am currently working behind the scenes on InfiniteReverie.com to convert it from it’s current for writer and author-based website to a small publishing press site. Soon there will be pages for booksellers, authors, and readers. More information will be better available to each type of visitor for their needs or wants. I do have most of the things in place that need to be, to fully operate as a publishing press, but I only have limited funds I can dedicate to Infinite Reverie. Each and every purchase and expense must be carefully weighed.

Building a business takes a lot of time, effort, and money. There are a lot of things I need to have in place before I can take on anyone else’s projects. Just as an example, here are a few of the things I need to do before I can officially launch Infinite Reverie:

Beef up the current business insurances
Have an attorney on retainer to assist with author contracts, licensing, vender contracts, and so on
Subscriptions to various relevant associations and member only networks (currently a member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Chicago Writer’s Union)
Purchase blocks of ISBNs and EAN barcodes
Subscriptions or fees for software/programs related to operating the business, working on
projects, and getting the books produced properly

Some of the basic publishing expenses are:


Sometimes offering an author advance (Most authors prefer this)
Funds to pay for independent contractors (until there is enough growth to have on staff employees) for editing, proofreading, designing covers and any illustrations
Funds to order proofs, advanced reader copies for reviewers, and print runs
Funds for marketing, promotion, and advertising

To be realistic, on staff employees would start out small. Independent contractors will be hired to do many tasks for the first few years of operation. It is far more cost effective for the work load to only pay for services rendered. This also gives me the opportunity to find the right contractor for the project.

So, what does Infinite Reverie plan to publish?


Fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, thrillers, suspense, YA, NA, underground fiction (stories very unlikely to find a place in mainstream publishing), the only genres we really wouldn’t be interested in are romance, erotica, and anything that is extremely love-story focused.

I have a very long list of tasks and things I either need to or want to do. With your help, I will be able to spend at least twice the current amount of time I do now on checking these items off the list. Each one bringing me closer to publishing and marketing my own stories or bringing Infinite Reverie closer to publishing for other authors.

My goal and reason for starting this account is to only receive financial assistance while it is needed. If I am able to help my husband keep food on the table and a roof over our heads, I’ll be happy.

Once Infinite Reverie is able to cover the upfront costs to publish books, Read at the Reverie will launch online. It is a reader centric online store, selling books and book related items. The ultimate goal would be to open a physical location within the corporate headquarters of Infinite Reverie in the future.

After the launch of the store, the Reverie Reader magazine is the next major milestone. A bi-monthly print and digital magazine featuring short stories, novel excerpts, hosting contests, articles, and so much more.

As a patron, you would have the ability to help define these goals and have your advice be taken seriously.

If you have any questions about my projects or about Infinite Reverie, you can check out the websites at InfiniteReverie.com or JenniferRuggieroSchulz.com, contact me through either site or email me. I’d be more than happy to provide you with more information.
Tiers
Chapter 1
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
For $1/mo You get my undying appreciation. For real, you’re awesome, and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Access to Patron only updates and behind the scenes photos 

Be added to InfiniteReverie.com and JenniferRuggieroSchulz.com monthly newsletters 

Access to an exclusive Facebook Group for my patrons and favorite people

Chapter 2
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
For $3/mo. All the above  

Get to take part in Patron only polls 

Get to see book visuals before anyone else: maps, relationship trees, covers, and more

Chapter 3
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For $5/mo. 

All the above 

Get a free custom bookmark for each new release 

Receive access to pre-order new releases before anyone else with 

Chapter 4
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For $10/mo. All the above 

Digital copy (e-book) of each new release written by me or your choice of one new e-book each three months written by another author published by Infinite Reverie while you remain a patron 

Chapter 5
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
For $20/mo. All the above 

Digital version of Reverie Reader magazine once it becomes available. (Will receive free digital subscription while continue to be a Patron.) 

Monthly Q & A, ask me questions and I’ll answer them the following month 

Access to cut scenes and chapters, character and setting sketches, and the writing process

Chapter 6
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
For $50/mo. All the above 

Receive a signed print book for each novel written by me while you remain a patron

Chapter 7
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
For $100/mo. All the above 

Option to critique/review with an ARCs (Advance Reader Cop) for my books, get the read the story before anyone else, maybe even get to see a portion of your feedback on the back cover or in an advertisement for the book, with your permission of course 

Have your feedback taken into consideration, help me produce a great story 

With your permission, I will include your name in each book with for my appreciation

Chapter 8
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
For $200/mo. All the above 

Eligible to write articles, reviews, or pieces to be published in Reverie Readers or on InfiniteReverie.com in the patron only section of each publication 

Option to critique and receive ARCs for your chosen genre from any author published by Infinite Reverie (Once every three months while you remain a patron) 

Book swag, receive either a tote bag, coffee mug, or t-shirt relating to one published book (actual item will be determined based on which products Infinite Reverie chooses to create for various books.) Receive your goodie four times a year. 

Eligible to purchase tickets (or reserve free ones) for events held by Infinite Reverie

Chapter 9
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
For $500/mo. All the above.

Free tickets to events held by Infinite Reverie (One for you and one for a guest.) 

More book swag, receive tote bags, coffee mugs, and t-shirts relating to published books (actual items will be determined based on which products Infinite Reverie chooses to create for various books.) Receive a new box of goodies (multiple goodies) twice a year.

Goals
$0 of $250 per month
When I reach $250 per month I'll start a once a month video Q&A session. Ask me your questions and once a month I'll post a video answering many of your questions.
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Hi, I’m Jennifer Schulz (author name, Jennifer Ruggiero Schulz), writer, future publisher, mom of 5, wife, and an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. I live in Joliet, IL with my husband, Nick and our 5 kids (ages 8-17), our cat Sir William Marcus Augustus and our German Shephard Ragnar Odinson.

I grew up with my parents owning their own company. In 2006, my husband and I opened our first business, one he still runs today.

I’ve always been a big dreamer. The idea usually starts small and quite simple. But, before I know it one simple idea has grown and morphed into a life of its own.

I’ve always been a writer, just a writer without any goals in place, that is until 2014. A story draft I began on November 1, 2014 and finished on November 28, 2014 was the first story draft I could say was a complete first draft. I wrote it for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and haven’t looked back since that November.

To date I have multiple first, second, and even third drafts of various fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural/paranormal stories.

Since I began to take this career seriously, it was never a question of what publishing track I would go. Traditionally publishing isn’t something I’ve ever been keen on. Instead, I had to decide if I would be self-publishing or go all in and start my own press.

Well, as big dreamers go, I of course decided my own press was ideal. And, Infinite Reverie Inc was born. This wasn’t a decision I came to lightly. I first spent months researching what it takes to operate a successful small press and what authors and booksellers wanted. I have incorporated all that information into my business plan which is currently being updated to reflect more research I’ve done. It is an ever-going process.

I have spent the majority of my free time researching everything necessary for operating a small publishing press for the past few years, and this year is the year I will be ready to begin publishing my own works.

First on the list is Fall of the Dawn, it is the first book in a series, Old Dawn New Dusk. A high medieval fantasy series that is currently expected to reach 15 novels in total. Later this year the second book in the series, Dawn of the Night is also planned to be released. After that, the publishing plan has the next novel in the series being released each year in October.

For 2019, I have three novels, one being the third book in the Old Dawn New Dusk series. The other two are, 2537 a science fiction standalone novel, and Salvation: Winter’s Night, a science fiction supernatural two-part series.

Life with five kids isn’t cheap, so to earn some income while building my business and getting my drafts ready for publication, I have been doing some freelance editing, and critiques. But to be completely honest, for me to make a decent income from that, most of my day would be filled working on everyone else’s projects, leaving little time for my own, and even less brain power left for the day.

So, instead I’ve gone back to painting houses. It pays better, and I don’t have to do it every day. Instead I might be working on a client’s house for a few weeks and then get to take a few weeks off. This allows me more time to work on my own writing and continue to get Infinite Reverie ready to go by June of this year. I’m not going to lie, toward the end of working on a longer painting projects, most days I end up falling into the couch with Nick and the younger kids, too mentally exhausted to really do anything but stay awake until bedtime.

Those days I have a painting project to work on, I end up spending most of my evening and weekends, working on my projects. While trying to also find time to keep the house together and spend time with the family.

I would be beyond grateful to everyone who chooses to help me out. With your patronage, I could cut back (possibly eliminate) the need to paint. I could refocus my time and energy into building Infinite Reverie to what I know it could be and produce my own writing projects in a timelier manner.

Even after the first two novels are published this year, I know it isn’t going to produce an income right off that bat that would allow me to stop finding other means for an income, especially with needing additional funds to invest in Infinite Reverie. I am putting myself on a contract with Infinite Reverie, which means a portion of the net income from each book sale goes back to the publisher and I only collect a royalty, just like any other author would. I already invest a percentage of all income I earn, from painting and from freelancing back into Infinite Reverie. The purpose is so that it can begin to build operating capital.

If I’m some day going to be able to help other authors and publish their work for them, Infinite Reverie needs to have the funds available to do so the right way to give them the best chance of success.

Some of the goals/milestones I have in place for Infinite Reverie are:


Publish two novels by me in 2018 (testing two different marketing plans)
Publish three novels by me in 2019
Move main office from my home office to a real location nearby and hire a small starting staff
Begin accepting submissions by authors in 2019 (for publication in 2020-2021, possibly for the Winter 2019 season)
Launch Read at the Reverie, Infinite Reverie’s online bookstore to sell books, and book related products
Launch Reverie Readers magazine, will publish short stories, excerpts, interviews with authors, cover events, and so on
Continue building relationships with distributors and indie bookstores across the nation
The list goes on and on. As a patron you would have the access to not only my progress as an author but also the progress of Infinite Reverie, Read at the Reverie and Reverie Readers magazine.

You will get to see behind the scenes photos and updates as everything progresses.
As of March 2018, I am continuing to meet with local printers and book binders to find my vendors for producing print books and Reverie Reader magazine. I have been in contact with different distributors and other vendors as well, creating relationships and building a network.

I am currently working behind the scenes on InfiniteReverie.com to convert it from it’s current for writer and author-based website to a small publishing press site. Soon there will be pages for booksellers, authors, and readers. More information will be better available to each type of visitor for their needs or wants. I do have most of the things in place that need to be, to fully operate as a publishing press, but I only have limited funds I can dedicate to Infinite Reverie. Each and every purchase and expense must be carefully weighed.

Building a business takes a lot of time, effort, and money. There are a lot of things I need to have in place before I can take on anyone else’s projects. Just as an example, here are a few of the things I need to do before I can officially launch Infinite Reverie:

Beef up the current business insurances
Have an attorney on retainer to assist with author contracts, licensing, vender contracts, and so on
Subscriptions to various relevant associations and member only networks (currently a member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Chicago Writer’s Union)
Purchase blocks of ISBNs and EAN barcodes
Subscriptions or fees for software/programs related to operating the business, working on
projects, and getting the books produced properly

Some of the basic publishing expenses are:


Sometimes offering an author advance (Most authors prefer this)
Funds to pay for independent contractors (until there is enough growth to have on staff employees) for editing, proofreading, designing covers and any illustrations
Funds to order proofs, advanced reader copies for reviewers, and print runs
Funds for marketing, promotion, and advertising

To be realistic, on staff employees would start out small. Independent contractors will be hired to do many tasks for the first few years of operation. It is far more cost effective for the work load to only pay for services rendered. This also gives me the opportunity to find the right contractor for the project.

So, what does Infinite Reverie plan to publish?


Fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, thrillers, suspense, YA, NA, underground fiction (stories very unlikely to find a place in mainstream publishing), the only genres we really wouldn’t be interested in are romance, erotica, and anything that is extremely love-story focused.

I have a very long list of tasks and things I either need to or want to do. With your help, I will be able to spend at least twice the current amount of time I do now on checking these items off the list. Each one bringing me closer to publishing and marketing my own stories or bringing Infinite Reverie closer to publishing for other authors.

My goal and reason for starting this account is to only receive financial assistance while it is needed. If I am able to help my husband keep food on the table and a roof over our heads, I’ll be happy.

Once Infinite Reverie is able to cover the upfront costs to publish books, Read at the Reverie will launch online. It is a reader centric online store, selling books and book related items. The ultimate goal would be to open a physical location within the corporate headquarters of Infinite Reverie in the future.

After the launch of the store, the Reverie Reader magazine is the next major milestone. A bi-monthly print and digital magazine featuring short stories, novel excerpts, hosting contests, articles, and so much more.

As a patron, you would have the ability to help define these goals and have your advice be taken seriously.

If you have any questions about my projects or about Infinite Reverie, you can check out the websites at InfiniteReverie.com or JenniferRuggieroSchulz.com, contact me through either site or email me. I’d be more than happy to provide you with more information.

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Tiers
Chapter 1
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
For $1/mo You get my undying appreciation. For real, you’re awesome, and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Access to Patron only updates and behind the scenes photos 

Be added to InfiniteReverie.com and JenniferRuggieroSchulz.com monthly newsletters 

Access to an exclusive Facebook Group for my patrons and favorite people

Chapter 2
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
For $3/mo. All the above  

Get to take part in Patron only polls 

Get to see book visuals before anyone else: maps, relationship trees, covers, and more

Chapter 3
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For $5/mo. 

All the above 

Get a free custom bookmark for each new release 

Receive access to pre-order new releases before anyone else with 

Chapter 4
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For $10/mo. All the above 

Digital copy (e-book) of each new release written by me or your choice of one new e-book each three months written by another author published by Infinite Reverie while you remain a patron 

Chapter 5
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
For $20/mo. All the above 

Digital version of Reverie Reader magazine once it becomes available. (Will receive free digital subscription while continue to be a Patron.) 

Monthly Q & A, ask me questions and I’ll answer them the following month 

Access to cut scenes and chapters, character and setting sketches, and the writing process

Chapter 6
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
For $50/mo. All the above 

Receive a signed print book for each novel written by me while you remain a patron

Chapter 7
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
For $100/mo. All the above 

Option to critique/review with an ARCs (Advance Reader Cop) for my books, get the read the story before anyone else, maybe even get to see a portion of your feedback on the back cover or in an advertisement for the book, with your permission of course 

Have your feedback taken into consideration, help me produce a great story 

With your permission, I will include your name in each book with for my appreciation

Chapter 8
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
For $200/mo. All the above 

Eligible to write articles, reviews, or pieces to be published in Reverie Readers or on InfiniteReverie.com in the patron only section of each publication 

Option to critique and receive ARCs for your chosen genre from any author published by Infinite Reverie (Once every three months while you remain a patron) 

Book swag, receive either a tote bag, coffee mug, or t-shirt relating to one published book (actual item will be determined based on which products Infinite Reverie chooses to create for various books.) Receive your goodie four times a year. 

Eligible to purchase tickets (or reserve free ones) for events held by Infinite Reverie

Chapter 9
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
For $500/mo. All the above.

Free tickets to events held by Infinite Reverie (One for you and one for a guest.) 

More book swag, receive tote bags, coffee mugs, and t-shirts relating to published books (actual items will be determined based on which products Infinite Reverie chooses to create for various books.) Receive a new box of goodies (multiple goodies) twice a year.