Jennifer Derrick is creating novels, stories, and the occasional non-fiction thing.
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For those of you who don't know much about me, let me share the relevant bits: I write fantasy fiction for both YA and adult audiences. Currently, I have four novels under my belt with more to come. I've been nominated for a RONE award and sold enough books to be considered by some Amazon metrics a "Best Selling Author." I've also won a few short story contests.

My YA fantasy series, Threads of the Moirae, is published by Clean Teen Publishing. These books are all about Fate, Greek gods and goddesses, war, family feuds gone horribly wrong, romance, and death. And weird abandoned theme parks.

My New Adult fantasy series, Legacy of the Book Mesmer, kicks off this fall with the first book coming from Crimson Tree Publishing in December. This series is about the power of books, knowledge, and the preservation of history. As all readers know, books can totally save the world! There's also magic, romance, war, death, and family feuds gone horribly wrong. And weird abandoned libraries.

Sensing a theme? Yeah, me too. Anyway, I have three more Legacy books and one Moirae book under contract. After that, the world is open to new ideas. And I have a boatload of those.

I'm also a freelance writer. Mostly I write technical documents, online help, and marketing copy for various corporations. Snooze, I know, but it keeps the lights on. I've also written for some well-known websites and blogs, and I write about board games on iSlaytheDragon. If you want to see all the places my work has appeared, you can head to JenniferDerrick.com.

I'm also owned by a dog. She is a benevolent overlord and most of her demands are reasonable. In exchange for meeting them every day, I am awakened by sloppy kisses and covered in a blizzard of fur. My hobbies include the aforementioned board games, Lego, jigsaw puzzles, tennis, and an unhealthy obsession with finding the world's best donut.



I recognize that I am far more fortunate than many writers. As a freelance writer, I get to make a living with words! I'm not flipping burgers or cleaning sewer drains for an income. Neither am I in danger of having my lights cut off or my health insurance revoked. So, yay for that! I realize I have no real right to complain, and that I'm totally dealing with first-world problems here.

So, with that said, why Patreon?

Why am I asking for money from you if I'm not in danger of
having to eat my dog's kibble to survive?

Bluntly: Writing for corporations is not what I dream about doing with however many years I have left on this planet. I love my clients and the work can be interesting, but it isn't fun. Nor is it particularly soul-fulfilling. Fiction, on the other hand, is fun. Creating something that entertains people gives me warm-fuzzies in a way that nothing else can. It's what I would do all day, every day if money were no object.

Money, though, is an object. As it is for everyone who hasn't won the lottery or found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Despite having achieved a modicum of success with my books, I'm still nowhere near being able to ditch my freelance work in favor of full- or even part-time fiction writing. This means that books come out far less often than I (and fans) would like, and many cool projects can only rattle around in my brain, waiting for the day I have time to make them real.

At the present rate, I'm going to die with most of them still rattling around in there.

Between daily life (stupid bodily needs like eating, sleeping, basic hygiene, and exercise keep getting in the way), being a caregiver, and running a freelancing business, I'm usually pushing my maximum waking hours in a week. "Novelist" is another small business in its own right, one which increasingly requires full-time hours in order to produce and promote the books and stories you love. Running two full-time businesses with one life is not a recipe for success. Or sanity.

And yes, I do earn some money from my books. However, by the time my publisher takes their cut, the taxman gets his cut, and I cover expenses for supplies and things like web hosting, event travel and registrations, advertising, and promotion, my fiction bleeds money every month. It even siphons money from my freelancing income.

To cover the losses I take on more freelance work, leaving me even less time to work on my fiction. It's a vicious, unbreakable circle. Unless I can produce enough fiction to move my writing career up the ladder a bit and gain a little breathing room (or find that pot of gold), I will always be pushing against the limitations of time and money that make full-time fiction a distant dream.

I'm hoping Patreon can break this circle and allow me to cut down to one job: Novelist. Or, if that's not possible, at least buy me enough extra hours to become a part-time Novelist instead of what I am now: A person who writes books when she can find a spare five minutes. 

How much money will it take?


Anything helps. Even a few hundred dollars would free up some welcome extra hours. But these are the big numbers:

  • At $500 per month, I would have an extra ten hours per week to devote to writing.

  • At $1,000 per month, I can scale back to part-time freelancing and free up twenty or more hours per week for my fiction.

  • At $3,000 per month, I can drop the freelancing entirely and become a full time Author of Cool Stuff.

My immediate goals with the extra time I'm seeking are as follows: 

  • Finish the last book in the Threads of the Moirae series. This is long overdue and I apologize to the fans of the series. I know you want to know what happens to Alex and Atropos, and I can't wait to tell you!

  • Write Hades' origin story. By far, the story I'm asked for most often is, "Tell us what happened in Hades' early life!" Even though he's a minor character in the Moirae books, people love him and want to know how he turned out to be both cynical and helpful. I've got that book in my head…

  • Write the next three books in the Legacy of the Book Mesmer series as fast as humanly possible. The early buzz is so positive for the first book that I want to capitalize on that momentum by releasing the sequels quickly.

  • Rework a trunked YA project about Stonehenge that has potential, but needs a major overhaul

  • Finally get to do all the cool things for my fans that I've wanted to do since my first book was published. Includes: Writing short stories from other character's points of view; sharing some origin stories, deleted scenes, character sketches and interviews; producing annotated books; talking directly to fans about what they'd like to see next; doing some flash fiction or word sprints with writing-minded fans; doing more giveaways, sharing some insights into my process through video… And so much else!

  • In the more distant future… Write more books (I have an idea file filled to overflowing) and short stories, plus continue producing bonus content for all of it. In short, dump my imagination on the page for you to enjoy.



Ideally, I'll gain enough breathing space financially to "buy" myself more writing time. (And more donuts.) Hopefully, I can soon stop saying, "No" to opportunities like speaking engagements or writing stories for anthologies because I either can't afford them, or I simply don't have the time to participate. 

In turn, this should level up my writing career (or at least give me more of a chance than I have now). Producing more work and being more visible is the key to building a bigger audience and propelling myself higher up the career ladder.

Of course, it's not just any work that needs to be produced. An army of monkeys can crank out enough crap to get noticed. However, I aim for a level significantly higher than monkey crap. Unfortunately, producing more work without having the mental, physical, or financial resources to do so sanely leads to a degradation in quality, AKA Money Crap. This Patreon will allow me to produce better work than monkeys! (At least I hope so, otherwise I've got much bigger problems.)

More Work on the Market = Career Advancement = Higher Income =
Ability to Produce More Work

Rinse, repeat.

Plus, and this is a biggie, I dream of creating a community of fans who are engaged with my work. I'd like to think we could even go beyond my work to discuss books or TV shows, pets, hobbies, and whatever else you want to talk about.

Thus far, I've been unsuccessful at creating such a community using conventional social media and mailing lists. Mailing lists are one-way-only communication. Social media is often anti-social, especially in the current climate. (Every time I go on Facebook, I swear I feel my blood pressure spike to code red levels.)

I want to hear from the people who enjoy my work. I want to know what you want next. (Doesn't mean I can always do it, but I still want to know.) I want to share the creative process with you. I want to give you goodies and heap adoration upon you for being my super fans. I want to meet you at conventions and feel like we're already sort-of-friends.

So that's what I hope to get from this Patreon: More time, a career boost, and a small army of super fans who might also become friends.



First, you'll always have my thanks and gratitude, whether you pledge here or not. Fans are the reason I get to write books at all, and each and every one of you is valuable to me. Second, there will be plenty of stuff for those who choose to support me on this journey. What kind of stuff? You can check out the support tiers to the right, but in a nutshell:

  • Access to exclusive/early-access content like blog posts, updates, excerpts, photos, short stories, draft chapters, deleted scenes, and cover reveals.

  • The opportunity to chat with me and other Patrons in a private space. Ask me your burning questions, or talk about books and pets.

  • Free ebooks, with your name in the acknowledgments.

  • Videos of my writing process and of me talking through a book or story. (Think DVD director's commentary.)

  • Free physical items like books (with your name in the acknowledgements), annotated stories, or custom stories in the higher tiers.

  • There's even a tier for fellow writers that includes special writing advice posts, a writer-focused chat space, and critiques.

As we meet various goals, I'll be able to add more stuff to the tiers. Maybe a podcast, interactive fiction, fan spotlights, or artwork based on my books. Maybe I'll write some Pateron-exclusive books, or more physical goodies will be mailed around the world. There are tons of possibilities! We'll see what happens, and I'll be open to suggestions when the time comes.

(On the other hand, if it becomes apparent that I can't meet even the basic goals, I'll cancel the Paetron and go back to battling on my own. I can't do the work required for your goodies without hitting at least some minimum goals.)

Oh, and as for why my tiers are donut-themed… Donuts are my favorite food, and my fans are some of my favorite people. In my warped mind, it only makes sense.



Thank you so much for reading this opus. (I'm winding down, I promise.) If you decide to support me, thank you even more! I'm super excited to share this journey with you, so let's get started!

Tiers
Cup of Coffee
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting and buying me a cup of coffee to go with my donut. You have my heartfelt gratitude! 


Plus, at this level, you'll have access to my Patreon-exclusive feed, including:


  • Blog posts (topics will vary with whatever's on my mind).
  • Updates on work(s) in progress.
  • Photos of random stuff in my life. (Donuts! Dogs! Lego! Board games! Books! Weird stuff!)
  • Early-access to pre-publication milestones like cover and title reveals. 
  • Access to exclusive polls.
Glazed Donut
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Glazed donuts are the foundation upon which all donuts (or Patreon campaigns) are built! 


As a glazed donut, you'll get access to never-before-seen items including:

  • Excerpts from works in progress.
  • Deleted scenes from my novels and stories.
  • Character sketches & interviews.
  • Essays about the world/history/setting of my novels and stories.
  • Exclusive flash/micro fiction.


(You won't get all of the above every month, but you will get at least two and likely more each month.)


All rewards from the prior tier are also included.

Powdered Donut
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Powdered donuts are just a bit more special than basic glazed. 


As a powdered donut, each month you will receive either an original short story (it might be set in one of my existing worlds, or be something new), OR a draft chapter from a novel-in-progress.


(Short stories will remain exclusive for six months. After that, I may repackage them into anthologies.) 


Plus, you'll get your name in the "Thank you Patreons" acknowledgments section in any book published while you're a patron.


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Chocolate Donut
$8 or more per month 0 patrons
Now we're starting to get into the fancy donuts! 


If you become a chocolate donut, you'll have access to exclusive "over the shoulder" videos of me writing new material OR videos of me talking through an already-published book or story


I'll do at least one video per month and which one it will be will depend on my schedule. (Videos will remain exclusive for six months.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Creme-Filled Donut
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
A creme-filled donut is a donut with a bonus inside! 


If you become a creme-filled donut, you'll have access to an exclusive chat area set up on Slack. There will be at least one monthly scheduled chat/AMA, plus you'll be able to chat randomly with me and other Patreons. If there's interest, we may try to start a book club. 


(This will be moderated and abuse/personal attacks will get you banned from the chat.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Cruller
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Some people argue that crullers aren't donuts, but I disagree. They're simply donuts who dare to be different. Like writers. 


If you're a writer, you'll want to become a cruller. You'll get:

  • Individual critique of five manuscript pages pages OR a query letter once per year.
  • Special blog posts with writing advice (both fiction and freelancing) and pep talks.
  • Access to a special Slack chat area where you can ask for writing advice and swap writing tips, success stories, and rejection commiseration with me and other writers. (This will be monitored and abuse/personal attacks will get you banned.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Donuts for Dunking
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Donuts go best with a little something extra to dunk them in. 


At this level, you'll receive a free ebook copy of any short story compilations or novels that are published while you're a patron.


(Short stories will remain exclusive for six months. After that my publisher or myself may repackage them into anthologies, and that's what you'll receive in ebook form.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Fruity Donuts
$40 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
These are the curiosity of the donut world. Putting fruit in or on a donut gives it an air of being… dare I say it? Not junk food. (While still totally being junk food.). 


Fruity donuts get mailed stuff! Once each year I'll compile my favorite essays, flash fiction, excerpts, and extras into print form (think chapbook or tabloid-style newspaper) and mail you a signed copy. 


I'll also toss in some swag or other fun goodies that I pick up over the course of a year. 


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Donut with Sprinkles
$65 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Nothing like a donut with some extra crunch. 


At this level, I'll mail you a signed physical copy of each new book I traditionally publish during the year while you are a patron. 


I'll also include an annotated, loose-leaf copy of one short story of your choice. (If you don't want to choose, I'll pick.) The annotations will be notes, trivia, Easter eggs, ideas/inspiration for story elements, etc. 


(Limited due to the scarcity of author copies, and the time required to annotate a story.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Chocolate Cruller
$80 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Crullers are special in their own right, but chocolate crullers have that extra oomph. 


At this level, you'll get annotated, signed, physical copies of each new book I release while you are a patron. Yep, I'll go through the whole book and pack it with notes and goodies about the ideas, process, Easter eggs, and trivia that went into the book. 


(Limited due to the scarcity of author copies, and the time required to annotate an entire book.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Specialty Donut
$150 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
You are the fanciest of all the donuts! 


Each year that you are a patron at this level, you get to choose one short story for me to write. You won't get to choose the plot, but you'll get to tell me which characters/world you'd like to see used, choosing from any of my existing novels or short stories. The story will be shared with the $5 and above Patrons (and, after six month's exclusivity, may be packaged and sold with other stories), but it will be dedicated to you


Additionally, you will get a printed and signed copy mailed only to you. Should it be published in book form, you'll also get a free ebook or physical copy (depending on how it is released).


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Goals
$0 of $250 per month
Hey, wow! We're on our way and now I'll have about an extra five hours per week to devote to my fiction. To celebrate, I'll include a Fan Spotlight every month at the $1 pledge level. 

You can choose how much spotlight you want: I can simply call you out by name, promote some of your work, or do an interview with you about cool stuff that you like. 
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For those of you who don't know much about me, let me share the relevant bits: I write fantasy fiction for both YA and adult audiences. Currently, I have four novels under my belt with more to come. I've been nominated for a RONE award and sold enough books to be considered by some Amazon metrics a "Best Selling Author." I've also won a few short story contests.

My YA fantasy series, Threads of the Moirae, is published by Clean Teen Publishing. These books are all about Fate, Greek gods and goddesses, war, family feuds gone horribly wrong, romance, and death. And weird abandoned theme parks.

My New Adult fantasy series, Legacy of the Book Mesmer, kicks off this fall with the first book coming from Crimson Tree Publishing in December. This series is about the power of books, knowledge, and the preservation of history. As all readers know, books can totally save the world! There's also magic, romance, war, death, and family feuds gone horribly wrong. And weird abandoned libraries.

Sensing a theme? Yeah, me too. Anyway, I have three more Legacy books and one Moirae book under contract. After that, the world is open to new ideas. And I have a boatload of those.

I'm also a freelance writer. Mostly I write technical documents, online help, and marketing copy for various corporations. Snooze, I know, but it keeps the lights on. I've also written for some well-known websites and blogs, and I write about board games on iSlaytheDragon. If you want to see all the places my work has appeared, you can head to JenniferDerrick.com.

I'm also owned by a dog. She is a benevolent overlord and most of her demands are reasonable. In exchange for meeting them every day, I am awakened by sloppy kisses and covered in a blizzard of fur. My hobbies include the aforementioned board games, Lego, jigsaw puzzles, tennis, and an unhealthy obsession with finding the world's best donut.



I recognize that I am far more fortunate than many writers. As a freelance writer, I get to make a living with words! I'm not flipping burgers or cleaning sewer drains for an income. Neither am I in danger of having my lights cut off or my health insurance revoked. So, yay for that! I realize I have no real right to complain, and that I'm totally dealing with first-world problems here.

So, with that said, why Patreon?

Why am I asking for money from you if I'm not in danger of
having to eat my dog's kibble to survive?

Bluntly: Writing for corporations is not what I dream about doing with however many years I have left on this planet. I love my clients and the work can be interesting, but it isn't fun. Nor is it particularly soul-fulfilling. Fiction, on the other hand, is fun. Creating something that entertains people gives me warm-fuzzies in a way that nothing else can. It's what I would do all day, every day if money were no object.

Money, though, is an object. As it is for everyone who hasn't won the lottery or found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Despite having achieved a modicum of success with my books, I'm still nowhere near being able to ditch my freelance work in favor of full- or even part-time fiction writing. This means that books come out far less often than I (and fans) would like, and many cool projects can only rattle around in my brain, waiting for the day I have time to make them real.

At the present rate, I'm going to die with most of them still rattling around in there.

Between daily life (stupid bodily needs like eating, sleeping, basic hygiene, and exercise keep getting in the way), being a caregiver, and running a freelancing business, I'm usually pushing my maximum waking hours in a week. "Novelist" is another small business in its own right, one which increasingly requires full-time hours in order to produce and promote the books and stories you love. Running two full-time businesses with one life is not a recipe for success. Or sanity.

And yes, I do earn some money from my books. However, by the time my publisher takes their cut, the taxman gets his cut, and I cover expenses for supplies and things like web hosting, event travel and registrations, advertising, and promotion, my fiction bleeds money every month. It even siphons money from my freelancing income.

To cover the losses I take on more freelance work, leaving me even less time to work on my fiction. It's a vicious, unbreakable circle. Unless I can produce enough fiction to move my writing career up the ladder a bit and gain a little breathing room (or find that pot of gold), I will always be pushing against the limitations of time and money that make full-time fiction a distant dream.

I'm hoping Patreon can break this circle and allow me to cut down to one job: Novelist. Or, if that's not possible, at least buy me enough extra hours to become a part-time Novelist instead of what I am now: A person who writes books when she can find a spare five minutes. 

How much money will it take?


Anything helps. Even a few hundred dollars would free up some welcome extra hours. But these are the big numbers:

  • At $500 per month, I would have an extra ten hours per week to devote to writing.

  • At $1,000 per month, I can scale back to part-time freelancing and free up twenty or more hours per week for my fiction.

  • At $3,000 per month, I can drop the freelancing entirely and become a full time Author of Cool Stuff.

My immediate goals with the extra time I'm seeking are as follows: 

  • Finish the last book in the Threads of the Moirae series. This is long overdue and I apologize to the fans of the series. I know you want to know what happens to Alex and Atropos, and I can't wait to tell you!

  • Write Hades' origin story. By far, the story I'm asked for most often is, "Tell us what happened in Hades' early life!" Even though he's a minor character in the Moirae books, people love him and want to know how he turned out to be both cynical and helpful. I've got that book in my head…

  • Write the next three books in the Legacy of the Book Mesmer series as fast as humanly possible. The early buzz is so positive for the first book that I want to capitalize on that momentum by releasing the sequels quickly.

  • Rework a trunked YA project about Stonehenge that has potential, but needs a major overhaul

  • Finally get to do all the cool things for my fans that I've wanted to do since my first book was published. Includes: Writing short stories from other character's points of view; sharing some origin stories, deleted scenes, character sketches and interviews; producing annotated books; talking directly to fans about what they'd like to see next; doing some flash fiction or word sprints with writing-minded fans; doing more giveaways, sharing some insights into my process through video… And so much else!

  • In the more distant future… Write more books (I have an idea file filled to overflowing) and short stories, plus continue producing bonus content for all of it. In short, dump my imagination on the page for you to enjoy.



Ideally, I'll gain enough breathing space financially to "buy" myself more writing time. (And more donuts.) Hopefully, I can soon stop saying, "No" to opportunities like speaking engagements or writing stories for anthologies because I either can't afford them, or I simply don't have the time to participate. 

In turn, this should level up my writing career (or at least give me more of a chance than I have now). Producing more work and being more visible is the key to building a bigger audience and propelling myself higher up the career ladder.

Of course, it's not just any work that needs to be produced. An army of monkeys can crank out enough crap to get noticed. However, I aim for a level significantly higher than monkey crap. Unfortunately, producing more work without having the mental, physical, or financial resources to do so sanely leads to a degradation in quality, AKA Money Crap. This Patreon will allow me to produce better work than monkeys! (At least I hope so, otherwise I've got much bigger problems.)

More Work on the Market = Career Advancement = Higher Income =
Ability to Produce More Work

Rinse, repeat.

Plus, and this is a biggie, I dream of creating a community of fans who are engaged with my work. I'd like to think we could even go beyond my work to discuss books or TV shows, pets, hobbies, and whatever else you want to talk about.

Thus far, I've been unsuccessful at creating such a community using conventional social media and mailing lists. Mailing lists are one-way-only communication. Social media is often anti-social, especially in the current climate. (Every time I go on Facebook, I swear I feel my blood pressure spike to code red levels.)

I want to hear from the people who enjoy my work. I want to know what you want next. (Doesn't mean I can always do it, but I still want to know.) I want to share the creative process with you. I want to give you goodies and heap adoration upon you for being my super fans. I want to meet you at conventions and feel like we're already sort-of-friends.

So that's what I hope to get from this Patreon: More time, a career boost, and a small army of super fans who might also become friends.



First, you'll always have my thanks and gratitude, whether you pledge here or not. Fans are the reason I get to write books at all, and each and every one of you is valuable to me. Second, there will be plenty of stuff for those who choose to support me on this journey. What kind of stuff? You can check out the support tiers to the right, but in a nutshell:

  • Access to exclusive/early-access content like blog posts, updates, excerpts, photos, short stories, draft chapters, deleted scenes, and cover reveals.

  • The opportunity to chat with me and other Patrons in a private space. Ask me your burning questions, or talk about books and pets.

  • Free ebooks, with your name in the acknowledgments.

  • Videos of my writing process and of me talking through a book or story. (Think DVD director's commentary.)

  • Free physical items like books (with your name in the acknowledgements), annotated stories, or custom stories in the higher tiers.

  • There's even a tier for fellow writers that includes special writing advice posts, a writer-focused chat space, and critiques.

As we meet various goals, I'll be able to add more stuff to the tiers. Maybe a podcast, interactive fiction, fan spotlights, or artwork based on my books. Maybe I'll write some Pateron-exclusive books, or more physical goodies will be mailed around the world. There are tons of possibilities! We'll see what happens, and I'll be open to suggestions when the time comes.

(On the other hand, if it becomes apparent that I can't meet even the basic goals, I'll cancel the Paetron and go back to battling on my own. I can't do the work required for your goodies without hitting at least some minimum goals.)

Oh, and as for why my tiers are donut-themed… Donuts are my favorite food, and my fans are some of my favorite people. In my warped mind, it only makes sense.



Thank you so much for reading this opus. (I'm winding down, I promise.) If you decide to support me, thank you even more! I'm super excited to share this journey with you, so let's get started!

Recent posts by Jennifer Derrick

Tiers
Cup of Coffee
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thanks for supporting and buying me a cup of coffee to go with my donut. You have my heartfelt gratitude! 


Plus, at this level, you'll have access to my Patreon-exclusive feed, including:


  • Blog posts (topics will vary with whatever's on my mind).
  • Updates on work(s) in progress.
  • Photos of random stuff in my life. (Donuts! Dogs! Lego! Board games! Books! Weird stuff!)
  • Early-access to pre-publication milestones like cover and title reveals. 
  • Access to exclusive polls.
Glazed Donut
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Glazed donuts are the foundation upon which all donuts (or Patreon campaigns) are built! 


As a glazed donut, you'll get access to never-before-seen items including:

  • Excerpts from works in progress.
  • Deleted scenes from my novels and stories.
  • Character sketches & interviews.
  • Essays about the world/history/setting of my novels and stories.
  • Exclusive flash/micro fiction.


(You won't get all of the above every month, but you will get at least two and likely more each month.)


All rewards from the prior tier are also included.

Powdered Donut
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Powdered donuts are just a bit more special than basic glazed. 


As a powdered donut, each month you will receive either an original short story (it might be set in one of my existing worlds, or be something new), OR a draft chapter from a novel-in-progress.


(Short stories will remain exclusive for six months. After that, I may repackage them into anthologies.) 


Plus, you'll get your name in the "Thank you Patreons" acknowledgments section in any book published while you're a patron.


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Chocolate Donut
$8 or more per month 0 patrons
Now we're starting to get into the fancy donuts! 


If you become a chocolate donut, you'll have access to exclusive "over the shoulder" videos of me writing new material OR videos of me talking through an already-published book or story


I'll do at least one video per month and which one it will be will depend on my schedule. (Videos will remain exclusive for six months.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Creme-Filled Donut
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
A creme-filled donut is a donut with a bonus inside! 


If you become a creme-filled donut, you'll have access to an exclusive chat area set up on Slack. There will be at least one monthly scheduled chat/AMA, plus you'll be able to chat randomly with me and other Patreons. If there's interest, we may try to start a book club. 


(This will be moderated and abuse/personal attacks will get you banned from the chat.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Cruller
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Some people argue that crullers aren't donuts, but I disagree. They're simply donuts who dare to be different. Like writers. 


If you're a writer, you'll want to become a cruller. You'll get:

  • Individual critique of five manuscript pages pages OR a query letter once per year.
  • Special blog posts with writing advice (both fiction and freelancing) and pep talks.
  • Access to a special Slack chat area where you can ask for writing advice and swap writing tips, success stories, and rejection commiseration with me and other writers. (This will be monitored and abuse/personal attacks will get you banned.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Donuts for Dunking
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Donuts go best with a little something extra to dunk them in. 


At this level, you'll receive a free ebook copy of any short story compilations or novels that are published while you're a patron.


(Short stories will remain exclusive for six months. After that my publisher or myself may repackage them into anthologies, and that's what you'll receive in ebook form.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Fruity Donuts
$40 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
These are the curiosity of the donut world. Putting fruit in or on a donut gives it an air of being… dare I say it? Not junk food. (While still totally being junk food.). 


Fruity donuts get mailed stuff! Once each year I'll compile my favorite essays, flash fiction, excerpts, and extras into print form (think chapbook or tabloid-style newspaper) and mail you a signed copy. 


I'll also toss in some swag or other fun goodies that I pick up over the course of a year. 


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Donut with Sprinkles
$65 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Nothing like a donut with some extra crunch. 


At this level, I'll mail you a signed physical copy of each new book I traditionally publish during the year while you are a patron. 


I'll also include an annotated, loose-leaf copy of one short story of your choice. (If you don't want to choose, I'll pick.) The annotations will be notes, trivia, Easter eggs, ideas/inspiration for story elements, etc. 


(Limited due to the scarcity of author copies, and the time required to annotate a story.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Chocolate Cruller
$80 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Crullers are special in their own right, but chocolate crullers have that extra oomph. 


At this level, you'll get annotated, signed, physical copies of each new book I release while you are a patron. Yep, I'll go through the whole book and pack it with notes and goodies about the ideas, process, Easter eggs, and trivia that went into the book. 


(Limited due to the scarcity of author copies, and the time required to annotate an entire book.)


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.

Specialty Donut
$150 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
You are the fanciest of all the donuts! 


Each year that you are a patron at this level, you get to choose one short story for me to write. You won't get to choose the plot, but you'll get to tell me which characters/world you'd like to see used, choosing from any of my existing novels or short stories. The story will be shared with the $5 and above Patrons (and, after six month's exclusivity, may be packaged and sold with other stories), but it will be dedicated to you


Additionally, you will get a printed and signed copy mailed only to you. Should it be published in book form, you'll also get a free ebook or physical copy (depending on how it is released).


All rewards from prior tiers are also included.