Karen J Carlisleis creating fantasy, Victorian mysteries and steampunk
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Welcome to my writing journey.
As a thank you you get a FREE eBook of my short stories: With a Twist of the Nib (pdf format), when you sign up as a Patron.
You also get:
- Early access to shared monthly blog posts (scheduled for last week of the month.
- Exclusive posts and early access posts with info and updates on research, behind the scenes, works-in-progress, cover reveals, and/or trials and tribulations (not too many of those I hope).
NEW: Early access AND exclusive posts will also contain behind the scene photos and/or artwork.
Early access posts: You will receive posts a week before any related posts on my regular webpage blog posts (usually scheduled for last week of the month).
BONUS GOAL: $100/m: Monthly calender page with upcoming events, steampunk, book-related and fannish dates. Each month will have an original art or photographic image.
You receive all of the $1 rewards + TWO new rewards!
- NEW: Early access and exclusive video updates of of works-in-progress, behind the scenes info, writing research, photoshoots and sneak peeks of artwork, covers etc.
(minimum of one per month).
- NEW: Exclusive: You get a monthly thank you and shout out on social media - via Twitter, FB and Instagram.
BONUS GOAL: $100/m: You will receive bonus original digital artwork/photographic wallpapers related to my books/ writing.
All of the $1 and $3 rewards PLUS
As a bonus reward you receive FREE MUSIC:
a digital copy of the steampunk song, The Gadgeteer (lyrics: Karen J Carlisle/ Music: Richard Ryall)
- Exclusive: Live Chat: You are also invited to participate in a patron-only monthly Live Chat on Discord. I'll do my best to answer questions on my books, characters, writing process, research, my garden, tea, favourite chocolate...
(There may be spoilers.)
- NEW: Exclusive You will be listed as a Patreon supporter at the end of book trailers made during your pledge.
The Live Chat is usually scheduled for second Saturday morning (Australian Central Time) of each month.
Check patron posts for date confirmation each month.
BONUS GOAL 1: $50/m: When pledges reach $50/month, the Live Chat will become a video chat/livestream event.
WHO AM I?
I’m a writer and illustrator of speculative fiction (steampunk, Victorian mysteries and fantasy), and have recently tried my hand at writing music lyrics. My favourite genre is alternative history with a steampunk twist - and usually a mystery… I love a good mystery.
My first series, 'The Adventures of Viola Stewart', is a Victorian steampunk mystery trilogy.
'Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire', a modern cosy paranormal/fantasy mystery set in Adelaide (published in June, 2018).
‘Daemons, fairies, magic: it’s all real. The Otherworld is bleeding through the cracks in its shell.
And Adelaide is ground zero.'
My fifth, and most recent book, was released in May, 2019. ‘The Department of Curiosities’ is a steampunk tale of adventure, a heroine, mad scientists, traitors and secrets. All for the good of the Empire.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
As an independent author, I don’t only create words. I do my own artwork, photography, cover design and book trailers… <takes a deep breath> I have to organise editing, formatting, marketing, travel expenses to - and fees for - events. Basically, the buck stops here. Other expenses include art supplies, electronic equipment upkeep and replacement, stationery, cards, bookmarks, publishing and design software and publishing costs.
One of my long term goals is to afford professional, original cover artwork (I've had quotes up to AU$1000 for my dream covers). My aim is to be able to afford these covers for my fantasy duology, part of The Otherworld series (expected publication dates of 2020+).
Your support will also help me to afford to travel to interstate (at my first goal, your pledges will help toward (approx. half) the cost of attending one interstate event per year) to talk about books and steampunk, meet wonderful people and do more research for future books.
Your continuing support allows me to pay basic bills because, contrary to the belief of some, no creator relishes the idea of being a starving writer or artist, living in a dank, dark attic.
The (biggest thing) you can give me, as a patron, is the gift of time. Time to write. Time to create more characters and worlds for you to enjoy.
And, for this, I am immensely grateful.
WHAT YOU GET?
As a thank you, all patrons get a free pdf copy of my first short story collection, With a Twist of the Nib - a collection of ten speculative fiction short stories - dwarves, vampires, time travel, detectives, steampunk adventures or supernatural events; take your pick - when you sign up to support me.
From there, rewards start with exclusive patron blog posts including sneak peeks of works in progress, with varying levels including question and answer, digital downloads of songs I have co-written, ebook or paperback copies of this year’s publication (currently 'The Department of Curiosities'), to patron-only events. All is explained in the details for each level of support.
Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire: www.karenjcarlisle.com/books/aunt-enid-mysteries/
The Department of Curiosities: www.karenjcarlisle.com/books/the-department-of-cu...
Book Trailers: www.karenjcarlisle.com/books/book-trailers-viola-...
Event Videos and Book videos: www.karenjcarlisle.com/events/watch-past-events/
When pledges reach $50/month, the Live Chat will become a video chat/livestream event.