Laura Antoniou is creating Stories
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The world of publishing has outpaced my ability to keep up, but I'm adapting! You, my readers and friends, showed me I should stay home and write more stories. For YOU, specifically.

So I'm going to let you remind me what my number one job is.

Making stories happen.

Books don't just grow like mushrooms. Every one of my projects starts with the base concept, then grows to include characters, histories, structure and plot twists. Every single one involves research, some more extensive than others, some downright crazy or silly. There's a lot of stuff you never see that goes into making the stories and novels - from my thought process and talking things out with patient friends to writing scenes and essays that never make it into the tales. I have conversations with characters that never appear on the page. I collect pictures and links, reference books and guides.  I read other work for inspiration - both good and bad.

You may already follow me on Facebook, or Twitter or even look at my Pinterest and Tumblr pages. (Shamefully under-utilized, really.) But the limits of those media don't support doing things like posting excerpts, thoughts on the process of writing, or the more detailed, true-fan-only sort of geeky Q&A stuff that only comes out when I'm with people who really know my work. Or want to know it better!

I'm hoping this will turn out to be a way to interact with those of you who do want to know the behind-the-scenes details, who will ask more than, "When's the next book out?" A place where I can put excerpts from a work in progress, or cut scenes from an older one. Outlines and ideas for new books and stories. Resources I've used, in case you really want to know what's on my shelves. I'm not sure what else. My Stannis Baratheon fan fiction? Letters from characters? Adventures in baking, certainly. I'll figure it out as we go along. With your help.

And I am hoping what happens is a few of you decide to toss some filthy lucre, some loose change, a tip, or a patronage my way. Supporting me by buying books is fantastic. If you review or recommend them, especially to people who may have never heard of me, that's even better. But if you do those things and make it possible for me to buy coffee and cat food in that between-books time?

Then we can be best friends.

It's no secret I am completely willing to be bought. I believe with even a little steady interest, I can be pushed to making something new on a more consistent basis. And if it's not new, I can share older proposals and ideas with you and see if you like them. Maybe your interest will get me to write that Evil Gay Werebear book. Or perhaps what you really want is more background profiles and side-stories about existing characters in published books. The continuing adventures of Earl, Slave Bitsy and the Boys Jack. Or some recipes.

I'd like to know. And this is where you can tell me.
Rewards
Alef
$1 or more per month
  • This is where it all begins - you have become a Patron. Mazel tov!
  • You get access to Patron-only posts, of course. 
  • AND - The chance to get newly finished works before the general public.
  • Recipes, baking adventures, etc.
The Magic Number!
$3 or more per month
  • Everything from the $1 level plus
  • A copy of every new work I complete, in PDF or e-book form.
  • If I see you in person, I'll give you something, assuming I have a "something" on hand. It's usually a pin, or a postcard, or my home made cookies. 
You're a Star! (bucks)
$5 or more per month
In thanks for buying me coffee, not only will you get all previous rewards, but:
  • Behind-the-scenes posts about previous works, including things like character bios or reference materials I used
  • Ideas and excerpts from works in progress
Lunch Buddy
$10 or more per month
At this level, we get to chat a bit. After all, you're buying me lunch. So all the previous rewards plus:
  • Access to AMA (Ask Me Anything) meet-ups in text or livestream (Or archived links if you can't make it.)
  • Longer work-in progress excerpts, or the chance to see them earlier
  • Kibitz privileges.  You really want to correct my work? Go ahead, you're paying enough to lecture me on grammar. 
Happy Hour Club
$20 or more per month
It's Happy Hour and we have 2-4-1 cocktails. Who knows what could happen? So in addition to everything from previous levels, you get:
  • Question Rights - yeah, go ahead. Ask me stuff. You don't have to wait for AMA sessions. I'll choose what to answer and how. (Text, video, whatever is suitable.)
  • A post-card, thank-you note or a button or whatever odd thing I happen to have on hand every once in a while.
  • A hard copy of anything I publish if it's available in paper.
The Chai Life
$36 or more per month (sold out!)
  • All previous rewards plus:
  • An invitation to my seder. You have to shlep here. The invite includes a printed & signed copy of the hagaddah, Avadim Hayinu
Mensch
$40 or more per month
Well, look at you! You just bought me dinner! What a friend! You are a genuine human of the best sort. Sp in addition to most of the previous stuff, you will also get TWO of whatever I make, OR the second-tier level of something. Like, if I make a pin, you get two. If I make a paperback AND a cloth cover, you get the cloth. Etc. 
Co-conspirator
$50 or more per month
Well, now we're partners in this endeavor. So in addition to all the other stuff:
  • I'll consult with you on things like character names, descriptions, even plot lines. Or designs, book covers - anything I'm working on
  • Invitation-only online readings
Macher
$100 or more per month
Look at you, big shot! For you, every tchatchka already listed PLUS my most valuable reward - my time.
  • Every month, you get a half hour of my time. Want me to call and read you a story? Want relationship advice? A Skype hello to you and your friends while you gather for dinner? Spoiler questions? Jewish wisdom? It's your half hour. Use it wisely.
  • Stuff. If I manufacture something in quantity - a new pin or wristband or anything related to a new release, you automatically get it.


Maven
$150 or more per month
What can I say? You are paying for my cell phone & internet. So for this level, only an hour per month of my personal time will do.

Oh, and anything I write in the time you are my patron I'll dedicate to you.

Oh - and in addition to every book, you will also get any bespoke book that comes out as well. So any special editions, even another leather bound, if I do that.
The world of publishing has outpaced my ability to keep up, but I'm adapting! You, my readers and friends, showed me I should stay home and write more stories. For YOU, specifically.

So I'm going to let you remind me what my number one job is.

Making stories happen.

Books don't just grow like mushrooms. Every one of my projects starts with the base concept, then grows to include characters, histories, structure and plot twists. Every single one involves research, some more extensive than others, some downright crazy or silly. There's a lot of stuff you never see that goes into making the stories and novels - from my thought process and talking things out with patient friends to writing scenes and essays that never make it into the tales. I have conversations with characters that never appear on the page. I collect pictures and links, reference books and guides.  I read other work for inspiration - both good and bad.

You may already follow me on Facebook, or Twitter or even look at my Pinterest and Tumblr pages. (Shamefully under-utilized, really.) But the limits of those media don't support doing things like posting excerpts, thoughts on the process of writing, or the more detailed, true-fan-only sort of geeky Q&A stuff that only comes out when I'm with people who really know my work. Or want to know it better!

I'm hoping this will turn out to be a way to interact with those of you who do want to know the behind-the-scenes details, who will ask more than, "When's the next book out?" A place where I can put excerpts from a work in progress, or cut scenes from an older one. Outlines and ideas for new books and stories. Resources I've used, in case you really want to know what's on my shelves. I'm not sure what else. My Stannis Baratheon fan fiction? Letters from characters? Adventures in baking, certainly. I'll figure it out as we go along. With your help.

And I am hoping what happens is a few of you decide to toss some filthy lucre, some loose change, a tip, or a patronage my way. Supporting me by buying books is fantastic. If you review or recommend them, especially to people who may have never heard of me, that's even better. But if you do those things and make it possible for me to buy coffee and cat food in that between-books time?

Then we can be best friends.

It's no secret I am completely willing to be bought. I believe with even a little steady interest, I can be pushed to making something new on a more consistent basis. And if it's not new, I can share older proposals and ideas with you and see if you like them. Maybe your interest will get me to write that Evil Gay Werebear book. Or perhaps what you really want is more background profiles and side-stories about existing characters in published books. The continuing adventures of Earl, Slave Bitsy and the Boys Jack. Or some recipes.

I'd like to know. And this is where you can tell me.

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Rewards
Alef
$1 or more per month
  • This is where it all begins - you have become a Patron. Mazel tov!
  • You get access to Patron-only posts, of course. 
  • AND - The chance to get newly finished works before the general public.
  • Recipes, baking adventures, etc.
The Magic Number!
$3 or more per month
  • Everything from the $1 level plus
  • A copy of every new work I complete, in PDF or e-book form.
  • If I see you in person, I'll give you something, assuming I have a "something" on hand. It's usually a pin, or a postcard, or my home made cookies. 
You're a Star! (bucks)
$5 or more per month
In thanks for buying me coffee, not only will you get all previous rewards, but:
  • Behind-the-scenes posts about previous works, including things like character bios or reference materials I used
  • Ideas and excerpts from works in progress
Lunch Buddy
$10 or more per month
At this level, we get to chat a bit. After all, you're buying me lunch. So all the previous rewards plus:
  • Access to AMA (Ask Me Anything) meet-ups in text or livestream (Or archived links if you can't make it.)
  • Longer work-in progress excerpts, or the chance to see them earlier
  • Kibitz privileges.  You really want to correct my work? Go ahead, you're paying enough to lecture me on grammar. 
Happy Hour Club
$20 or more per month
It's Happy Hour and we have 2-4-1 cocktails. Who knows what could happen? So in addition to everything from previous levels, you get:
  • Question Rights - yeah, go ahead. Ask me stuff. You don't have to wait for AMA sessions. I'll choose what to answer and how. (Text, video, whatever is suitable.)
  • A post-card, thank-you note or a button or whatever odd thing I happen to have on hand every once in a while.
  • A hard copy of anything I publish if it's available in paper.
The Chai Life
$36 or more per month (sold out!)
  • All previous rewards plus:
  • An invitation to my seder. You have to shlep here. The invite includes a printed & signed copy of the hagaddah, Avadim Hayinu
Mensch
$40 or more per month
Well, look at you! You just bought me dinner! What a friend! You are a genuine human of the best sort. Sp in addition to most of the previous stuff, you will also get TWO of whatever I make, OR the second-tier level of something. Like, if I make a pin, you get two. If I make a paperback AND a cloth cover, you get the cloth. Etc. 
Co-conspirator
$50 or more per month
Well, now we're partners in this endeavor. So in addition to all the other stuff:
  • I'll consult with you on things like character names, descriptions, even plot lines. Or designs, book covers - anything I'm working on
  • Invitation-only online readings
Macher
$100 or more per month
Look at you, big shot! For you, every tchatchka already listed PLUS my most valuable reward - my time.
  • Every month, you get a half hour of my time. Want me to call and read you a story? Want relationship advice? A Skype hello to you and your friends while you gather for dinner? Spoiler questions? Jewish wisdom? It's your half hour. Use it wisely.
  • Stuff. If I manufacture something in quantity - a new pin or wristband or anything related to a new release, you automatically get it.


Maven
$150 or more per month
What can I say? You are paying for my cell phone & internet. So for this level, only an hour per month of my personal time will do.

Oh, and anything I write in the time you are my patron I'll dedicate to you.

Oh - and in addition to every book, you will also get any bespoke book that comes out as well. So any special editions, even another leather bound, if I do that.