Ryan Toxopeus is creating indie fantasy stories
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patrons

$13
per month
Introduction



Thanks for checking out my Patreon page. I'm Ryan Toxopeus, and I started my path as an indie author back in 2010. Like many artists and creators, this is not my full time work. I am the Research Coordinator for Dr Alexander Crizzle at the University of Saskatchewan. Writing fantasy is a hobby I'm passionate about, and knowing that others are enjoying the stories I write is awesome! Patreon has made a big difference in my writing, and I've made the most of the donations I've received from Patrons. From new cover art for a short story anthology, to entering contests because my Patrons paid for the editing on extra stories, I've accomplished a lot with their support and I'm forever grateful!



At this point, I have finished work on my first trilogy, Empire's Foundation. With the support of friends and family, I've defrayed much of the costs for editing and art through Indiegogo campaigns. However, it is my hope to not run any more Indiegogo campaigns, and change gears to have my writing begin to support itself. Most authors don't reach that point until they have 4-6 books out, so I know that's a gamble with only three. 

Production Costs

How much does it cost to bring out a novel? The first step is developmental editing, which is roughly $800 for the length of book I write. Developmental editors make sure the story flows well, and there aren't any major plot holes, among other things. As an example, in my latest book an entire scene was deleted during the developmental editing phase, because it didn't fit well with Eliza's character, and didn't add much to the story. I am very fortunate that line editing is covered by my aunt, who is retired and enjoys working with me on my stories. Cover art ranges in price, depending on the complexity of the scene I want: from $500 to $800. 

That means I need to save $1300-$1600 to produce one novel, which is daunting. With two young children to provide for, there isn't much left over to put into my writing. Whatever I make in sales on Amazon or at conventions goes back into my writing, but more often than not I wait until tax time rolls around and I can squirrel away a chunk to put towards books. If I produce anything extra, like short stories or novellas, there's next to no money available for art and editing. 

This is where you come in. I know unknown creators don't get a lot of funding on Patreon, and I'm not expecting to raise $1600 to bring out a fully-formed novel. But if I can get even a few people who decide that they want to receive e-book copies of everything I write, I can get decent art on my smaller projects to help them stand out. 

Goals

#1) $25/month. I like writing short stories, and usually do a couple per year. At this level, I'd have enough money to pay for editing and art to make them look pretty decent. The art won't be at the same level as the novels, but it'll still be professional. Check out what Harvey did for my short story, Macimanito Môswa.



Because of my generous patrons, I have been able to get new art on my short story collection, Dawn: A dwarven creation story. I can't thank them enough! Check it out!



#2) $50/month will pay for editing and art on novellas, on top of the short stories. These I bring out less frequently, but they're considerably longer than the short stories. 

#3) $100/month means all my art and editing is covered, for every piece of work I do. This level of support would blow my mind. 

#4) $200-$500/month is the stuff dreams are made of. For each $100/month increment, all my expenses for a major convention would be covered. Conventions are where I do my best, because a) I'm among my people, and b) the art and my enthusiasm for my work sell books. 

#5) $750/month means I could get to another convention pretty much anywhere in North America. While the idea of travelling to the US is more than a little scary to me, I'd love to head out to other destinations across Canada.

#6) $6000/month is what I call "the pipe dream." At this point, you're basically funding my life. I could quit my job and write full time without taking a hit to our quality of life, and attend several conferences. 

Donations

All donation levels help, from $1 per month right up to $85. Most of my monthly goals are pretty reasonable, I think. I've taken into consideration my rate of writing, and those amounts reflect what I would need to achieve these goals. That's not to say I won't be putting my own money into my writing still, but anything you can give will be a tremendous help. 

$1 - Thank you. Seriously, even $1/month helps. At this level, you will receive e-books of any stories I publish (at a maximum of 1/month), and your name will appear in the dedications (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). 

$2 - You're going to get special, Patrons-only insights into my writing. This includes sneak peeks of drafts I'm working on, and a look at my writing and editing processes that help me start and end a story. Additionally, monthly posts will showcase exclusive sneak peeks at new content!

$5 - This might not sound like a tremendous amount of money, but believe me, it's huge over the course of a year. At this level, not only do you get my e-books and writing insights, you will also receive sneak peeks at concept art and exclusive news about the games I'm developing. 

$10 - You're what I'd call a "big fan" at this point. How can I repay such a large monthly gift? How does being invited to high-level patron hangouts sound? You've got my ear, and I'd love to sit down and chat with you on a regular basis! Whether it's about my writing, or anything else under the sun, you've got it. And if you'd like to see a character name pop up in one of my works in progress, I can make that happen. And of course you get all the other stuff, too!

$85 - I don't think you're actually considering this. This is "super fan" territory. This is my top-end contribution, and it's a lot. But you know what you get for this? I'm going to go to a convention near you, and we're going to hang out in person. At this level, you're paying for my transportation and table fees to the BIG conventions, all by yourself. I owe you so, so much. Because I have limited time to go away for conventions, I'm going to limit this to two donors. After seeing the excitement for my $100 "Lifetime fan" perk for my Indiegogo campaign, where people get everything I write for the rest of my life, I don't want to spread myself too thin if this attracts people. 

One-time donations are also welcome, although I'm not sure how I would work perks for that. If you would like to support me in this way, I would suggest picking up a copy of one of my books. All money from sales goes back into my writing, plus if you like the book, a review is like gold to authors.

Thank you!

I've been using Patreon since October 2016, and looking at the list of things I've done with the help of Patrons is impressive... 

1) Cover art for Dawn.
2) Maps for A Hero's Birth.
3) Editing for Narcissist, a short piece of non-fiction I submitted to a contest.
4) Editing for Dark Ones, a short story I submitted to a contest and then self-published.
5) Cover art for the Omnibus e-book with my entire Empire's Foundation trilogy.

6) Editing for Carbon Concerns, a short piece of fiction that has been accepted by Dark Helix Press.
7) Cover art for A Queen's Edict.

8) Editing for Hank's Rest, a flash fiction I submitted to a magazine.

I can't wait to see what projects come next with your generous support!
Tiers
Mercenary
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
One ebook per month (your choice), and your name in the dedications. 
Adventurer
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Insights into writing and editing, exclusive sneak peeks, and $1 level rewards.
Knight
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Support both story writing and board game design! You get all previous reward levels, plus bonus content from the board game.
Noble
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, + Monthly Patron-only hangouts, and name a character.
Dragon Royalty
$85 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
See you at a convention near you! (North America only)
Goals
$13 of $25 per month
Good quality cover art and editing for short stories. At this level, I can produce one every two months.
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Introduction



Thanks for checking out my Patreon page. I'm Ryan Toxopeus, and I started my path as an indie author back in 2010. Like many artists and creators, this is not my full time work. I am the Research Coordinator for Dr Alexander Crizzle at the University of Saskatchewan. Writing fantasy is a hobby I'm passionate about, and knowing that others are enjoying the stories I write is awesome! Patreon has made a big difference in my writing, and I've made the most of the donations I've received from Patrons. From new cover art for a short story anthology, to entering contests because my Patrons paid for the editing on extra stories, I've accomplished a lot with their support and I'm forever grateful!



At this point, I have finished work on my first trilogy, Empire's Foundation. With the support of friends and family, I've defrayed much of the costs for editing and art through Indiegogo campaigns. However, it is my hope to not run any more Indiegogo campaigns, and change gears to have my writing begin to support itself. Most authors don't reach that point until they have 4-6 books out, so I know that's a gamble with only three. 

Production Costs

How much does it cost to bring out a novel? The first step is developmental editing, which is roughly $800 for the length of book I write. Developmental editors make sure the story flows well, and there aren't any major plot holes, among other things. As an example, in my latest book an entire scene was deleted during the developmental editing phase, because it didn't fit well with Eliza's character, and didn't add much to the story. I am very fortunate that line editing is covered by my aunt, who is retired and enjoys working with me on my stories. Cover art ranges in price, depending on the complexity of the scene I want: from $500 to $800. 

That means I need to save $1300-$1600 to produce one novel, which is daunting. With two young children to provide for, there isn't much left over to put into my writing. Whatever I make in sales on Amazon or at conventions goes back into my writing, but more often than not I wait until tax time rolls around and I can squirrel away a chunk to put towards books. If I produce anything extra, like short stories or novellas, there's next to no money available for art and editing. 

This is where you come in. I know unknown creators don't get a lot of funding on Patreon, and I'm not expecting to raise $1600 to bring out a fully-formed novel. But if I can get even a few people who decide that they want to receive e-book copies of everything I write, I can get decent art on my smaller projects to help them stand out. 

Goals

#1) $25/month. I like writing short stories, and usually do a couple per year. At this level, I'd have enough money to pay for editing and art to make them look pretty decent. The art won't be at the same level as the novels, but it'll still be professional. Check out what Harvey did for my short story, Macimanito Môswa.



Because of my generous patrons, I have been able to get new art on my short story collection, Dawn: A dwarven creation story. I can't thank them enough! Check it out!



#2) $50/month will pay for editing and art on novellas, on top of the short stories. These I bring out less frequently, but they're considerably longer than the short stories. 

#3) $100/month means all my art and editing is covered, for every piece of work I do. This level of support would blow my mind. 

#4) $200-$500/month is the stuff dreams are made of. For each $100/month increment, all my expenses for a major convention would be covered. Conventions are where I do my best, because a) I'm among my people, and b) the art and my enthusiasm for my work sell books. 

#5) $750/month means I could get to another convention pretty much anywhere in North America. While the idea of travelling to the US is more than a little scary to me, I'd love to head out to other destinations across Canada.

#6) $6000/month is what I call "the pipe dream." At this point, you're basically funding my life. I could quit my job and write full time without taking a hit to our quality of life, and attend several conferences. 

Donations

All donation levels help, from $1 per month right up to $85. Most of my monthly goals are pretty reasonable, I think. I've taken into consideration my rate of writing, and those amounts reflect what I would need to achieve these goals. That's not to say I won't be putting my own money into my writing still, but anything you can give will be a tremendous help. 

$1 - Thank you. Seriously, even $1/month helps. At this level, you will receive e-books of any stories I publish (at a maximum of 1/month), and your name will appear in the dedications (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). 

$2 - You're going to get special, Patrons-only insights into my writing. This includes sneak peeks of drafts I'm working on, and a look at my writing and editing processes that help me start and end a story. Additionally, monthly posts will showcase exclusive sneak peeks at new content!

$5 - This might not sound like a tremendous amount of money, but believe me, it's huge over the course of a year. At this level, not only do you get my e-books and writing insights, you will also receive sneak peeks at concept art and exclusive news about the games I'm developing. 

$10 - You're what I'd call a "big fan" at this point. How can I repay such a large monthly gift? How does being invited to high-level patron hangouts sound? You've got my ear, and I'd love to sit down and chat with you on a regular basis! Whether it's about my writing, or anything else under the sun, you've got it. And if you'd like to see a character name pop up in one of my works in progress, I can make that happen. And of course you get all the other stuff, too!

$85 - I don't think you're actually considering this. This is "super fan" territory. This is my top-end contribution, and it's a lot. But you know what you get for this? I'm going to go to a convention near you, and we're going to hang out in person. At this level, you're paying for my transportation and table fees to the BIG conventions, all by yourself. I owe you so, so much. Because I have limited time to go away for conventions, I'm going to limit this to two donors. After seeing the excitement for my $100 "Lifetime fan" perk for my Indiegogo campaign, where people get everything I write for the rest of my life, I don't want to spread myself too thin if this attracts people. 

One-time donations are also welcome, although I'm not sure how I would work perks for that. If you would like to support me in this way, I would suggest picking up a copy of one of my books. All money from sales goes back into my writing, plus if you like the book, a review is like gold to authors.

Thank you!

I've been using Patreon since October 2016, and looking at the list of things I've done with the help of Patrons is impressive... 

1) Cover art for Dawn.
2) Maps for A Hero's Birth.
3) Editing for Narcissist, a short piece of non-fiction I submitted to a contest.
4) Editing for Dark Ones, a short story I submitted to a contest and then self-published.
5) Cover art for the Omnibus e-book with my entire Empire's Foundation trilogy.

6) Editing for Carbon Concerns, a short piece of fiction that has been accepted by Dark Helix Press.
7) Cover art for A Queen's Edict.

8) Editing for Hank's Rest, a flash fiction I submitted to a magazine.

I can't wait to see what projects come next with your generous support!

Recent posts by Ryan Toxopeus

Tiers
Mercenary
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
One ebook per month (your choice), and your name in the dedications. 
Adventurer
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Insights into writing and editing, exclusive sneak peeks, and $1 level rewards.
Knight
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Support both story writing and board game design! You get all previous reward levels, plus bonus content from the board game.
Noble
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, + Monthly Patron-only hangouts, and name a character.
Dragon Royalty
$85 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
See you at a convention near you! (North America only)