My name is Shayne McClendon. I'm a prolific writer of outside-the-norm fiction that includes dramatic, erotic, and romantic stories. Over the last five years, I've steadily built my brand Always the Good Girl and have written (literally) hundreds of stories.
My first book went live on May 21st 2012 and since then, I've published 26 books as Shayne McClendon, two paranormal books under the pen name Sabrina Rue, and three more as Charlize Rojos (separate from my others because they're explicit m/m erotica).
I average 6-8 novels per year as Shayne. In the past five years I've written approximately 8 million words of fiction. Some of those words are in the form of more than 300 short stories. My short story collections - compiled annually - are my best sellers.
I broke Stephen King's well-deserved record (but I won't tell him).
Since 2012, my readers have been the best cheerleaders, critics, and brain-stormers an author could hope for. They don't let me quit, they wait patiently when my "day job" sidelines me for weeks or months at a time, and they read/review/recommend my work. It was one of my incredible readers who found this site and encouraged me to set up a profile.
Patrons of the arts have been a true gift throughout history. We might never have gotten "To Kill a Mockingbird" if Harper Lee hadn't received a generous gift of one year's wages from Michael and Joy Brown that gave her the time and freedom to finish it.
Those who follow me have repeatedly wished for lottery winnings or an insane inheritance from a long-lost (and ridiculously loaded) relative so they can help me focus on my fiction.
I worked as a corporate bookkeeper for 15 years. When the company was sold and I was laid off, I was lost. Writing was a "hobby" for me since I was a child. Never anything serious. Not a real job.
And then it was.
I work as a health content creator (articles, sales pages, books, and graphics) for several clients and I'm dependent on that income to make ends meet (which can be further apart some months than others). They have the power (and have used it) to decrease my income dramatically with a single email. It's not much different than working a 9-to-5 job and getting laid off without warning.
Every time my client work changes, my fiction suffers because I have to ignore it to find additional clients or devote all of my time to projects. It's part of real life and I've been rolling with it for years but the ongoing stress is taking a toll.
I'd love to see what could happen with more time to write fiction.
If you're new here and wondering what Patreon is about, it's pretty simple (and that surprised me). If you want to help me devote more time to writing awesome characters, crazy plots, and steamy love stories...this is where you can do it.
I'm looking for what most authors, artists, musicians, designers, and other creative minds are looking for...a way to do what I love and keep the lights on every month. Sustainable income that frees up my brain to write even more.
Every couple of weeks, I do a Game Night with the members of my Facebook group. They post photos in the comments and I write a short story under it.
In about an hour, I write an average of 5 short stories with random plots, from several genres. It helps ease the pressure in my head when I haven't had a chance to work on my own stuff for several days.
I write fast. I write well. I have 2300 reviews on Amazon and 94% are 4-star (6%) and 5-star (88%).
I don't put money into advertising, I don't hire editors, I stopped going to book signings, and I'm still working for other people at least 6 days a week.
I want to grow as an author. I want to get more eyes on what I write. I want more time to write what I love without having to grit my teeth and abandon a project for several weeks while I meet client deadlines.
Money is not the most important thing in the world but all of us need it. Creators constantly struggle with the necessity of money for basic needs and the scratching, clawing monster in our brains telling us to forget all that and work on our passion.
If you love beautiful stories featuring men and women you're going to forget aren't real, plots that pull you in and won't let you go, and series that leave you begging for more...I'm your writer.
You'll see in the details that I'm going to reward backers with digital fiction. I can keep you in words.
Those, there are always plenty of to share.
An overview of rewards I have planned for various levels...
- Complete access to the patrons-only Facebook group (all levels)
- Access to the patrons-only blog (all levels)
- Behind-the-scenes access to my writing process (all levels)
- Sneak peeks of releases, covers, and even excerpts ($3 and up)
- Weekly author chat video ($5 and up)
- Exclusive short stories ($10 and up)
- An unpublished book sent chapter-by-chapter ($20 and up)
- Even more awesome short stories ($50 and up)
- Your name in a story ($100 and up)
- Personalized short story with your input - all yours($300 and up)
I want to write for YOU. I want to write for ME. I want to write because it's the only thing I've ever wanted since I first understood that words had the power to make life bearable when I was seven.
I'm going to make this happen - with or without backers - because I've come too far to go back. I'd love to have you with me on the journey.
You can join my private Facebook group here and follow me at these locations...
If you become a patron, you immediately gain access to the blog exclusively for patrons. You can find that group right here. As of December 22nd 2017, I've written 3 books there, posting them chapter by chapter.