Shireen Jeejeebhoy is creating Books, Photography, Blogs
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My newest book is out now! Click here to check it out!!

I am a NaNoWriMo fan. Every November, I hunker down with my fellow Wrimos and bang out a novel on my computer. Then I revise, submit to beta readers, and stall because the next step costs a lot of money. A good editor is worth paying for, but I've run out of funds to do so, and my stack of novels is growing as they wait to have the red pencil of an eagle-eyed editor go through them. That's why I joined Patreon. I need patrons like you to help me bring these novels to readers.

But there's another reason why I'm seeking patrons: to help people with brain injury.

I have a brain injury and the attention span of a gnat. Wait. Scratch that. I HAD the attention span of a gnat. But I found treatment after years of searching and voilà: attention span of an elephant.

I was in the middle of writing Lifeliner, a book about the first person in the world to live without eating, when bam! Two cars crashed into the back of the one I was innocently sitting in, writing a chapter in my head.

All the cats jumped off my sinking ship as various family, friends, spouse, income, hobbies, talents, skills vamoosed. The cats splashed away, tails spinning like whiptides to motor them from my changed personality, absent emotions, cobra-striking anger. I watched helplessly from the sinking aft of my ship, knowing I needed better than the pseudo-evidence-based strategies and symptom-managing-brain-worsening medications masking-as-treatment that we with brain injury and concussions are subjected to, to get back to writing.

I found better.

And then: I finished Lifeliner!

I relearnt my photography.

I wrote my first novel.

And more novels: an urban fantasy, a story for Wattpad readers all around the world, a time travel bouncing between Toronto futures, a thriller played out on Twitter.

In 2012, I wrote Concussion Is Brain Injury.

I was making my own way, finding treatment that increased my energy bit by small bit, shot my emotions awake, snapped more and more dead neurons and flailing neural networks into life.

I wrote to breathe.

But the toll of fighting for limited health care; the relentless fatigue; my brain’s stubborn resistance to initiating and organizing; and worst of all PTSD slamming into me like a hockey enforcer in 2013, meant I had to make a choice: write or market.

I chose writing.

In 2016, goaded by my neurodoc and brain trainer, I put all my meagre energy into raising money through PubLaunch to publish an update to Concussion Is Brain Injury. Unfortunately, proofreading and marketing remained unfunded. Right after, I had eye surgery, expecting a 6-week recovery. Holy cow, the colours! The depth! Um, my brain no like the computer screen. How can I write my update?! You’ll get efficient proprioception and perception, my surgeon said. It’ll just take awhile.

Yeah . . . a year and counting.

And then: I received therapeutic help to organize, structure, write, and edit my update. Yay! Somehow I found a way to publish it. And today it's out! But . . .

How to fund the marketing? How to let people know there is hope for brain injury treatment? How to edit, publish, and market the novels sitting on my hard drive, including the one I wrote in 2017 about a computer nerd's virtual reality becoming reality? How to make multimedia ebooks? And sell my photography?

One day, scrolling through Twitter, I saw a tweet on Patreon by a fantasy writer I follow. Hey, that's it! Monthly support through fans like you, who want to see my art freed from my hard drive!!

What do you think?

I know, I know, what’s in it for you? Bragging rights about how you’re the best reader ever! Because you’re supporting a writer with brain injury and PTSD, just trying to make a difference!!! Pretty cool, eh? The rewards are sweet too.
Rewards
Pencil
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Hey! You're pencilling me into your story. You know the power of the pencil in creating words. Thank you!

Rewards:
  • Access to patron-only content.
  • Your name on a special page of my website thanking you for being so awesome!
Red Pencil
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Yay! You're helping me fuel my editor's red pencil, marking up my words.

Rewards:
  • One time only: desktop wallpaper using one of my photos (.jpg).
  • When my brain injury grants me permission, I'll do a Q&A based on your comments.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Green Pencil
$7 or more per month 1 patron
You know the power of the proofreader's green pencil and their backwards way of reading to find those pesky typos.

Rewards:
  • One time only: one ebook of your novelling choice (.ePub or .mobi).
  • When my PTSD says hey, I'm gonna give you a break so that you can post, I'll share early versions of scenes or deleted scenes or sentences my editor says gotta go, Shireen.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Bluelines
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
You are one sweet, sweet fan. You know how expensive it is to fix the final copy of one's book, and you're saying, hey, I'm in this with you. Thank you! Thank you!!

Rewards:
  • Early ebook copies of new releases so you can stay awake at night.
  • One time only: Signed digital poster.
  • Pre-edited copy of my manuscript for exclusive reading and consulting to help make my next books shine.
  • Your name in the Acknowledgement section of the next release after you join.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
ARC
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Whoa! I can't believe you're doing this for me!! You are so amazing!!! Any reward seems meagre in comparison to your generosity, but here goes.

Rewards:
  • Signed print copy of new paperbacks as they're published.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
The Book Buster
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow, wow, wow, you are extraordinary. You know what you're doing? You're ensuring that though I'll be kicked out of my small disability pension, I won't lose income. I'll even gain some! Way cool! Way awesome! I'm staggered!!

Rewards:
  • Signed copies of all my paperbacks.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Goals
$9 of $1,000 per month
This goal will get me going again. I'll be able to hire an assistant on a part-time-part-time basis to plan and organize my writing and marketing. Sweet!
3 of 3
My newest book is out now! Click here to check it out!!

I am a NaNoWriMo fan. Every November, I hunker down with my fellow Wrimos and bang out a novel on my computer. Then I revise, submit to beta readers, and stall because the next step costs a lot of money. A good editor is worth paying for, but I've run out of funds to do so, and my stack of novels is growing as they wait to have the red pencil of an eagle-eyed editor go through them. That's why I joined Patreon. I need patrons like you to help me bring these novels to readers.

But there's another reason why I'm seeking patrons: to help people with brain injury.

I have a brain injury and the attention span of a gnat. Wait. Scratch that. I HAD the attention span of a gnat. But I found treatment after years of searching and voilà: attention span of an elephant.

I was in the middle of writing Lifeliner, a book about the first person in the world to live without eating, when bam! Two cars crashed into the back of the one I was innocently sitting in, writing a chapter in my head.

All the cats jumped off my sinking ship as various family, friends, spouse, income, hobbies, talents, skills vamoosed. The cats splashed away, tails spinning like whiptides to motor them from my changed personality, absent emotions, cobra-striking anger. I watched helplessly from the sinking aft of my ship, knowing I needed better than the pseudo-evidence-based strategies and symptom-managing-brain-worsening medications masking-as-treatment that we with brain injury and concussions are subjected to, to get back to writing.

I found better.

And then: I finished Lifeliner!

I relearnt my photography.

I wrote my first novel.

And more novels: an urban fantasy, a story for Wattpad readers all around the world, a time travel bouncing between Toronto futures, a thriller played out on Twitter.

In 2012, I wrote Concussion Is Brain Injury.

I was making my own way, finding treatment that increased my energy bit by small bit, shot my emotions awake, snapped more and more dead neurons and flailing neural networks into life.

I wrote to breathe.

But the toll of fighting for limited health care; the relentless fatigue; my brain’s stubborn resistance to initiating and organizing; and worst of all PTSD slamming into me like a hockey enforcer in 2013, meant I had to make a choice: write or market.

I chose writing.

In 2016, goaded by my neurodoc and brain trainer, I put all my meagre energy into raising money through PubLaunch to publish an update to Concussion Is Brain Injury. Unfortunately, proofreading and marketing remained unfunded. Right after, I had eye surgery, expecting a 6-week recovery. Holy cow, the colours! The depth! Um, my brain no like the computer screen. How can I write my update?! You’ll get efficient proprioception and perception, my surgeon said. It’ll just take awhile.

Yeah . . . a year and counting.

And then: I received therapeutic help to organize, structure, write, and edit my update. Yay! Somehow I found a way to publish it. And today it's out! But . . .

How to fund the marketing? How to let people know there is hope for brain injury treatment? How to edit, publish, and market the novels sitting on my hard drive, including the one I wrote in 2017 about a computer nerd's virtual reality becoming reality? How to make multimedia ebooks? And sell my photography?

One day, scrolling through Twitter, I saw a tweet on Patreon by a fantasy writer I follow. Hey, that's it! Monthly support through fans like you, who want to see my art freed from my hard drive!!

What do you think?

I know, I know, what’s in it for you? Bragging rights about how you’re the best reader ever! Because you’re supporting a writer with brain injury and PTSD, just trying to make a difference!!! Pretty cool, eh? The rewards are sweet too.

Recent posts by Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Rewards
Pencil
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Hey! You're pencilling me into your story. You know the power of the pencil in creating words. Thank you!

Rewards:
  • Access to patron-only content.
  • Your name on a special page of my website thanking you for being so awesome!
Red Pencil
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Yay! You're helping me fuel my editor's red pencil, marking up my words.

Rewards:
  • One time only: desktop wallpaper using one of my photos (.jpg).
  • When my brain injury grants me permission, I'll do a Q&A based on your comments.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Green Pencil
$7 or more per month 1 patron
You know the power of the proofreader's green pencil and their backwards way of reading to find those pesky typos.

Rewards:
  • One time only: one ebook of your novelling choice (.ePub or .mobi).
  • When my PTSD says hey, I'm gonna give you a break so that you can post, I'll share early versions of scenes or deleted scenes or sentences my editor says gotta go, Shireen.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Bluelines
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
You are one sweet, sweet fan. You know how expensive it is to fix the final copy of one's book, and you're saying, hey, I'm in this with you. Thank you! Thank you!!

Rewards:
  • Early ebook copies of new releases so you can stay awake at night.
  • One time only: Signed digital poster.
  • Pre-edited copy of my manuscript for exclusive reading and consulting to help make my next books shine.
  • Your name in the Acknowledgement section of the next release after you join.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
ARC
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Whoa! I can't believe you're doing this for me!! You are so amazing!!! Any reward seems meagre in comparison to your generosity, but here goes.

Rewards:
  • Signed print copy of new paperbacks as they're published.
  • Plus all previous rewards.
The Book Buster
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow, wow, wow, you are extraordinary. You know what you're doing? You're ensuring that though I'll be kicked out of my small disability pension, I won't lose income. I'll even gain some! Way cool! Way awesome! I'm staggered!!

Rewards:
  • Signed copies of all my paperbacks.
  • Plus all previous rewards.