Teo Kuusela is creating Written Fiction
5

patrons

$26
per month
Hello!

I'm Teo Kuusela and as you can likely guess from the title above I am a fiction writer. While my main means of doing that is through the medium of interactive fiction, I am trying to break into genre fiction as well. That's where I need your help!

My philosophy is to improve, strive for better, and communicate with my audience during the writing process; I involve my audience in the shaping of the story where I can and in turn they can openly see the progress I make on any focus project I have. Being open and sharing my joys and troubles regarding my writing with my audience is something I find both helpful and inspiring. Yet that is only for my focus projects: projects I know I will be able to finish and for which I have allocated the time and financial flexibility to accomplish them.
Genre Fiction on the other hand cannot be a focus project until I know I can go through a far more rigorous editing process to make them as much on par with the competition as I am able. Being a non-native to English writing I like to think myself still just as capable, but a straight-shooting editor to shatter that image is just what I sometimes need.
Hence the need for some kind of support.

Now let's get to some imaginary questions I have concocted for the sole purpose of swaying you into supporting me:

"What have you written before?"
As I said above I have so far only been able to have interactive fiction published, but I have plenty of unpublished works also hidden away in my drawers. As it stands, I am the author of Lords of AswickBest of Us, and Diamant Rose.
All those titles have been graciously published by Hosted Games, a sister company of Choice of Games.

"What even is Interactive Fiction?"
I hear you! Nobody has a real concise answer that I know of, but I would say it is a rapidly developing genre of literature that flits along the blurry line between games and prose.
Ever heard of Fighting Fantasy? Those were popular Interactive Fiction gamebooks that existed well before the proliferation of the Internet, and still acts as a major inspiration to me. What I do is in an essence what those books were, except that I have the advantage of using your computer or smart device to do even more.

"When can I see anything that I contributed to?"
My writing flow guides me and my scheduling process as much as it can be allowed, although I will always try my utmost to stick with any dates that I have set down publicly. Add in editing times when I have the means of hiring someone and you're playing with a great bit questionmark at best.
I do strive not to put out stories that are not up to my personal standards, which further complicates giving any real schedules.

"Why don't you just get a real job?"
Yes, well, see that's where the problem lies. I might just have to, but I'm already working day in and day out on writing. Yes, most of it is garbage that will never see the light of day, but occasionally I can come up with real gems and that's what makes all of the financial instability and ridicule about not having a 'real job' absolutely worth it.
With your help I might just turn this around into something that rewards like a 'real job' too!

To that end I wish to make it clear that I do not see Patreon as the answer to any financial problems in my private life. No. The writing, development, and sale of my stories is the solution by which this can become a successful enterprise to me.
That being said, Patreon is a means by which I can, with the help of all you kind people who use it to contribute to me, improve my craft and make sure that what I release is top-notch quality. That in turn directly feeds back to the real solution, which is sales sales sales.

"Okay, so why Patreon then?"
There are multiple platforms now where a budding writer can get their work out there. Of course the old-school way of just submitting manuscripts anywhere one can is still a viable option, but I want to have gone through as many steps as I can to make sure what I write is at least self-publishing quality before seeking any kind of publishing.

Why not something like Inkshares?
Inkshares is a great looking platform and I've been wanting to crowdsource a book that way for ages. However I don't think that I have the reach and audience yet to succeed in doing anything but a Quill imprint, meaning ebook. With their pricing methods it is not convenient for you nor me to crowdsource anything on Inkshares when a likely goal would be to settle for their Quill imprint. This way you can support me through Patreon over a long period of time, with far greater flexibility for both parties, and greater rewards for you in the way of immediate access to my stories.

Why not just put your stuff on Amazon, Bookbaby, or IngramSpark?
Well, I need to make sure my stories hold up first. That means editing fees which all of those great services also demand of me. I have not ruled out using one of those services to publish through when the time is right, but right now I cannot afford even their comparably competitive editing costs.

"Why do you want my money monthly instead of per project?"
This is because I cannot promise that a single project will be the one seeing your particular bit of cash, as well as because a lot of the uses for your money will be well behind the scenes. It will go towards rounds of editing, proofreading, artwork, whatever is necessary to make the final product more presentable to both you and the wider public.
All of your generously contributed money will be set aside in a separate account where it shall gather until such a point as to allow payment of a proper reward to those who I might hire on for their hard work.

"What do I get out of this?"
I wish I had more to give you in return, but while I relish in audience feedback I cannot promise very in-depth discussion due to it taking away time I require for my work. Due to the nature of crowdfunding I also cannot promise I will include a wall of names in my projects to give you ample credit for your contributions. I may if it proves plausible, but I cannot promise it.
However, what I can promise you is access. Early access, but access nonetheless!  Depending on your chosen tier of support, you will be able to read early drafts of genre fiction, possible essays on the worlds I am building or have built, and access to the closed testing phases of my interactive novels!

So if you consider putting even a buck / dollarydoo / quid / euro my way, I wish to say thank you.
Truly, my deepest thank you.
Tiers
Short Story Access
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
By pledging $1 or more - entirely your choice - you have my deepest heartfelt thanks.


As a Patron you will have access to all my short stories that I shall publish via Patreon posts, as well as sneak peeks at draft chapters for my longer stories!

Draft and Outline Access
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Oh my! Get ready to read any of my finished genre fiction draft chapters! It'll be a rough ride.

In addition you will have access to basic story outlines, some of which may end up being future titles.

Extra Testing Access
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Getting to be a bit too much now, but hey! I will include you in any closed testing of my interactive fiction titles, unless you wish to opt out.
Character Inclusion
$20 or more per month 1 patron
You are a mad person! Why don't you email me so we can set up a character brief - something within reason and fitting to a story I'm creating. Then, eventually, you can try to find what we crafted as a character somewhere.
Goals
$26 of $80 per month
Reaching this goal and maintaining it for a year will allow me to hire a professional proofreader.
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Hello!

I'm Teo Kuusela and as you can likely guess from the title above I am a fiction writer. While my main means of doing that is through the medium of interactive fiction, I am trying to break into genre fiction as well. That's where I need your help!

My philosophy is to improve, strive for better, and communicate with my audience during the writing process; I involve my audience in the shaping of the story where I can and in turn they can openly see the progress I make on any focus project I have. Being open and sharing my joys and troubles regarding my writing with my audience is something I find both helpful and inspiring. Yet that is only for my focus projects: projects I know I will be able to finish and for which I have allocated the time and financial flexibility to accomplish them.
Genre Fiction on the other hand cannot be a focus project until I know I can go through a far more rigorous editing process to make them as much on par with the competition as I am able. Being a non-native to English writing I like to think myself still just as capable, but a straight-shooting editor to shatter that image is just what I sometimes need.
Hence the need for some kind of support.

Now let's get to some imaginary questions I have concocted for the sole purpose of swaying you into supporting me:

"What have you written before?"
As I said above I have so far only been able to have interactive fiction published, but I have plenty of unpublished works also hidden away in my drawers. As it stands, I am the author of Lords of AswickBest of Us, and Diamant Rose.
All those titles have been graciously published by Hosted Games, a sister company of Choice of Games.

"What even is Interactive Fiction?"
I hear you! Nobody has a real concise answer that I know of, but I would say it is a rapidly developing genre of literature that flits along the blurry line between games and prose.
Ever heard of Fighting Fantasy? Those were popular Interactive Fiction gamebooks that existed well before the proliferation of the Internet, and still acts as a major inspiration to me. What I do is in an essence what those books were, except that I have the advantage of using your computer or smart device to do even more.

"When can I see anything that I contributed to?"
My writing flow guides me and my scheduling process as much as it can be allowed, although I will always try my utmost to stick with any dates that I have set down publicly. Add in editing times when I have the means of hiring someone and you're playing with a great bit questionmark at best.
I do strive not to put out stories that are not up to my personal standards, which further complicates giving any real schedules.

"Why don't you just get a real job?"
Yes, well, see that's where the problem lies. I might just have to, but I'm already working day in and day out on writing. Yes, most of it is garbage that will never see the light of day, but occasionally I can come up with real gems and that's what makes all of the financial instability and ridicule about not having a 'real job' absolutely worth it.
With your help I might just turn this around into something that rewards like a 'real job' too!

To that end I wish to make it clear that I do not see Patreon as the answer to any financial problems in my private life. No. The writing, development, and sale of my stories is the solution by which this can become a successful enterprise to me.
That being said, Patreon is a means by which I can, with the help of all you kind people who use it to contribute to me, improve my craft and make sure that what I release is top-notch quality. That in turn directly feeds back to the real solution, which is sales sales sales.

"Okay, so why Patreon then?"
There are multiple platforms now where a budding writer can get their work out there. Of course the old-school way of just submitting manuscripts anywhere one can is still a viable option, but I want to have gone through as many steps as I can to make sure what I write is at least self-publishing quality before seeking any kind of publishing.

Why not something like Inkshares?
Inkshares is a great looking platform and I've been wanting to crowdsource a book that way for ages. However I don't think that I have the reach and audience yet to succeed in doing anything but a Quill imprint, meaning ebook. With their pricing methods it is not convenient for you nor me to crowdsource anything on Inkshares when a likely goal would be to settle for their Quill imprint. This way you can support me through Patreon over a long period of time, with far greater flexibility for both parties, and greater rewards for you in the way of immediate access to my stories.

Why not just put your stuff on Amazon, Bookbaby, or IngramSpark?
Well, I need to make sure my stories hold up first. That means editing fees which all of those great services also demand of me. I have not ruled out using one of those services to publish through when the time is right, but right now I cannot afford even their comparably competitive editing costs.

"Why do you want my money monthly instead of per project?"
This is because I cannot promise that a single project will be the one seeing your particular bit of cash, as well as because a lot of the uses for your money will be well behind the scenes. It will go towards rounds of editing, proofreading, artwork, whatever is necessary to make the final product more presentable to both you and the wider public.
All of your generously contributed money will be set aside in a separate account where it shall gather until such a point as to allow payment of a proper reward to those who I might hire on for their hard work.

"What do I get out of this?"
I wish I had more to give you in return, but while I relish in audience feedback I cannot promise very in-depth discussion due to it taking away time I require for my work. Due to the nature of crowdfunding I also cannot promise I will include a wall of names in my projects to give you ample credit for your contributions. I may if it proves plausible, but I cannot promise it.
However, what I can promise you is access. Early access, but access nonetheless!  Depending on your chosen tier of support, you will be able to read early drafts of genre fiction, possible essays on the worlds I am building or have built, and access to the closed testing phases of my interactive novels!

So if you consider putting even a buck / dollarydoo / quid / euro my way, I wish to say thank you.
Truly, my deepest thank you.

Recent posts by Teo Kuusela

Tiers
Short Story Access
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
By pledging $1 or more - entirely your choice - you have my deepest heartfelt thanks.


As a Patron you will have access to all my short stories that I shall publish via Patreon posts, as well as sneak peeks at draft chapters for my longer stories!

Draft and Outline Access
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Oh my! Get ready to read any of my finished genre fiction draft chapters! It'll be a rough ride.

In addition you will have access to basic story outlines, some of which may end up being future titles.

Extra Testing Access
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Getting to be a bit too much now, but hey! I will include you in any closed testing of my interactive fiction titles, unless you wish to opt out.
Character Inclusion
$20 or more per month 1 patron
You are a mad person! Why don't you email me so we can set up a character brief - something within reason and fitting to a story I'm creating. Then, eventually, you can try to find what we crafted as a character somewhere.