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R. James Gauvreau is creating writing resources and fiction
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I write. That's the simple way of putting it. 

My hands spin a lot of plates. On the fiction end of things, I'm writing a serial novel called Heroes Save the World, an exploration of what happens when you give superpowers of varying utility to a hundred fourteen-year-old kids. It's probably going to end in tears. On the other end, I'm writing worldbuilding resources and nonfiction like a guide to comparative mythology. 

All of my fiction, and much of my other writing, is published with a Creative Commons license. You can do just about anything you want with it—share, remix, transform, or build upon it—as long as you pay it forward and distribute the result under the same license. I love the public domain and loathe how modern copyright laws have butchered it, but by releasing my work into the Creative Commons, I can contribute to the formation of a new public domain whose only requirement is that you not keep others from taking liberties just as you have done. 



"Make stuff and release it for free" is a tough business model to make money with. It isn't a business model at all, honestly, and that presents a problem for a couple of reasons. First off, like anybody else I have to eat, and an hour spent working to get a dollar somewhere else is an hour I'm not spending on these projects. The more money that I'm making from Patreon, though, the fewer hours I have to spend on other tasks. 

More importantly, though, with your help I'll be able to have an actual budget for my projects. There are a lot of ways for me to add some polish, from commissioning illustrations to buying accounts with digital libraries, and I could justify doing these things so long as I had even a small cash inflow. I'm fine with living on a shoestring budget for the sake of giving some extra oomph to my work, but even Soylent and boiled shoestrings cost money, so there's a hard limit to how many pennies I can pinch. 

In exchange for your help, I commit to producing the following: 
  • One booklet every month, generally on a topic relevant to worldbuilding. Most, such as my comparison of "horse nomad" cultures, will be 10-15 pages long. Other books that I have written are as long as several hundred pages. 
  • Fiction, on a...semi-regular basis. I was originally at 3,000 words or 2 chapters a week, but I'm having to rework my schedule. 
As larger goals are fulfilled and I can devote more of my time to these projects, this list will get longer and you'll get to see even more cool stuff every month. 



For just 25 cents a week
, you'll get a free copy of anything that gets published in my stores. Some of this will be free and in the Creative Commons, but at least half of what I publish each year will have a price tag attached, usually between $1.99 and $2.99. No matter what, the cost of a whole year's collection will never come out to less than $12, so you'll always save money with this option. Even I'll save money, because Patreon takes a much smaller fee from me than stores like Amazon and DriveThruRPG. 

You'll also be able to influence my future work. Most months will see polls asking, for example, which project I should work on next. I can't make guarantees, because sometimes the research will prove to be more difficult than anticipated or the plot will turn out to be unworkable, but I'll keep this to a minimum. 

For less than a dollar a week, you'll get a shout-out in a story. This can be in one of my serial fiction projects, a short story (where it's more likely that your name will go to a main character if that's what you'd like), or in the fluff of a worldbuilding resource. A link to your website will be included in the comments section or another appropriate location. As soon as I get notified about your pledge, we can start talking about the possibilities. 

For five dollars a month, you'll get access to a Google Drive folder full of my other work. It'll run the gamut from half-finished stories, to drafts of current work, more or less completed works that I'm still tinkering with between submissions. This last group will circulate through the folder so that they're definitely, positively "drafts." Because they're effectively behind a paywall, I should be alright, but I don't want to take a chance on losing any first publishing rights. 

For ten dollars a month, you'll get downloadable PDF, EPUB, and MOBI versions of all digital content produced in the prior month, both fiction and nonfiction. 



When we get to $50/month in pledges, I'll resurrect an old project of mine. 

A couple of years ago I started to put together a free directory of guides, tools, and other resources that would be useful for writers and worldbuilders. With people being as creative as they are, and the Internet being as big as it is, oftentimes the only limit to finding the resource that you need is realizing that somebody actually thought of that thing, and then knowing how to locate it. 

Presently, the directory has links to everything from flag design software and simulators for rising sea levels to a Sumerian dictionary and a demographics calculator based on the numbers found in the Domesday Book, in case you want to know exactly how many doctors should be in your pseudo-European fantasy city.

Unfortunately, this project fell by the wayside and right now it's just a list of links, separated into rough categories. I want to reorganize the directory to make it simple to navigate, give useful descriptions of the links that are already there, add many more links, and keep the whole thing updated on a monthly basis. All listings on the directory, as well as the directory itself, will also be added to the Internet Archive so that the links will never be broken. Your pledges will not only let me justify taking the time that I'll have to spend on this project, but reassure me that it's actually doing some good and that people are using it. 

You can see the directory in its current, skeletal form here.



I like them. 
Tiers
That Tier with the Free Books
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
  • Get access to free copies of anything published that month. 
  • Answer polls about projects that you'd like to see me work on, and other Important Questions. 
Get Tuckerized
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Have your name mentioned in one of my projects and see it immortalized as "the one who got eaten by the volcano goblins," or maybe even "the one who defeated the volcano goblins." We'll chat about it. 
  • Your website will be mentioned too. 
  • Get access to the previous tier. 
Key to the Archives
$5 or more per month 1 patron
  • Receive a magical key to a Google Drive folder full of unpublished work, including drafts of stories currently being written. 
  • Learn the awful truth that magical keys are just metaphors nowadays. 
  • Soothe the bitter pain of disillusionment by reading stories from before the dawn of humankind. 
  • Oh, and get access to all previous tiers, too.   
Easy Reading Edition
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Receive downloadable PDF, EPUB, and MOBI versions of all projects published in the past month. 
  • Learn what a MOBI file is.
  • As always, get access to previous tiers. 
Goals
$15 of $50 per month
A long time ago I began to put together a directory of guides, tools, and other useful links for writers, but had to leave the project by the wayside soon after. If we get to this amount then I'll be able to justify taking the time to return to the project, polish it, and keep it updated on a monthly basis.
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I write. That's the simple way of putting it. 

My hands spin a lot of plates. On the fiction end of things, I'm writing a serial novel called Heroes Save the World, an exploration of what happens when you give superpowers of varying utility to a hundred fourteen-year-old kids. It's probably going to end in tears. On the other end, I'm writing worldbuilding resources and nonfiction like a guide to comparative mythology. 

All of my fiction, and much of my other writing, is published with a Creative Commons license. You can do just about anything you want with it—share, remix, transform, or build upon it—as long as you pay it forward and distribute the result under the same license. I love the public domain and loathe how modern copyright laws have butchered it, but by releasing my work into the Creative Commons, I can contribute to the formation of a new public domain whose only requirement is that you not keep others from taking liberties just as you have done. 



"Make stuff and release it for free" is a tough business model to make money with. It isn't a business model at all, honestly, and that presents a problem for a couple of reasons. First off, like anybody else I have to eat, and an hour spent working to get a dollar somewhere else is an hour I'm not spending on these projects. The more money that I'm making from Patreon, though, the fewer hours I have to spend on other tasks. 

More importantly, though, with your help I'll be able to have an actual budget for my projects. There are a lot of ways for me to add some polish, from commissioning illustrations to buying accounts with digital libraries, and I could justify doing these things so long as I had even a small cash inflow. I'm fine with living on a shoestring budget for the sake of giving some extra oomph to my work, but even Soylent and boiled shoestrings cost money, so there's a hard limit to how many pennies I can pinch. 

In exchange for your help, I commit to producing the following: 
  • One booklet every month, generally on a topic relevant to worldbuilding. Most, such as my comparison of "horse nomad" cultures, will be 10-15 pages long. Other books that I have written are as long as several hundred pages. 
  • Fiction, on a...semi-regular basis. I was originally at 3,000 words or 2 chapters a week, but I'm having to rework my schedule. 
As larger goals are fulfilled and I can devote more of my time to these projects, this list will get longer and you'll get to see even more cool stuff every month. 



For just 25 cents a week
, you'll get a free copy of anything that gets published in my stores. Some of this will be free and in the Creative Commons, but at least half of what I publish each year will have a price tag attached, usually between $1.99 and $2.99. No matter what, the cost of a whole year's collection will never come out to less than $12, so you'll always save money with this option. Even I'll save money, because Patreon takes a much smaller fee from me than stores like Amazon and DriveThruRPG. 

You'll also be able to influence my future work. Most months will see polls asking, for example, which project I should work on next. I can't make guarantees, because sometimes the research will prove to be more difficult than anticipated or the plot will turn out to be unworkable, but I'll keep this to a minimum. 

For less than a dollar a week, you'll get a shout-out in a story. This can be in one of my serial fiction projects, a short story (where it's more likely that your name will go to a main character if that's what you'd like), or in the fluff of a worldbuilding resource. A link to your website will be included in the comments section or another appropriate location. As soon as I get notified about your pledge, we can start talking about the possibilities. 

For five dollars a month, you'll get access to a Google Drive folder full of my other work. It'll run the gamut from half-finished stories, to drafts of current work, more or less completed works that I'm still tinkering with between submissions. This last group will circulate through the folder so that they're definitely, positively "drafts." Because they're effectively behind a paywall, I should be alright, but I don't want to take a chance on losing any first publishing rights. 

For ten dollars a month, you'll get downloadable PDF, EPUB, and MOBI versions of all digital content produced in the prior month, both fiction and nonfiction. 



When we get to $50/month in pledges, I'll resurrect an old project of mine. 

A couple of years ago I started to put together a free directory of guides, tools, and other resources that would be useful for writers and worldbuilders. With people being as creative as they are, and the Internet being as big as it is, oftentimes the only limit to finding the resource that you need is realizing that somebody actually thought of that thing, and then knowing how to locate it. 

Presently, the directory has links to everything from flag design software and simulators for rising sea levels to a Sumerian dictionary and a demographics calculator based on the numbers found in the Domesday Book, in case you want to know exactly how many doctors should be in your pseudo-European fantasy city.

Unfortunately, this project fell by the wayside and right now it's just a list of links, separated into rough categories. I want to reorganize the directory to make it simple to navigate, give useful descriptions of the links that are already there, add many more links, and keep the whole thing updated on a monthly basis. All listings on the directory, as well as the directory itself, will also be added to the Internet Archive so that the links will never be broken. Your pledges will not only let me justify taking the time that I'll have to spend on this project, but reassure me that it's actually doing some good and that people are using it. 

You can see the directory in its current, skeletal form here.



I like them. 

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Tiers
That Tier with the Free Books
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
  • Get access to free copies of anything published that month. 
  • Answer polls about projects that you'd like to see me work on, and other Important Questions. 
Get Tuckerized
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Have your name mentioned in one of my projects and see it immortalized as "the one who got eaten by the volcano goblins," or maybe even "the one who defeated the volcano goblins." We'll chat about it. 
  • Your website will be mentioned too. 
  • Get access to the previous tier. 
Key to the Archives
$5 or more per month 1 patron
  • Receive a magical key to a Google Drive folder full of unpublished work, including drafts of stories currently being written. 
  • Learn the awful truth that magical keys are just metaphors nowadays. 
  • Soothe the bitter pain of disillusionment by reading stories from before the dawn of humankind. 
  • Oh, and get access to all previous tiers, too.   
Easy Reading Edition
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Receive downloadable PDF, EPUB, and MOBI versions of all projects published in the past month. 
  • Learn what a MOBI file is.
  • As always, get access to previous tiers.