Johan Toivo is creating A Westie Story
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patrons
Johan Toivo here!

Welcome to the official Westie Story Patreon! Here you can read the full chapters of Westie Story as they're released. :)

You may be wondering what this is all about? Let me explain...

Imagine yourself and hundreds of friends from around the world taking over a hotel for a weekend. Imagine dancing past dawn, partying in hotel rooms, hanging out in lobbies and hallways and stairwells through the wee hours of the night. Now imagine a dance that anyone can learn, a language for communicating with a partner to create a spontaneous and shared interpretation of a song.

What if I told you that there exists a largely unknown niche community that spans the globe. Tight knit and connected through technology, its members meet weekly in local branches, and a core group gathers regularly at large scale weekend events. Even the most fringe individuals watch videos of the community’s idols online, and a global competitive ranking system sanctioned by the World Swing Dance Council establishes a social structure based largely on skill.

These are the West Coast Swing dancers. An unlikely group of engineers and programmers, entrepreneurs and therapists, regular people like you and I from all walks of life, tied together across the globe by a shared, often near-fanatical passion for the dance.

This is their story.

In fact it's an epic love story about pursuing dreams, knowing yourself and finding your happiness. It spans years and crosses continents. My deep and sincere hope for Westie Story is that you would feel in your bones how connected our world is--that there’s so much mystery and wonder in life.

West Coast Swing has an amazing global community which has affected my life in immensely positive ways. My dream is to share this dance I love with others through this story, with the long term goal of making it into a movie to reach an even wider audience. This is in the works: but the first step is to get the story written. I'm using this method of publishing through Patreon to help fund my work, and because in all honesty, it's a huge project and I need some motivation to keep at it till the end. 

I'm immensely excited to embark on this journey with you all!! Please check out my various Patron reward tiers and consider supporting the project. The more this project is financed the more I can have time to work on it! Pledges are done per month, so your account will not be charged till the beginning of the next month. My goal is to get 30+ Patrons for the Chapter 1 launch. Till then, I'm posting various behind-the-scenes goodies and pre-releases in the Patron feed. My $10+ tier involves some collaboration on the story, which I'm sure we'll have some fun with. ;)

And now, back to the writing!

All the best,

Johan
Tiers
Become a Patron
$1 or more per month
For a pledge of $1.00 or more you'll get access to the full chapters, patron-only feed and comments section. This includes:
  • Access to full chapters as they're released (only excerpts will be released to the general public)
  • Sneak peeks of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
Become a Patron+
$10 or more per month
For a pledge of $10 or more you'll get:
  • The draft version pre-release of each chapter! I'll release it to you a week before everyone else.
  • Access to full chapters as they're released (only excerpts will be released to the general public)
  • Access to behind-the-scenes content (such as outline notes, pictures, etc)
  • Opportunity to give input and feedback on the story
Goals
2 of 30 patrons
The first goal is to have 30 patrons. I have huge plans for this story. At this point all the funding I receive from Patreon goes back into the story to pay for marketing. More patrons means more people are reading the story, I can afford to do more, and more people are personally invested in the success of this project.
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Johan Toivo here!

Welcome to the official Westie Story Patreon! Here you can read the full chapters of Westie Story as they're released. :)

You may be wondering what this is all about? Let me explain...

Imagine yourself and hundreds of friends from around the world taking over a hotel for a weekend. Imagine dancing past dawn, partying in hotel rooms, hanging out in lobbies and hallways and stairwells through the wee hours of the night. Now imagine a dance that anyone can learn, a language for communicating with a partner to create a spontaneous and shared interpretation of a song.

What if I told you that there exists a largely unknown niche community that spans the globe. Tight knit and connected through technology, its members meet weekly in local branches, and a core group gathers regularly at large scale weekend events. Even the most fringe individuals watch videos of the community’s idols online, and a global competitive ranking system sanctioned by the World Swing Dance Council establishes a social structure based largely on skill.

These are the West Coast Swing dancers. An unlikely group of engineers and programmers, entrepreneurs and therapists, regular people like you and I from all walks of life, tied together across the globe by a shared, often near-fanatical passion for the dance.

This is their story.

In fact it's an epic love story about pursuing dreams, knowing yourself and finding your happiness. It spans years and crosses continents. My deep and sincere hope for Westie Story is that you would feel in your bones how connected our world is--that there’s so much mystery and wonder in life.

West Coast Swing has an amazing global community which has affected my life in immensely positive ways. My dream is to share this dance I love with others through this story, with the long term goal of making it into a movie to reach an even wider audience. This is in the works: but the first step is to get the story written. I'm using this method of publishing through Patreon to help fund my work, and because in all honesty, it's a huge project and I need some motivation to keep at it till the end. 

I'm immensely excited to embark on this journey with you all!! Please check out my various Patron reward tiers and consider supporting the project. The more this project is financed the more I can have time to work on it! Pledges are done per month, so your account will not be charged till the beginning of the next month. My goal is to get 30+ Patrons for the Chapter 1 launch. Till then, I'm posting various behind-the-scenes goodies and pre-releases in the Patron feed. My $10+ tier involves some collaboration on the story, which I'm sure we'll have some fun with. ;)

And now, back to the writing!

All the best,

Johan

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Tiers
Become a Patron
$1 or more per month
For a pledge of $1.00 or more you'll get access to the full chapters, patron-only feed and comments section. This includes:
  • Access to full chapters as they're released (only excerpts will be released to the general public)
  • Sneak peeks of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
Become a Patron+
$10 or more per month
For a pledge of $10 or more you'll get:
  • The draft version pre-release of each chapter! I'll release it to you a week before everyone else.
  • Access to full chapters as they're released (only excerpts will be released to the general public)
  • Access to behind-the-scenes content (such as outline notes, pictures, etc)
  • Opportunity to give input and feedback on the story