Andrea is creating stories
25

patrons

$49
per story
Hi! I’m Andrea Phillips, an author and game designer. I like to make stories—but they don’t all take the form of something you can read or watch from beginning to end. If you’re fancy, you could say I like to experiment with narrative structure and form, with an eye toward creating story archaeology.

But for the rest of us? Let’s just say I like to make bits and pieces from other worlds. Things like, oh, a time traveler’s diary in a Google Calendar. Or the story of your first day at a new job. Or the correspondence around some wedding planning gone wrong.

But here’s the problem: a lot of the things I’d love to play with can’t really be sold as short fiction; they can’t be password-locked, can’t be word-counted, can’t be flattened.

I still want to make all of those things, you guys. But it’s hard to justify doing the kinds of work my heart sings for when you know it isn’t going to pay the bills. Because the grocery store doesn’t care how fulfilling I’m finding my creative work when it's time to pay at the checkout.

…And that’s where you come in!

SOME EXPECTATION-SETTING
Some of you are long-time fans of my work and may have some expectations around what kinds of thing I might make. So in the interest of keeping things joyful and harmonious I thought I should make a bunch of things clear up front about what I'll be doing—or more precisely, what I won't be doing! 

First, none of the actual things I make will be patron-locked. Please don’t expect exclusivity in the artifacts that I make! That's part of the problem I'm trying to solve. But rewards like kitten* pics and process videos WILL be locked to various Patreon tiers.

Second, this is not going to be a collection of puzzles or interactive games, though some of the artifacts may have interactive elements. I’m not making alternate reality games! And none of the things I make will take you long to get through. Low commitment is the keyworld. Probably a few minutes for most things; certainly less than an hour.

And finally, not everything I make will be NEW and INNOVATIVE. One of the things I’m most interested in, creatively, is iteration. So yes, I made a story in a Google Calendar once before. But can I make a better one? A more interesting one? What kinds of stories can you tell in the shape of a survey? How far can you push a simple email autoresponder?

Hey, why don’t we find out together? :)

WAIT WHY IS THERE AN ASTERISK BY "KITTEN"
Well, the thing about Tabitha is. Um.

She’s an unusual breed.

You’ll see. 

I'M NOT SURE...
Hey, that's OK, not all of us have so many dollars to spare. If you're not ready to commit but you still want to hear about it when I make new stuff, join my mailing list and I'll let you know. <3 (Just... not as soon as my patrons!) And thanks for your time and attention!
Tiers
Buds
$1 or more per story 14 patrons
Thank you! You are the BEST and I am grateful for your support, truly, no matter how much you’re giving me. You’ll get first crack at all of the things I make — I’ll send you links, downloads, PDFs, or whatever form the things take as soon as they go live! And you’ll get to be a part of the discussion here about what you think, too.
Pals
$2 or more per story 3 patrons
Just like my Buds except TWICE as generous, you'll get notified the second that new work goes up. Plus! You'll also receive exclusive pictures and updates about Tabitha, my adorable kitten.*
Amigos
$3 or more per story 2 patrons
HOW COOL ARE YOU OMG. At this tier you get the goods, the pictures of Tabitha the kitten*, and short real-time writing videos, so you can see how the sausage gets made.
Insiders
$5 or more per story 2 patrons
Daaaaaang, you’re super generous, thank you! On top of everything from prior tiers, you'll get a video artist’s statement as a companion to each piece, so you can gain insight into my process and design choices.  And my fashion sense?
Confidantes
$15 or more per story 0 patrons
Whoa look at YOU being a rock star! I am so grateful, more than I can tell you. In return, you’ll get all the Buds and Insiders stuff. Every March, I’ll send you an ebook collection of… as much of these works as are collectable in ebook format? Plus I’ll send you sneak peeks of my other work from time to time: scenes, outlines, ideas.
Collectors
$40 or more per story 0 patrons
WHAAAAAT. Are you too good for this earth?! I’m overwhelmed by your giving spirit! But if you insist on such a stunning amount of support… Once a year in December, on top of everything else, I’ll send you a tangible artifact in the mail. Letters, postcards, official documents, brochures? Cursed rabbit’s feet? Enchanted beans to plant? Fancy fudge? We’ll see! :D 
Conspirators
$100 or more per story 0 of 6 patrons
Whoa, it's so, so, SO flattering that you're this excited about my work! NO WORDS. So let's take this to the next level: get all the swag and awesome updates... AND a monthly half-hour video or audio chat where we can talk about whatever you like! Writing, politics, Tabitha the kitten*... sky's the limit! (Uh, within the boundaries of comfort and good taste, anyway...)
Collaborators
$500 or more per story 0 of 5 patrons
Well HEY THERE, sailor! Do you represent a business interested in my professional services for transmedia storytelling? Have I got a deal for you! At this support level, I’ll give you three hours a month of one-on-one consulting over Skype or Google Hangouts, broken up however you like. (You can also contact me privately at [email protected] if you're interested in other arrangements.) 
Goals
$49 of $500 per story
Consistency! Monthly launches for sure! (Uh, unless I have a hurricane or something.) Until then I’ll post new stories whenever I get a chance, but there’s a risk of being crowded out by other work that pays more. Sorry. :(  
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Hi! I’m Andrea Phillips, an author and game designer. I like to make stories—but they don’t all take the form of something you can read or watch from beginning to end. If you’re fancy, you could say I like to experiment with narrative structure and form, with an eye toward creating story archaeology.

But for the rest of us? Let’s just say I like to make bits and pieces from other worlds. Things like, oh, a time traveler’s diary in a Google Calendar. Or the story of your first day at a new job. Or the correspondence around some wedding planning gone wrong.

But here’s the problem: a lot of the things I’d love to play with can’t really be sold as short fiction; they can’t be password-locked, can’t be word-counted, can’t be flattened.

I still want to make all of those things, you guys. But it’s hard to justify doing the kinds of work my heart sings for when you know it isn’t going to pay the bills. Because the grocery store doesn’t care how fulfilling I’m finding my creative work when it's time to pay at the checkout.

…And that’s where you come in!

SOME EXPECTATION-SETTING
Some of you are long-time fans of my work and may have some expectations around what kinds of thing I might make. So in the interest of keeping things joyful and harmonious I thought I should make a bunch of things clear up front about what I'll be doing—or more precisely, what I won't be doing! 

First, none of the actual things I make will be patron-locked. Please don’t expect exclusivity in the artifacts that I make! That's part of the problem I'm trying to solve. But rewards like kitten* pics and process videos WILL be locked to various Patreon tiers.

Second, this is not going to be a collection of puzzles or interactive games, though some of the artifacts may have interactive elements. I’m not making alternate reality games! And none of the things I make will take you long to get through. Low commitment is the keyworld. Probably a few minutes for most things; certainly less than an hour.

And finally, not everything I make will be NEW and INNOVATIVE. One of the things I’m most interested in, creatively, is iteration. So yes, I made a story in a Google Calendar once before. But can I make a better one? A more interesting one? What kinds of stories can you tell in the shape of a survey? How far can you push a simple email autoresponder?

Hey, why don’t we find out together? :)

WAIT WHY IS THERE AN ASTERISK BY "KITTEN"
Well, the thing about Tabitha is. Um.

She’s an unusual breed.

You’ll see. 

I'M NOT SURE...
Hey, that's OK, not all of us have so many dollars to spare. If you're not ready to commit but you still want to hear about it when I make new stuff, join my mailing list and I'll let you know. <3 (Just... not as soon as my patrons!) And thanks for your time and attention!

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Tiers
Buds
$1 or more per story 14 patrons
Thank you! You are the BEST and I am grateful for your support, truly, no matter how much you’re giving me. You’ll get first crack at all of the things I make — I’ll send you links, downloads, PDFs, or whatever form the things take as soon as they go live! And you’ll get to be a part of the discussion here about what you think, too.
Pals
$2 or more per story 3 patrons
Just like my Buds except TWICE as generous, you'll get notified the second that new work goes up. Plus! You'll also receive exclusive pictures and updates about Tabitha, my adorable kitten.*
Amigos
$3 or more per story 2 patrons
HOW COOL ARE YOU OMG. At this tier you get the goods, the pictures of Tabitha the kitten*, and short real-time writing videos, so you can see how the sausage gets made.
Insiders
$5 or more per story 2 patrons
Daaaaaang, you’re super generous, thank you! On top of everything from prior tiers, you'll get a video artist’s statement as a companion to each piece, so you can gain insight into my process and design choices.  And my fashion sense?
Confidantes
$15 or more per story 0 patrons
Whoa look at YOU being a rock star! I am so grateful, more than I can tell you. In return, you’ll get all the Buds and Insiders stuff. Every March, I’ll send you an ebook collection of… as much of these works as are collectable in ebook format? Plus I’ll send you sneak peeks of my other work from time to time: scenes, outlines, ideas.
Collectors
$40 or more per story 0 patrons
WHAAAAAT. Are you too good for this earth?! I’m overwhelmed by your giving spirit! But if you insist on such a stunning amount of support… Once a year in December, on top of everything else, I’ll send you a tangible artifact in the mail. Letters, postcards, official documents, brochures? Cursed rabbit’s feet? Enchanted beans to plant? Fancy fudge? We’ll see! :D 
Conspirators
$100 or more per story 0 of 6 patrons
Whoa, it's so, so, SO flattering that you're this excited about my work! NO WORDS. So let's take this to the next level: get all the swag and awesome updates... AND a monthly half-hour video or audio chat where we can talk about whatever you like! Writing, politics, Tabitha the kitten*... sky's the limit! (Uh, within the boundaries of comfort and good taste, anyway...)
Collaborators
$500 or more per story 0 of 5 patrons
Well HEY THERE, sailor! Do you represent a business interested in my professional services for transmedia storytelling? Have I got a deal for you! At this support level, I’ll give you three hours a month of one-on-one consulting over Skype or Google Hangouts, broken up however you like. (You can also contact me privately at [email protected] if you're interested in other arrangements.)