Michael Baker - Author of Counterbalance Series is creating Novels, Short Stories, Fiction, Blogs, Videos and Maps
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Welcome to my Patreon!

My name is Michael Baker, and my publishing name is Michael R. Baker. Creative, I know!
I'm a guy from the North-East of England, and I am a fantasy author. After several years of journeying through the thickest jungle of guesswork, many coffees and a lot of swearing, it finally happened.

In December 2017, my beginning into publishing and the writing world was made a reality, when the first of my Counterbalance series launched – The Thousand Scars. You can get the book here:
The Thousand Scars (Counterbalance) (Volume 1)


by Michael R. Baker (Nordland Publishing, December 7, 2017)
Amazon com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/8283310291/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/8283310291/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thousand-scars-michael-r-baker/1127605952

It is only the beginning, though.

Introduction
Writing has been my life for most of it, with most of my genre in the fantasy and horror department, though I'd love to dabble in Sci-Fi too. Firstly, I'll tell you a story of why I decided to do what I do.

That takes me back to 2012 during a difficult time period in my life. I had just been diagnosed with depression, and times were hard. I turned to reading fantasy and decided "I can do this surely? Even me?" It has been a hard journey, at times crippling with the resurgence of problems with my mental health, as well as learning how to live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is still a struggle, but with the help of my incredible family, friends and my stunning girlfriend Vicky, it is a journey I am happy to fight for as long as I live.
That leads me to my job – creative writing and cartography.

Other Publications

Four years on, I have been rebuilding my childhood fantasy world of Rengar from the ground up, taking it on a professional level. So far I have been published in several anthology shorts in both fantasy and horror genres, links down below. All of these have been published during 2015-16.
https://www.amazon.com/Taboo-Special-Richard-Farre...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H2HGEEE/ref=dp-kind...

https://www.amazon.com/Corpse-Candle-other-nightma...

https://www.createspace.com/6635427


Current Plans

Rengar is for life, and I'd like writing to be my career. This is where my fans come in. It doesn't need to be much, and so my ambitions with this are fairly limited for the time being. With enough support I will be able to be self-sufficiently pursue all the writing goals, as well as continue into the path of publishing. While I will be actively going for traditional publishing, there are several WIP projects I would like to publish myself. This includes:



  • 1. Upcoming Novels, novellas and short stories who will be all part of my fantasy world.
  • 2. Multiple mapbooks, again including lore of the fantasy world.
  • 3. A brand new, standalone novel called The Skeleton Eye.
  • 4. Three anthologies set in my world, each one with ten novelettes and lore about each continent.


Why Patreon?

Now, the part where I don't like. I cannot do this alone.
Why am I on Patreon? A very simple reality. The fact is that most writers can't make a living on it.
I want to write about faraway worlds and other times, interesting characters and the human experience. I have a vast, well crafted (I think!) world that I want to share with the world and my readers. And it is for life. I will keep doing this until I die. I’ve seen it before, and survived the darkest period in my life. I never wish to go back to that again. And if creators and artists from all backgrounds can use Patreon, why can’t I?
Every little bit helps and I will be grateful to each and every one of you who would do me the honor of pledging even a single dollar to my goals. I have multiple planned rewards on the right-hand side. I'll even be adding new ones as time goes by!

Alternatively, if you cannot pledge for any reason (Perfectly understandable, I'll still love you all!) please consider a small donation to my Paypal through this link: paypal.me/anduril38 Donations can help me with day to day things too.

Thank you so much in advance! Below is a series of links, just so you can check me out!

My blog, where I discuss my life, writing projects, video game articles and promote fellow authors: https://thousandscarsblog.wordpress.com/page/2/

My author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thousandscar/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Thethousandscar

My cartography page: Fantasy World Emporium - Cartography Page!
My Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16033582.Michael_R_Baker

What you will get:

Mostly, it will be WIP, writing examples and lore of my world. Some will be exclusive short stories, some will be maps of the world in progress. Some tiers will be first look into the Counterbalance series (Books 2 and 3 in particular).
All patrons in the 3$ tier and above are invited to join my Drive Lore Codex, which is where I am updating and editing all the lore of my fantasy world. There is a LOT of content planned, so far I have 60,000 words of lore in processing. Every faction, character, battle and race will be covered, as well as the history of the gods and the countries.

Higher tiers are entered into contests to win Counterbalance swag and goodies, as well as signed prints of my maps!
I will be adding to this content as time, health and financial circumstances allow. For the physical rewards, bare in mind due to health things will be sporadic.
Most of my content is free to the public, so please take a look around. If you wish to donate or pledge, I would be most grateful, and you will be rewarded with exclusive content not available to others. Every dollar goes into keeping me able to continue this.
Tiers
Early Days....
$1 or more per month 3 of 10 patrons
This is just a little thing saying thank you to all those who support me! 


Sometimes, you will get little treats from me! 


Rengar: Every little helps!
$3 or more per month 1 patron
One of my first maps...a long time ago. I've gotten better now!


You guys are incredible! 


All patrons from this tier and up will be given access to my content feed, where I'll post tips on writing, small snippets of my work and weekly round-ups. 


You will also receive access to my Google Drive link, which will contain lore of the Counterbalance universe. This will contain general lore and the history of the world, as well as character profiles of the Counterbalance series.

The Beginning of the world: Counterbalance
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
This is for those wonderful people who want to add a little more support. 


To thank you, the more intimate lore of Rengar is open to you. Teeming with life, factions and continents, the Counterbalance universe has a vast history. Learn about them from this tier onward! Faction documents, the many political and magic system and races will be available to you via Google Drive link.


(Some of these will be released free initially to gather interest, then will be locked!)


You will also gain access to my flash fiction shorts, a new experience for me so it will be a pleasant journey. They'll usually be in fantasy, sci-fi or horror genre, just a little gift! You can expect these every few weeks or so as I build new content. 

Horse's Drinking Buddy
$7 or more per month 1 patron
A word of advice, Horse can outdrink everyone.


All those in this tier will get the Google Drive link to the Battles and Wars of the universe, as well as gaining access to my short stories. The start of my short story Codexes will begin from here. Get to explore the worlds i have been building! 


I will also be attempting drawing again (Warning: I am terrible at it!) Feel free to message me with suggestions, and I will upload them here!



To further promote my cartography services, all those who join this tier will be eligible to a 15% discount on one commission from me! 

One More Time - Character Creation
$10 or more per month 2 patrons


You will get a character of your likeness and set to be the main character of a short story! It will be delivered to you either privately, or publicly onto my Patreon or blog, it is your choice, as well as all previous rewards.


By doing this, you can create a character (that is in canon with the world. No sci-fi planes and stuff in this fantasy!) This will be done in private chat with me, whether messaging, Skype or Facebook, whatever will be suitable to you.


 

You will also gain the Google Drive access to my exclusive mini-series Trust in Me will also be posted for patrons in this tier upwards only, which explores the life of the vicious, cut-throat spellsword Montarc as he travels through Uldur. 




The Thousand Scars
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Congratulations, you have joined the ranks of the most fierce mercenary army in recent memory: The Thousand Scars! 


Obviously, all previous tidbits. However, you will also receive one signed print of one of my Rengar maps! From a selection of Rengar, you pick one and I will print it out, sign it and ship it to you with a little personalised note thanking you for your support! (Estimated time: Q2-4 2017, health depending. This will come in time as I need to source the printing services). 


(Note: To cover costs of this, the patron will be eligible for shipping costs. However, production costs will come from your beautiful pledges. To be eligible for this reward and to avoid abuse, pledges of this level and higher must maintain the cycle for at least three payments, consecutive or non-consecutive, otherwise they will be void. 


Of course, I hope you wonderful guys will never withdraw, but I do understand if you cannot!) 


You will also get access to be the beginning of my own interactive video series, in which I'll recreate historical battles from my world with my narration. More on this to come!  

Army of Pharos: Saviours of Harloph
$25 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You are heros and survivors. Hinari, great leader of the Pharos Order, has permitted me to grant you these rewards. Oh I have a treat for you! 


Send me anything (you'll cover shipping costs) and I'll sign it, plus all previous rewards. This is a one-time thing, but it will be cool! 

Going on the reward previous, you will receive one signed map, as well as an ADDITIONAL map of your choice. 


In addition to the character creation of the 10$ tier, you will also get a short story written about your character once per quarter (2,000-3,000 words) I love world-building more then anything, and your character will get important roles. Rengar is virtually endless, and since my writing commissions are 10 cents/word, this is an excellent piece of kit! They will be exclusive to you too, only for your enjoyment! 


All previous conditions apply for this too <3 


Want to hang out? Now you can! In fighting my anxiety, I want to expand into Twitch streaming. Love video games? You can watch along with me during my journey! If not, we can just chat on any platform! This will be dependent on my health, but will try and make it as frequent as I can. 

Nectar of the Gods: The Octane
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Wow. This is extraordinary! You have elevated to deity level of awesomeness. 


All previous rewards, plus a bonus. One of which will be perhaps my finest project: A full, interactive multi-piece map of Rengar. This is only just in the beginning stages, so this may take some time to come into fruition. It will take many months to put this together. More on this as it develops. 


You are also welcome to join my hangouts whenever we are both free, where we can talk about anything. Even secrets about Rengar which nobody but I know! The world is vast, much of it I am still exploring. 


I will also send you Octane Boxes of goodies every so often, depending upon finances and health. They will be relatively random, but I will try and make them exciting for you. 



Down the line I will likely add more content if this grows, as will the rewards! 

Goals
$42 of $80 per month
I have very slim goals initially. With this small amount, most of my travel costs will be covered, allowing me to visit my girlfriend, pay for my Metro fare and reducing some of my burdens. 
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Welcome to my Patreon!

My name is Michael Baker, and my publishing name is Michael R. Baker. Creative, I know!
I'm a guy from the North-East of England, and I am a fantasy author. After several years of journeying through the thickest jungle of guesswork, many coffees and a lot of swearing, it finally happened.

In December 2017, my beginning into publishing and the writing world was made a reality, when the first of my Counterbalance series launched – The Thousand Scars. You can get the book here:
The Thousand Scars (Counterbalance) (Volume 1)


by Michael R. Baker (Nordland Publishing, December 7, 2017)
Amazon com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/8283310291/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/8283310291/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thousand-scars-michael-r-baker/1127605952

It is only the beginning, though.

Introduction
Writing has been my life for most of it, with most of my genre in the fantasy and horror department, though I'd love to dabble in Sci-Fi too. Firstly, I'll tell you a story of why I decided to do what I do.

That takes me back to 2012 during a difficult time period in my life. I had just been diagnosed with depression, and times were hard. I turned to reading fantasy and decided "I can do this surely? Even me?" It has been a hard journey, at times crippling with the resurgence of problems with my mental health, as well as learning how to live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is still a struggle, but with the help of my incredible family, friends and my stunning girlfriend Vicky, it is a journey I am happy to fight for as long as I live.
That leads me to my job – creative writing and cartography.

Other Publications

Four years on, I have been rebuilding my childhood fantasy world of Rengar from the ground up, taking it on a professional level. So far I have been published in several anthology shorts in both fantasy and horror genres, links down below. All of these have been published during 2015-16.
https://www.amazon.com/Taboo-Special-Richard-Farre...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H2HGEEE/ref=dp-kind...

https://www.amazon.com/Corpse-Candle-other-nightma...

https://www.createspace.com/6635427


Current Plans

Rengar is for life, and I'd like writing to be my career. This is where my fans come in. It doesn't need to be much, and so my ambitions with this are fairly limited for the time being. With enough support I will be able to be self-sufficiently pursue all the writing goals, as well as continue into the path of publishing. While I will be actively going for traditional publishing, there are several WIP projects I would like to publish myself. This includes:



  • 1. Upcoming Novels, novellas and short stories who will be all part of my fantasy world.
  • 2. Multiple mapbooks, again including lore of the fantasy world.
  • 3. A brand new, standalone novel called The Skeleton Eye.
  • 4. Three anthologies set in my world, each one with ten novelettes and lore about each continent.


Why Patreon?

Now, the part where I don't like. I cannot do this alone.
Why am I on Patreon? A very simple reality. The fact is that most writers can't make a living on it.
I want to write about faraway worlds and other times, interesting characters and the human experience. I have a vast, well crafted (I think!) world that I want to share with the world and my readers. And it is for life. I will keep doing this until I die. I’ve seen it before, and survived the darkest period in my life. I never wish to go back to that again. And if creators and artists from all backgrounds can use Patreon, why can’t I?
Every little bit helps and I will be grateful to each and every one of you who would do me the honor of pledging even a single dollar to my goals. I have multiple planned rewards on the right-hand side. I'll even be adding new ones as time goes by!

Alternatively, if you cannot pledge for any reason (Perfectly understandable, I'll still love you all!) please consider a small donation to my Paypal through this link: paypal.me/anduril38 Donations can help me with day to day things too.

Thank you so much in advance! Below is a series of links, just so you can check me out!

My blog, where I discuss my life, writing projects, video game articles and promote fellow authors: https://thousandscarsblog.wordpress.com/page/2/

My author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thousandscar/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Thethousandscar

My cartography page: Fantasy World Emporium - Cartography Page!
My Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16033582.Michael_R_Baker

What you will get:

Mostly, it will be WIP, writing examples and lore of my world. Some will be exclusive short stories, some will be maps of the world in progress. Some tiers will be first look into the Counterbalance series (Books 2 and 3 in particular).
All patrons in the 3$ tier and above are invited to join my Drive Lore Codex, which is where I am updating and editing all the lore of my fantasy world. There is a LOT of content planned, so far I have 60,000 words of lore in processing. Every faction, character, battle and race will be covered, as well as the history of the gods and the countries.

Higher tiers are entered into contests to win Counterbalance swag and goodies, as well as signed prints of my maps!
I will be adding to this content as time, health and financial circumstances allow. For the physical rewards, bare in mind due to health things will be sporadic.
Most of my content is free to the public, so please take a look around. If you wish to donate or pledge, I would be most grateful, and you will be rewarded with exclusive content not available to others. Every dollar goes into keeping me able to continue this.

Recent posts by Michael Baker - Author of Counterbalance Series

Tiers
Early Days....
$1 or more per month 3 of 10 patrons
This is just a little thing saying thank you to all those who support me! 


Sometimes, you will get little treats from me! 


Rengar: Every little helps!
$3 or more per month 1 patron
One of my first maps...a long time ago. I've gotten better now!


You guys are incredible! 


All patrons from this tier and up will be given access to my content feed, where I'll post tips on writing, small snippets of my work and weekly round-ups. 


You will also receive access to my Google Drive link, which will contain lore of the Counterbalance universe. This will contain general lore and the history of the world, as well as character profiles of the Counterbalance series.

The Beginning of the world: Counterbalance
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
This is for those wonderful people who want to add a little more support. 


To thank you, the more intimate lore of Rengar is open to you. Teeming with life, factions and continents, the Counterbalance universe has a vast history. Learn about them from this tier onward! Faction documents, the many political and magic system and races will be available to you via Google Drive link.


(Some of these will be released free initially to gather interest, then will be locked!)


You will also gain access to my flash fiction shorts, a new experience for me so it will be a pleasant journey. They'll usually be in fantasy, sci-fi or horror genre, just a little gift! You can expect these every few weeks or so as I build new content. 

Horse's Drinking Buddy
$7 or more per month 1 patron
A word of advice, Horse can outdrink everyone.


All those in this tier will get the Google Drive link to the Battles and Wars of the universe, as well as gaining access to my short stories. The start of my short story Codexes will begin from here. Get to explore the worlds i have been building! 


I will also be attempting drawing again (Warning: I am terrible at it!) Feel free to message me with suggestions, and I will upload them here!



To further promote my cartography services, all those who join this tier will be eligible to a 15% discount on one commission from me! 

One More Time - Character Creation
$10 or more per month 2 patrons


You will get a character of your likeness and set to be the main character of a short story! It will be delivered to you either privately, or publicly onto my Patreon or blog, it is your choice, as well as all previous rewards.


By doing this, you can create a character (that is in canon with the world. No sci-fi planes and stuff in this fantasy!) This will be done in private chat with me, whether messaging, Skype or Facebook, whatever will be suitable to you.


 

You will also gain the Google Drive access to my exclusive mini-series Trust in Me will also be posted for patrons in this tier upwards only, which explores the life of the vicious, cut-throat spellsword Montarc as he travels through Uldur. 




The Thousand Scars
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Congratulations, you have joined the ranks of the most fierce mercenary army in recent memory: The Thousand Scars! 


Obviously, all previous tidbits. However, you will also receive one signed print of one of my Rengar maps! From a selection of Rengar, you pick one and I will print it out, sign it and ship it to you with a little personalised note thanking you for your support! (Estimated time: Q2-4 2017, health depending. This will come in time as I need to source the printing services). 


(Note: To cover costs of this, the patron will be eligible for shipping costs. However, production costs will come from your beautiful pledges. To be eligible for this reward and to avoid abuse, pledges of this level and higher must maintain the cycle for at least three payments, consecutive or non-consecutive, otherwise they will be void. 


Of course, I hope you wonderful guys will never withdraw, but I do understand if you cannot!) 


You will also get access to be the beginning of my own interactive video series, in which I'll recreate historical battles from my world with my narration. More on this to come!  

Army of Pharos: Saviours of Harloph
$25 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You are heros and survivors. Hinari, great leader of the Pharos Order, has permitted me to grant you these rewards. Oh I have a treat for you! 


Send me anything (you'll cover shipping costs) and I'll sign it, plus all previous rewards. This is a one-time thing, but it will be cool! 

Going on the reward previous, you will receive one signed map, as well as an ADDITIONAL map of your choice. 


In addition to the character creation of the 10$ tier, you will also get a short story written about your character once per quarter (2,000-3,000 words) I love world-building more then anything, and your character will get important roles. Rengar is virtually endless, and since my writing commissions are 10 cents/word, this is an excellent piece of kit! They will be exclusive to you too, only for your enjoyment! 


All previous conditions apply for this too <3 


Want to hang out? Now you can! In fighting my anxiety, I want to expand into Twitch streaming. Love video games? You can watch along with me during my journey! If not, we can just chat on any platform! This will be dependent on my health, but will try and make it as frequent as I can. 

Nectar of the Gods: The Octane
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Wow. This is extraordinary! You have elevated to deity level of awesomeness. 


All previous rewards, plus a bonus. One of which will be perhaps my finest project: A full, interactive multi-piece map of Rengar. This is only just in the beginning stages, so this may take some time to come into fruition. It will take many months to put this together. More on this as it develops. 


You are also welcome to join my hangouts whenever we are both free, where we can talk about anything. Even secrets about Rengar which nobody but I know! The world is vast, much of it I am still exploring. 


I will also send you Octane Boxes of goodies every so often, depending upon finances and health. They will be relatively random, but I will try and make them exciting for you. 



Down the line I will likely add more content if this grows, as will the rewards!