You should pledge if:
- You like what I'm doing and want me to keep doing it.
- You want fiction and inspirational posts each month.
- You like my stories and want to ensure there's more of them.
- You're interested in supporting new models of crowdfunding.
- You want to subscribe to the Rambo Academy and get access to new classes as they appear.
While every month features a few public posts, for patrons I post one or two stories each month or chapters on here along with other special patron-only content about story inspirations, writing process, f&sf news, recipes, the occasional giveaway, and a chance to talk about the story with me. You'll also see early drafts, doodles, photos of my cats, and more. Supporters at $2 get weekly writing tips and market news. Supporters at $5 and up have access to the Chez Rambo Discord channel, which includes #critclub, a place for swapping story and novel critiques with fellow writers and #motivation, featuring weekly writing sprints plus tips, resources, and genre gossip.
I run The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, an online writing school providing self-paced learning from instructors like myself, Ann Leckie, Rachel Swirsky, and Juliette Wade. Patrons will receive special discount coupons from time to time, as well as special deals on the live and on-demand classes. If you're a frequent client, in fact, you may find combining that with a Patreon pledge the most efficient economically. Here's a listing for the upcoming live classes.
If you're new to my work, I write both fantasy and SF. Here are some of my favorites: English Muffin, Devotion on the Side (near future SF), Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable (near future), On the Big-Fisted Circuit (near future, giant fighting robots), Love, Resurrected (fantasy, zombies), Clockwork Fairies (steampunk), Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain (slipstream, Nebula-nominated, trigger warning for sex and violence).
I've got 200+ fiction publications, and have been nominated for Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. I'm the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Most of my publications are short stories, but my second novel, Hearts of Tabat, appears this May from Wordfire Press. It's the second volume of a fantasy quartet and I'm currently outlining the third book, Exiles of Tabat, as well as working on a YA space opera. Expect plenty of snippets and teasers from work in progress; but I'll also post some early drafts of stories that are going out in submission.
I also used to edit Fantasy Magazine, and in 2014 guest-edited Lightspeed Magazine's Women Destroying Fantasy issue. If you were a fan of Fantasy Magazine under my editorship or enjoyed Women Destroy Fantasy, I'm taking advantage of the Patreon milestone as well to set a challenge for all the people who keep telling me they want to see me at the helm of a magazine again. Help me hit the $2500 mark and I'll be able to afford to start buying fiction from other people and putting together a publication known for excellence, experimentation, and diversity. If you're one of the people who come up to me at conventions and wistfully express how much they loved my rejection slips, well then... it's within your power to make it happen by donating and/or spreading the word.
This campaign arose as an experiment to use up the backlog of short stories I'd accumulated and see what works better: traditional publishing or this model. Stories include urban fantasy, sword and sorcery, near and far SF, secondary-world fantasy, the occasional piece of lit fic, and who knows what else. Since starting this mid 2014, I've been reasonably satisfied with the results, particularly given that I write a lot of short stories.