Circlet Press is creating Erotic Science Fiction/Fantasy Books
66

patrons

$262
per month
Hi! We are Circlet Press, publishers of erotic science fiction and fantasy. We've been around since 1992 when our founder, Cecilia Tan, self-published a teensy chapbook entitled Telepaths Don't Need Safewords. At the time no other publisher in the English language would touch any combination of erotica with fantasy or science fiction, and especially not BDSM, bisexuality, or any of the other "alternative sexuality" themes represented in the book. 

Telepaths Don't Need Safewords was a bona fide underground self-published hit, with over 5,000 copies in print, and the story was later reprinted in other volumes including Best SM Short Stories, Black Feathers, and others. Since that time Circlet Press has published over 200 novels, anthologies, and collections of short stories covering nearly every sf/f genre and nearly every human sexual variation we can legally depict. We seek out representations of sexuality, gender, attractions, and relationships outside of the "mainstream norms" and we are committed to expanding diversity in other realms as well. We were the first pro sale for many award-winning and amazing writers, including Mary Anne Mohanraj, TammyJo Eckhart, and Raven Kaldera, and editors at Strange Horizons, Betwixt, and Horticulture magazines got their starts in publishing through our intern program. Circlet Press is an incubator for sex-positive science fiction and fantasy even for those who go on to non-erotic creative work. 

And we want to continue to incubate and instigate great erotic imaginations. 

Over the years we have seen the book industry change drastically. Our staple customers were once indie booksellers including LGBT stores, erotica speciality shops, and underground lit stores. For a while our books were shelved prominently in chains like Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Tower Books. In 2007-2008 we were on the vanguard of bestsellers in the newly launched Kindle Store. But now as the Kindle marketplace has grown crowded and Amazon has pushed readers to "Kindle Unlimited" ("Netflix-style" model), sales have tanked and revenue has been cut to the bone once again. 

So it's time for a new model to reach readers and dedicated customers. We pioneered crowdfunding *before* Kickstarter existed when we crowdfunded a "best of Circlet" anthology in 2008. We did it with our "Circlet 100" campaign, asking for one hundred donors to raise the money to print and produce an anthology and give the writers a decent rate of pay. Now it's time for something more sustainable, though, something that can keep our freelance staff working all year round. 

That's where this Patreon campaign comes in. Your monthly support will allow us to do many things. You can support for as little as $1 per month! And look at the fantastic benefits you can receive! Think of it like joining the coolest book club ever. We publish a steady stream of high quality erotica and by becoming a Patreon supporter you'll be the first to receive what we publish, as follows: 

$1 PER MONTH
Give $1 per month and your perks will include:
  • You're a supporter of diverse, intelligent erotica!
  • Your immediate choice of any 1 backlist ebook as a thank you!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online

$2 PER MONTH
Give $2 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 4 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of each erotica anthology we release (5 to 10 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks 
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics

$5 PER MONTH
Give $5 per month and your perks will include: 
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of EVERY book we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • 15% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press flashlight pen
$10 PER MONTH
Give $10 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of one printed paperback per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag
$25 PER MONTH
Give $25 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 10 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • After 6 months, complete access to the entire Circlet digital backlist! Your personal erotica library!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release while you're a supporter including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of two printed paperbacks per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Suggest and vote on new upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag

This is a new venture for us so we'll be testing out these levels and getting feedback from those who are early adopters about how the system works and how much you like your perks. 

Our ultimate goal is to raise a steady enough cash flow that the staff can work consistent hours and we can raise pay rates to the authors. Right now each author of a short story tends to get $25 to $50 per story. If we could get $1,000 a month coming in through Patreon we could make the minimum $50 instead of $25. If we could get $2,000 a month, it could go up to $75. (And our output would go up, as well.) 

So please join us in this new way of publishing the very best in erotic science fiction and fantasy, this new way of bringing you the content and sending money back to the creative people who make it happen.

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
10 patrons
Give $1 per month and your perks will include:
  • You're a supporter of diverse, intelligent erotica!
  • Your immediate choice of any 1 backlist ebook as a thank you!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
Pledge $2 or more per month
23 patrons
Give $2 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 4 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of each erotica anthology we release (5 to 10 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
Pledge $5 or more per month
26 patrons
Give $5 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of EVERY book we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • 15% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press flashlight pen
Pledge $10 or more per month
8 of 50 patrons
$10 PER MONTH
Give $10 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of one printed paperback per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag
Pledge $25 or more per month
2 of 20 patrons
Give $25 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 10 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • After 6 months, complete access to the entire Circlet digital backlist! Your personal erotica library!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release while you're a supporter including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of two printed paperbacks per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Suggest and vote on new upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag
Goals
$262 of $1,000 per month
If we reach the $1,000 a month threshold, the minimum payment for a short story in one of our anthologies will jump from $25 to $50. 
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Hi! We are Circlet Press, publishers of erotic science fiction and fantasy. We've been around since 1992 when our founder, Cecilia Tan, self-published a teensy chapbook entitled Telepaths Don't Need Safewords. At the time no other publisher in the English language would touch any combination of erotica with fantasy or science fiction, and especially not BDSM, bisexuality, or any of the other "alternative sexuality" themes represented in the book. 

Telepaths Don't Need Safewords was a bona fide underground self-published hit, with over 5,000 copies in print, and the story was later reprinted in other volumes including Best SM Short Stories, Black Feathers, and others. Since that time Circlet Press has published over 200 novels, anthologies, and collections of short stories covering nearly every sf/f genre and nearly every human sexual variation we can legally depict. We seek out representations of sexuality, gender, attractions, and relationships outside of the "mainstream norms" and we are committed to expanding diversity in other realms as well. We were the first pro sale for many award-winning and amazing writers, including Mary Anne Mohanraj, TammyJo Eckhart, and Raven Kaldera, and editors at Strange Horizons, Betwixt, and Horticulture magazines got their starts in publishing through our intern program. Circlet Press is an incubator for sex-positive science fiction and fantasy even for those who go on to non-erotic creative work. 

And we want to continue to incubate and instigate great erotic imaginations. 

Over the years we have seen the book industry change drastically. Our staple customers were once indie booksellers including LGBT stores, erotica speciality shops, and underground lit stores. For a while our books were shelved prominently in chains like Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Tower Books. In 2007-2008 we were on the vanguard of bestsellers in the newly launched Kindle Store. But now as the Kindle marketplace has grown crowded and Amazon has pushed readers to "Kindle Unlimited" ("Netflix-style" model), sales have tanked and revenue has been cut to the bone once again. 

So it's time for a new model to reach readers and dedicated customers. We pioneered crowdfunding *before* Kickstarter existed when we crowdfunded a "best of Circlet" anthology in 2008. We did it with our "Circlet 100" campaign, asking for one hundred donors to raise the money to print and produce an anthology and give the writers a decent rate of pay. Now it's time for something more sustainable, though, something that can keep our freelance staff working all year round. 

That's where this Patreon campaign comes in. Your monthly support will allow us to do many things. You can support for as little as $1 per month! And look at the fantastic benefits you can receive! Think of it like joining the coolest book club ever. We publish a steady stream of high quality erotica and by becoming a Patreon supporter you'll be the first to receive what we publish, as follows: 

$1 PER MONTH
Give $1 per month and your perks will include:
  • You're a supporter of diverse, intelligent erotica!
  • Your immediate choice of any 1 backlist ebook as a thank you!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online

$2 PER MONTH
Give $2 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 4 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of each erotica anthology we release (5 to 10 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks 
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics

$5 PER MONTH
Give $5 per month and your perks will include: 
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of EVERY book we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • 15% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press flashlight pen
$10 PER MONTH
Give $10 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of one printed paperback per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag
$25 PER MONTH
Give $25 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 10 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • After 6 months, complete access to the entire Circlet digital backlist! Your personal erotica library!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release while you're a supporter including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of two printed paperbacks per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Suggest and vote on new upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag

This is a new venture for us so we'll be testing out these levels and getting feedback from those who are early adopters about how the system works and how much you like your perks. 

Our ultimate goal is to raise a steady enough cash flow that the staff can work consistent hours and we can raise pay rates to the authors. Right now each author of a short story tends to get $25 to $50 per story. If we could get $1,000 a month coming in through Patreon we could make the minimum $50 instead of $25. If we could get $2,000 a month, it could go up to $75. (And our output would go up, as well.) 

So please join us in this new way of publishing the very best in erotic science fiction and fantasy, this new way of bringing you the content and sending money back to the creative people who make it happen.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
10 patrons
Give $1 per month and your perks will include:
  • You're a supporter of diverse, intelligent erotica!
  • Your immediate choice of any 1 backlist ebook as a thank you!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
Pledge $2 or more per month
23 patrons
Give $2 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 4 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of each erotica anthology we release (5 to 10 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)!
  • 10% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
Pledge $5 or more per month
26 patrons
Give $5 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free ebooks of EVERY book we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • 15% off on purchases of Circlet Press paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press flashlight pen
Pledge $10 or more per month
8 of 50 patrons
$10 PER MONTH
Give $10 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 8 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of one printed paperback per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Vote on upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag
Pledge $25 or more per month
2 of 20 patrons
Give $25 per month and your perks will include:
  • Your choice of any 10 backlist ebooks as your immediate patron thank you!
  • After 6 months, complete access to the entire Circlet digital backlist! Your personal erotica library!
  • Free copies of EVERY ebook we release while you're a supporter including novels and anthologies (10-20 per year, valued at $2.99 to $9.99 each)
  • Your choice of two printed paperbacks per year of membership including free shipping (valued at $9.95 to $19.95 each plus shippping)
  • 20% off on purchases of paperbacks
  • Invites to Circlet Patreon events and patron-only discussions online
  • Suggest and vote on new upcoming anthology topics
  • A Circlet Press book tote bag