C. Jane Reid

C. Jane Reid

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I am C. Jane Reid and welcome to my Patreon page.

I suppose this is where I go into my background as a writer, but I’ll skip that and add my author bio at the end. Instead, I’ll share my writing philosophy with you.

They say writing is a lonely career. I say it doesn’t have to be.

When I’m writing, I’m not alone. I have a whole cast of characters keeping me company, and they can be very chatty (sometimes too chatty), but then I take a break from writing and it's far too quiet.

So I created My Steps to Avoided Having a Lonely Writing Career. The title needs some work.  

Step One: Write at Coffee Shops 
There are people. And there is coffee. And hot cocoa. And tea. And pastries. And noise, but I can tune out the noise and concentrate. Then, between writing sprints, I meet new people and have interesting conversations (I also eavesdrop--shhh). I know the baristas and have interesting conversations with them, too. I also write more because dirty dishes and laundry aren't nagging at me like they do at home. 

Step Two: Find Other Writers
Funny thing about writing in coffee shops. Other writers do, too. Now we do so together, congregate in coffee shops, in libraries, and in homes. We talk plot and characters and the business (it can be a complicated business). We share our triumphs, book releases, and woes. Like in any career, we support one another in ways that only another publishing author can.

Step Three: Mentor Young Writers
With the help of eager young writers, I created a writers society after school at both the local middle school and high school, something I wish I'd had when I was in school. I guide the students through the writing process, show them how the business works, share my own struggles and successes and listen to theirs, but mostly, we write. And these kids can write! I’m constantly amazed by their stories and characters (especially when they are evil badgers).

Step Four: You
My next goal is to build a community of readers. Specifically my readers. I want to learn what you are looking for as a reader, hear your thoughts on the stories and the craft, and form a book club of sorts, one where I’m interacting with you about the stories. You already help by buying books, sharing the books with friends, and leaving reviews, but you can also help by going old school and becoming a patron to a writer. Specifically me as the writer. 

Why Patreon? (or The Curious Question of Seeking Patrons)
Book covers are expensive, and so is editing, proofing, marketing, and printing, and all of them need to happen to sell books, but selling books is what generates the funds to make them happen. This circular system can be a problem and gets in my way of putting out more books so I have more funds to make more books. Being accountable to others doesn’t hurt either. My deadlines are mostly of my own design, and I don’t always meet them. Having monthly patrons who are not only looking forward to the next story but actively supporting its creation means that I can’t let those deadlines slide by because I have to answer to you, my patrons.

I hope you'll join this new community. I’ve designed levels of perks to entice you, and I think they'll be as exciting to you as they are to me. And I’m looking forward to our chats here. The chatty characters will probably show up, too. I swear, some of them just won’t shut up (I’m looking at you, Carolina).
~*~
C. Jane lives in the Pacific Northwest where she loves the rain because it makes being a writer even easier with few bright, sunny days to draw her out of the house. She credits her upbringing in Indiana and her early adulthood in the West Texas Panhandle for her fascination with family history. Much like her characters, her own extended family live within a few towns (or at times only a cornfield) from each other.

She spends any free time avoiding laundry and dishes by searching the web for interesting facts on things like how to make dye-pot yarn and the best candy from 1930s (Mallo Cups). She loves old maps, old books, and old handcrafts. She also keeps a genealogy of all her characters but sadly hasn’t had time to work on the one for her own family. Life is funny like that.

She has published two series, The Donaghue Histories and the Lola Rose Mysteries. She has also published a collection of her poetry, Barded in Poetry, under the pen name Cari Reid, along with The Soldier Poet, a historical novel inspired by actual events during WWI.
Tiers
The Letter's in the Mail
$2 or more per month

You are the main character's Distant Relative, but no less loved for it.


As such, you will receive 

  • Early previews of book blurbs and covers
  • Release dates
  • Access to weekly patron-only posts with my musings and random story snippets
Peek through the Curtains
$5 or more per month

You are the main character's Nosy Neighbor, but that's half the fun of small town living. 


You will receive everything listed above, plus: 

  • Kindle ebook copies of new releases 
  • Early preview of cover creations to see the process
  • Monthly outline notes on stories (but no spoilers)
Sharing Around the Dinner Table
$10 or more per month

You are the main character's  Sassy Sibling, but the teasing is all in good fun. 


For your closeness, you get everything listed above, plus:

  • Signed copies of new print releases mailed to you
  • Monthly early preview of upcoming stories
  • Kindle ebook copies of previously released stories 
Late Night Chats
$25 or more per month

You are the main character's Best Friend, and we like to overshare.


 Besties get everything listed above, plus:

  • Two signed copies of new print books upon release
  • Polls to help decide on plots and characters
  • Monthly background stories on a character
Can I Borrow the Car?
$50 or more per month

You are the main character's Doting Parent through thick and thin.


For your patience, you get everything listed above, plus:

  • Print copy of new ebook releases (a Patreon Exclusive)
  • A signed copy of the previously printed books 
  • Weekly chapters of works in progress with a chance to comment
I am C. Jane Reid and welcome to my Patreon page.

I suppose this is where I go into my background as a writer, but I’ll skip that and add my author bio at the end. Instead, I’ll share my writing philosophy with you.

They say writing is a lonely career. I say it doesn’t have to be.

When I’m writing, I’m not alone. I have a whole cast of characters keeping me company, and they can be very chatty (sometimes too chatty), but then I take a break from writing and it's far too quiet.

So I created My Steps to Avoided Having a Lonely Writing Career. The title needs some work.  

Step One: Write at Coffee Shops 
There are people. And there is coffee. And hot cocoa. And tea. And pastries. And noise, but I can tune out the noise and concentrate. Then, between writing sprints, I meet new people and have interesting conversations (I also eavesdrop--shhh). I know the baristas and have interesting conversations with them, too. I also write more because dirty dishes and laundry aren't nagging at me like they do at home. 

Step Two: Find Other Writers
Funny thing about writing in coffee shops. Other writers do, too. Now we do so together, congregate in coffee shops, in libraries, and in homes. We talk plot and characters and the business (it can be a complicated business). We share our triumphs, book releases, and woes. Like in any career, we support one another in ways that only another publishing author can.

Step Three: Mentor Young Writers
With the help of eager young writers, I created a writers society after school at both the local middle school and high school, something I wish I'd had when I was in school. I guide the students through the writing process, show them how the business works, share my own struggles and successes and listen to theirs, but mostly, we write. And these kids can write! I’m constantly amazed by their stories and characters (especially when they are evil badgers).

Step Four: You
My next goal is to build a community of readers. Specifically my readers. I want to learn what you are looking for as a reader, hear your thoughts on the stories and the craft, and form a book club of sorts, one where I’m interacting with you about the stories. You already help by buying books, sharing the books with friends, and leaving reviews, but you can also help by going old school and becoming a patron to a writer. Specifically me as the writer. 

Why Patreon? (or The Curious Question of Seeking Patrons)
Book covers are expensive, and so is editing, proofing, marketing, and printing, and all of them need to happen to sell books, but selling books is what generates the funds to make them happen. This circular system can be a problem and gets in my way of putting out more books so I have more funds to make more books. Being accountable to others doesn’t hurt either. My deadlines are mostly of my own design, and I don’t always meet them. Having monthly patrons who are not only looking forward to the next story but actively supporting its creation means that I can’t let those deadlines slide by because I have to answer to you, my patrons.

I hope you'll join this new community. I’ve designed levels of perks to entice you, and I think they'll be as exciting to you as they are to me. And I’m looking forward to our chats here. The chatty characters will probably show up, too. I swear, some of them just won’t shut up (I’m looking at you, Carolina).
~*~
C. Jane lives in the Pacific Northwest where she loves the rain because it makes being a writer even easier with few bright, sunny days to draw her out of the house. She credits her upbringing in Indiana and her early adulthood in the West Texas Panhandle for her fascination with family history. Much like her characters, her own extended family live within a few towns (or at times only a cornfield) from each other.

She spends any free time avoiding laundry and dishes by searching the web for interesting facts on things like how to make dye-pot yarn and the best candy from 1930s (Mallo Cups). She loves old maps, old books, and old handcrafts. She also keeps a genealogy of all her characters but sadly hasn’t had time to work on the one for her own family. Life is funny like that.

She has published two series, The Donaghue Histories and the Lola Rose Mysteries. She has also published a collection of her poetry, Barded in Poetry, under the pen name Cari Reid, along with The Soldier Poet, a historical novel inspired by actual events during WWI.

Recent posts by C. Jane Reid

Tiers
The Letter's in the Mail
$2 or more per month

You are the main character's Distant Relative, but no less loved for it.


As such, you will receive 

  • Early previews of book blurbs and covers
  • Release dates
  • Access to weekly patron-only posts with my musings and random story snippets
Peek through the Curtains
$5 or more per month

You are the main character's Nosy Neighbor, but that's half the fun of small town living. 


You will receive everything listed above, plus: 

  • Kindle ebook copies of new releases 
  • Early preview of cover creations to see the process
  • Monthly outline notes on stories (but no spoilers)
Sharing Around the Dinner Table
$10 or more per month

You are the main character's  Sassy Sibling, but the teasing is all in good fun. 


For your closeness, you get everything listed above, plus:

  • Signed copies of new print releases mailed to you
  • Monthly early preview of upcoming stories
  • Kindle ebook copies of previously released stories 
Late Night Chats
$25 or more per month

You are the main character's Best Friend, and we like to overshare.


 Besties get everything listed above, plus:

  • Two signed copies of new print books upon release
  • Polls to help decide on plots and characters
  • Monthly background stories on a character
Can I Borrow the Car?
$50 or more per month

You are the main character's Doting Parent through thick and thin.


For your patience, you get everything listed above, plus:

  • Print copy of new ebook releases (a Patreon Exclusive)
  • A signed copy of the previously printed books 
  • Weekly chapters of works in progress with a chance to comment