C. L. Polk is creating Fiction
35
patrons
$118
per month
Who am I?

I'm C.L. Polk, a fanfic author who wrote an original story because none of my fandoms fit the vision. It became Witchmark, a novel available from Tor.com in e-format and trade paperback on June 19, 2018, with translations to German and an audiobook forthcoming. I'm a debut author, and I am very soon going to become a full-time author, and I'm scared to death.

Why?

I'm also a survivor of mental illness - some of it trauma-related, some of it just came on the ingredients label. I qualified for full disability and after years of therapy and storebought neurotransmitters, I did something I hadn't done in nearly a decade: I started writing. 

When I first sat down to write stories, I wasn't thinking about publishing anything. Then I wrote Witchmark, and my earlier training as a newbie writer and friendly pressure from my peers encouraged me to query around for an agent and a traditional publishing deal. Fifty agents, I told myself, and then I would stop. 

I was on query number forty-three when I received an offer. Not long after that, I was signing a contract for Witchmark. I was happy, but I also knew that first books don't earn a lot of money, that I was in it for the fun and the challenge and a few hundred dollars for yarn.

I'm Suspecting a Plot Twist.

And then the subsidiary rights offers came. Reader, I never expected them. They were a joyful surprise, and I am very, very lucky, but it does mean that I don't qualify for my disability pension any more. I have to become a full-time writer for real, and that includes the part where you wait months to sign contracts, months to be paid, that whole feast and famine life of the writer. I need a more regular income source - and while I wrote a book, I'm still just as disabled as I was. 

So I'm throwing a rent party, and this is where I sing for my supper - nearly literally. I'm not much of a singer. But I write, some. I can tell you a story, and I can tell you how I tell stories, if you're interested.

If you've come this far, thank you. If you choose a patronage level, thank you. I'm happy to share my work with you, and I'm very happy you're here.
Tiers
Money in the Hat
$1 or more per month
My thanks for keeping the lights on at my place. You'll get announcements when I have publishing related news, and I'll scour your names for inspiration when I'm writing a story.
Ticket Holder
$3 or more per month
Thank you! Here is your invitation to the party. You get to read updates on the progress of my books, little fiction snippets that I like that day, and exclusive blog style posts. 
The Living Room Gathering
$5 or more per month
Everything Ticket Holders get, plus behind the scenes content from Witchmark and future stories - background or deleted scenes, commentary on pivotal scenes and chapters, side stories and character backstory.

Short stories are rare for me, but if I write one, this is the tier that will get the first peek.
Goals
$118 of $250 per month
The Red Plonk Society - Enough to spare for a Book 

This is two week's groceries, a bottle of wine with a screw-top, and a book that's on the shelves right now. I'll poll for it, I'll read it, and then I'll tell you about it.

It was once a tradition to bring deliberately bad wine when we were invited to a friend's house. The Red Plonk Society was born of this tradition, and while we don't observe the tradition any more, my taste for wine is cheap and cheerful. Expect amateur impressions of whatever I can find for $9.99.
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Who am I?

I'm C.L. Polk, a fanfic author who wrote an original story because none of my fandoms fit the vision. It became Witchmark, a novel available from Tor.com in e-format and trade paperback on June 19, 2018, with translations to German and an audiobook forthcoming. I'm a debut author, and I am very soon going to become a full-time author, and I'm scared to death.

Why?

I'm also a survivor of mental illness - some of it trauma-related, some of it just came on the ingredients label. I qualified for full disability and after years of therapy and storebought neurotransmitters, I did something I hadn't done in nearly a decade: I started writing. 

When I first sat down to write stories, I wasn't thinking about publishing anything. Then I wrote Witchmark, and my earlier training as a newbie writer and friendly pressure from my peers encouraged me to query around for an agent and a traditional publishing deal. Fifty agents, I told myself, and then I would stop. 

I was on query number forty-three when I received an offer. Not long after that, I was signing a contract for Witchmark. I was happy, but I also knew that first books don't earn a lot of money, that I was in it for the fun and the challenge and a few hundred dollars for yarn.

I'm Suspecting a Plot Twist.

And then the subsidiary rights offers came. Reader, I never expected them. They were a joyful surprise, and I am very, very lucky, but it does mean that I don't qualify for my disability pension any more. I have to become a full-time writer for real, and that includes the part where you wait months to sign contracts, months to be paid, that whole feast and famine life of the writer. I need a more regular income source - and while I wrote a book, I'm still just as disabled as I was. 

So I'm throwing a rent party, and this is where I sing for my supper - nearly literally. I'm not much of a singer. But I write, some. I can tell you a story, and I can tell you how I tell stories, if you're interested.

If you've come this far, thank you. If you choose a patronage level, thank you. I'm happy to share my work with you, and I'm very happy you're here.

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Tiers
Money in the Hat
$1 or more per month
My thanks for keeping the lights on at my place. You'll get announcements when I have publishing related news, and I'll scour your names for inspiration when I'm writing a story.
Ticket Holder
$3 or more per month
Thank you! Here is your invitation to the party. You get to read updates on the progress of my books, little fiction snippets that I like that day, and exclusive blog style posts. 
The Living Room Gathering
$5 or more per month
Everything Ticket Holders get, plus behind the scenes content from Witchmark and future stories - background or deleted scenes, commentary on pivotal scenes and chapters, side stories and character backstory.

Short stories are rare for me, but if I write one, this is the tier that will get the first peek.