Cristof Jones Harrison is creating Stories Short and Long
17

patrons

$55
per Story/Essay Release
I'm a storyteller.

This is different from being a writer. Writing is awesome - I do a lot of it, over 50,000 words a month (think The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, every month) - but there are lots of writers out there that don't know how to tell stories. As I'm sure you have experienced your very own self.

Whereas I don't really know how good a writer I am, but I can tell a story. Live, on paper, by text, 
whatever medium you can think of, I like weaving a yarn. People tell me they enjoy it when I do. They also tell me to do more of it.

Ay, as Hamlet says, there's the rub.

I have a day job. Well, two. They pay the bills, and that's a good thing, which I am grateful for and don't (well, hardly ever) take for granted. I'd like, however, to tell more stories, and to do that, I need ways to keep the day jobs from overrunning the storytelling time. This is one of them.

I have three published books, and two collections of shorts coming out this fall (2015). As the publishing industry goes through its convulsions, however, new opportunities present themselves, and one of those is the return of the patron model of creative work. Patreon is, I believe, the most innovative and forward-looking company in the patron space, and that's why I'm here. I hope it's why you're here, too.

It's not exactly a new thing. Up until the arrival of mass-market paperbacks, everyone published this way. A Tale of Two Cities was a subscription novel, paid for prior to publication (and even prior to writing) by those who wanted to have Dickens' latest novel in their hands. Composers have long worked this way; Wolfgang Mozart sat in the court of Joseph II in Vienna and wrote stuff for him, because he was getting paid to do so. It was a feather in Joseph's cap.

As I propose to be a feather in yours. No, really. As a patron, as my patron, you'll get stories no one else gets. You'll have access no one else does. You will be able to read the stories before anyone else, to discuss them, even to affect what I write and how I write it. You call the tune; I dance. After all, you're the patron.

That's going to remain true no matter how many patrons I have. I take this very seriously. I'm grateful to you for taking the time to look over my work, and I hope to see your name on my list of patrons very soon.

Let's do this.

P.S. This is explicitly spelled out when you go to become a patron, but you can

  • Pledge as little as $1 a work and
  • Cap your contributions by month
  • Therefore, you can support me with a single dollar every month if you like, no matter how prolific I am (and I'm kinda prolific, so consider that carefully). Thanks again.


    Tiers
    Pledge $1 or more per Story/Essay Release
    9 patrons
    You get to read the latest story, as it comes hot off the editor's desk, before any of the unwashed masses even know it's finished. You also get the author's undying thanks, expressed in English or Hungarian, in a personal email.
    Pledge $2 or more per Story/Essay Release
    1 patron
    You get everything the $1 folks get, but you also get your name tweeted out by Cj Lehi on his feed, thanking you for being a patron of the literary arts.
    Pledge $4 or more per Story/Essay Release
    7 patrons
    You get the $1 rewards. You get the $2 rewards. But we're not finished yet. You also get a copy of our home game and a month's supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.

    Okay, no. But you do get $1 and $2 rewards, and you get something probably even better - you get to help write the next story. You can provide a character name, an object, or a place that has to be included in the next story, and you'll be named in the credits at the end.
    Pledge $7 or more per Story/Essay Release
    5 of 14 patrons
    For Readers: although this might seem like rarified air, that's one lunch at Moochies, and I guarantee my stories will be less fattening and much longer-lasting than anything you can buy from there (although, dang, that Philly is gooooooood).

    Of course you get all the above rewards, but you also get to come (electronically or in person) to the quarterly edition of Lunch Will Be Served, a catered lunch with CJ Lehi and the editing team at Jones Ink Press, where we'll show you what we have coming up and discuss current trends in the writing game. After people get tired of zombies (as they got tired of wizards and vampires before them), what will they read next? We'll tell you. Sneak peeks at upcoming volumes, too.
    Pledge $7 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 14 patrons
    For Writers: this is less than half the cost of the reader fee for a submission to Glimmer Train. It's a bargain.

    Of course you get all the above rewards, the good feelings, the naming of a character, the tweets, the undying thanks, but now you also get a niche reward that is only available at this level: you get the unedited story, and a consultation with the author on one of yours. That's right. When a story is completed, before the editing process, you'll get to see it (likely at least two weeks before it's completed for publishing to the unwashed). Every quarter, you also get to send in a story you've written, and have Cj Lehi's commentary on it in depth. If you're a writer, you know just how valuable that can be. It's worth at least $7.50, if not $7.65. This is a steal. You could go to jail for a deal this good.
    Pledge $14 or more per Story/Essay Release
    2 of 23 patrons
    All the rewards through $4 above are yours. But there's more. You've earned your own story. That's right, after three months of this level of patronage, you get your own piece of flash fiction, any subject you name, any genre (excluding erotica. It's not that I can't write it, but I only write it for the one patron paying me more than anyone else). Yes, you want a western romance, you got it. You want supernatural comedy? Your wish is my command. You want vampires vs. catholic school girls vs. famous northern-european painters of the early Renaissance, well then Jan van Eyck and Molly Santangelo and Vlad Dracul better suit up, because it's ON.

    Hmmm. Maybe that one will be written already. But we'll think of something.
    Pledge $31 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 9 patrons
    Rewards shmewards. You're getting everything up to the $4 level, but you're going for so much more than that. After three months of this level of patronage, for the cost of two movie tickets and popcorn - two hours of greasy entertainment - you're going to be able to co-write a story. Not just collaborate on the thing, no. Not just "provide creative direction". No, ma'am. Or, you know, sir. Whichever. You'll get co-author credit on the story, and it will be included in one of the upcoming short collections being published by Jones Ink Press.
    Pledge $44 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 3 patrons
    Take all the $1-4 rewards...please. But this niche reward also comes with a perk not available at any other level. If you're a writer, and you want to know how to make the creativity pay, I'll show you how to do what I (and many others) do. Patreon, Pubslush, Kickstarter, YouTube, small-press and indie publishing, there are so many options out there for building a career in writing. You can do this. I'll show you how, in a series of consultations, one a week for as long as you're at this level.
    Pledge $87 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 6 patrons
    Wanna be in pictures? You guarantee yourself a movie cameo and credit (may be delegated) when we hit the $2512 goal. You become one of the selected every time there's a special perk when we hit a goal. More, every time a short story collection is published - EVERY time - you get one, autographed, at your door.
    Pledge $150 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 2 patrons
    Here's the thing. At this level, you're either one of my best friends, or you should be the subject of a restraining order.

    I'll risk it. You get access to the archives. You get to move out of the short story group and into the novels - of which there are several - and you get collaboration, editing, and consultation on one of the novels under development. If you are a creative, you get to work on cover designs for every short that comes out while you're at this level, and if your tastes run to the literary, you get a full edit of any work of any length from the professional team at Jones Ink Press.

    Beware. If you contribute at this level, we're going to become good friends. You need to make sure you're okay with that.
    Goals
    $55 of $66 per Story/Essay Release
    This goal earns a (mostly true) story of my trip from Debrecen to Budapest in the spring of 1989. Nonfiction, but you still won't believe it. Plus, everyone that's a patron at this level becomes one of my favorite humans, and that's going to be worth something one day.
    3 of 10
    I'm a storyteller.

    This is different from being a writer. Writing is awesome - I do a lot of it, over 50,000 words a month (think The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, every month) - but there are lots of writers out there that don't know how to tell stories. As I'm sure you have experienced your very own self.

    Whereas I don't really know how good a writer I am, but I can tell a story. Live, on paper, by text, 
    whatever medium you can think of, I like weaving a yarn. People tell me they enjoy it when I do. They also tell me to do more of it.

    Ay, as Hamlet says, there's the rub.

    I have a day job. Well, two. They pay the bills, and that's a good thing, which I am grateful for and don't (well, hardly ever) take for granted. I'd like, however, to tell more stories, and to do that, I need ways to keep the day jobs from overrunning the storytelling time. This is one of them.

    I have three published books, and two collections of shorts coming out this fall (2015). As the publishing industry goes through its convulsions, however, new opportunities present themselves, and one of those is the return of the patron model of creative work. Patreon is, I believe, the most innovative and forward-looking company in the patron space, and that's why I'm here. I hope it's why you're here, too.

    It's not exactly a new thing. Up until the arrival of mass-market paperbacks, everyone published this way. A Tale of Two Cities was a subscription novel, paid for prior to publication (and even prior to writing) by those who wanted to have Dickens' latest novel in their hands. Composers have long worked this way; Wolfgang Mozart sat in the court of Joseph II in Vienna and wrote stuff for him, because he was getting paid to do so. It was a feather in Joseph's cap.

    As I propose to be a feather in yours. No, really. As a patron, as my patron, you'll get stories no one else gets. You'll have access no one else does. You will be able to read the stories before anyone else, to discuss them, even to affect what I write and how I write it. You call the tune; I dance. After all, you're the patron.

    That's going to remain true no matter how many patrons I have. I take this very seriously. I'm grateful to you for taking the time to look over my work, and I hope to see your name on my list of patrons very soon.

    Let's do this.

    P.S. This is explicitly spelled out when you go to become a patron, but you can

  • Pledge as little as $1 a work and
  • Cap your contributions by month
  • Therefore, you can support me with a single dollar every month if you like, no matter how prolific I am (and I'm kinda prolific, so consider that carefully). Thanks again.


    Recent posts by Cristof Jones Harrison

    Tiers
    Pledge $1 or more per Story/Essay Release
    9 patrons
    You get to read the latest story, as it comes hot off the editor's desk, before any of the unwashed masses even know it's finished. You also get the author's undying thanks, expressed in English or Hungarian, in a personal email.
    Pledge $2 or more per Story/Essay Release
    1 patron
    You get everything the $1 folks get, but you also get your name tweeted out by Cj Lehi on his feed, thanking you for being a patron of the literary arts.
    Pledge $4 or more per Story/Essay Release
    7 patrons
    You get the $1 rewards. You get the $2 rewards. But we're not finished yet. You also get a copy of our home game and a month's supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat.

    Okay, no. But you do get $1 and $2 rewards, and you get something probably even better - you get to help write the next story. You can provide a character name, an object, or a place that has to be included in the next story, and you'll be named in the credits at the end.
    Pledge $7 or more per Story/Essay Release
    5 of 14 patrons
    For Readers: although this might seem like rarified air, that's one lunch at Moochies, and I guarantee my stories will be less fattening and much longer-lasting than anything you can buy from there (although, dang, that Philly is gooooooood).

    Of course you get all the above rewards, but you also get to come (electronically or in person) to the quarterly edition of Lunch Will Be Served, a catered lunch with CJ Lehi and the editing team at Jones Ink Press, where we'll show you what we have coming up and discuss current trends in the writing game. After people get tired of zombies (as they got tired of wizards and vampires before them), what will they read next? We'll tell you. Sneak peeks at upcoming volumes, too.
    Pledge $7 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 14 patrons
    For Writers: this is less than half the cost of the reader fee for a submission to Glimmer Train. It's a bargain.

    Of course you get all the above rewards, the good feelings, the naming of a character, the tweets, the undying thanks, but now you also get a niche reward that is only available at this level: you get the unedited story, and a consultation with the author on one of yours. That's right. When a story is completed, before the editing process, you'll get to see it (likely at least two weeks before it's completed for publishing to the unwashed). Every quarter, you also get to send in a story you've written, and have Cj Lehi's commentary on it in depth. If you're a writer, you know just how valuable that can be. It's worth at least $7.50, if not $7.65. This is a steal. You could go to jail for a deal this good.
    Pledge $14 or more per Story/Essay Release
    2 of 23 patrons
    All the rewards through $4 above are yours. But there's more. You've earned your own story. That's right, after three months of this level of patronage, you get your own piece of flash fiction, any subject you name, any genre (excluding erotica. It's not that I can't write it, but I only write it for the one patron paying me more than anyone else). Yes, you want a western romance, you got it. You want supernatural comedy? Your wish is my command. You want vampires vs. catholic school girls vs. famous northern-european painters of the early Renaissance, well then Jan van Eyck and Molly Santangelo and Vlad Dracul better suit up, because it's ON.

    Hmmm. Maybe that one will be written already. But we'll think of something.
    Pledge $31 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 9 patrons
    Rewards shmewards. You're getting everything up to the $4 level, but you're going for so much more than that. After three months of this level of patronage, for the cost of two movie tickets and popcorn - two hours of greasy entertainment - you're going to be able to co-write a story. Not just collaborate on the thing, no. Not just "provide creative direction". No, ma'am. Or, you know, sir. Whichever. You'll get co-author credit on the story, and it will be included in one of the upcoming short collections being published by Jones Ink Press.
    Pledge $44 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 3 patrons
    Take all the $1-4 rewards...please. But this niche reward also comes with a perk not available at any other level. If you're a writer, and you want to know how to make the creativity pay, I'll show you how to do what I (and many others) do. Patreon, Pubslush, Kickstarter, YouTube, small-press and indie publishing, there are so many options out there for building a career in writing. You can do this. I'll show you how, in a series of consultations, one a week for as long as you're at this level.
    Pledge $87 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 6 patrons
    Wanna be in pictures? You guarantee yourself a movie cameo and credit (may be delegated) when we hit the $2512 goal. You become one of the selected every time there's a special perk when we hit a goal. More, every time a short story collection is published - EVERY time - you get one, autographed, at your door.
    Pledge $150 or more per Story/Essay Release
    0 of 2 patrons
    Here's the thing. At this level, you're either one of my best friends, or you should be the subject of a restraining order.

    I'll risk it. You get access to the archives. You get to move out of the short story group and into the novels - of which there are several - and you get collaboration, editing, and consultation on one of the novels under development. If you are a creative, you get to work on cover designs for every short that comes out while you're at this level, and if your tastes run to the literary, you get a full edit of any work of any length from the professional team at Jones Ink Press.

    Beware. If you contribute at this level, we're going to become good friends. You need to make sure you're okay with that.