D. J. Swales, Author and Poet

is creating a magical readership world inspired by people, nature, & history

Select a membership level

Emissaries of Emeshmoon

reward item
reward item
$1
per month
Thank you for being here, supporting me, and making my writing possible. You'll get access to debut poems, short stories, pictures, early notice of discounts, and an evolving variety of things related to my artistic production.

Artwork by Irish glassmaker and artist Harry Clarke. These images were created for an illustrated edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (first published by George G. Harrap, London, in 1919).
  • General Support
  • Ad-free content
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)

Fitzmarbury Coven

reward item
reward item
$3
per month
You rock! You're helping me bring my work to life.  You'll get access to debut poems, short stories, pictures, early notice of discounts, and an evolving number of things related to my artistic production. Also the complete post archive.
Artwork by Irish glassmaker and artist Harry Clarke. These images were created for an illustrated edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (first published by George G. Harrap, London, in 1919).
  • General Support
  • Ad-free content
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)
  • Complete post archive

Ulgarth's Undead Underlings

reward item
reward item
$5
per month
Wow, thanks for truly having my back as an independent author. You'll get all the items of the lower bands and I will also read out your name on my podcast. You'll also get extra posts and yet-to-be-revealed exclusives for this level and above. I look forward to making your monthly payment worthwhile and I'm always open to new suggestions to drive that value. It's the least I can do. 

Artwork by Irish glassmaker and artist Harry Clarke. These images were created for an illustrated edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (first published by George G. Harrap, London, in 1919).
  • General Support
  • Ad-free content
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)
  • Complete post archive
  • Free Poems and Short Stories

11

patrons

$77

per month

About D. J. Swales, Author and Poet

HELLO FELLOW HUMAN!
Firstly, THANK YOU for visiting my page!
For those who clicked here from one of my ebooks you might notice my Patreon tiers are named after elements from my Fitzmarbury Witches book series.
If you bought my novels or downloaded them during my free lockdown promotions then you helped my Baratanac Trilogy (Book One of Fitzmarbury Witches) hit #1 in several Kindle Best Seller rankings – including horror suspense, occult horror, dark fantasy horror, action adventure fantasy, and women's historical fiction. Baratanac also reached #15 in thrillers which is HUGE. Thanks again. 



If you bought my Love in an ISIS Town or Midnight's Twin ebook poetry collections (or downloaded the free lockdown promotions) thank you for helping them rank as Kindle Best Sellers –  #1 in contemporary poetry, #2 in American poetry,  and #2 in poetry about specific places. 

Please continue this adventure with me! 
LINK TO MY BOOKS, PODCAST, & SOCIAL MEDIA
SIGN UP TO MY NEWSLETTER

LOOKING AHEAD

With you as a patron I can take things to the next level as an indie writer. Perhaps you are here because you believe in supporting hardworking independent creatives. Perhaps you enjoyed my books and poetry and want to help me bring new projects to fruition. These upcoming novels include People of Bloomsbury, a feel-good book of magical realism, and The Golem of Nagasaki – a work of supernatural horror and paranormal romance. Either way, your support is a ray of sunshine! One of the only silver linings to emerge from this harrowing pandemic era is the reminder that we are all spiritual beings and it's IMPOSSIBLE to exist only as soulless components of production. Art – whether it be paintings, literature, or movies – has helped nourish us through these harsh days. Art remains ESSENTIAL and important work, with REAL VALUE.

This Patreon is a key part of my goal to write more books, stories, poems, and record more podcasts for fans of my work. In return for awesome people like you helping me meet the advance editorial, equipment, and marketing costs, I will bring you preview and exclusive content from the best books and poems I can write. My published work will also be proof of your support. Several are already in draft stages. Please help me send them out into the world!

**VIDEO TRIGGER WARNING** There is an actual 17th century death mask in my introductory video. The death mask resides on the wall of a Worcestershire coffeeshop. Just before the Great Fire of London, William Guise was executed for assisting Oliver Cromwell against the Royalists in the Battle of Worcester (1651). The video features William's death mask as an homage to him, his unfortunate fate, and the undoubted influence he had on me writing my Fitzmarbury Witches supernatural horror and dark historical fantasy novel series and sagas. I love the idea of him being known around the world from the loneliness of his sad lookout on the wall of a small coffeeshop.

If you are unsure about how Patreon works please click here to see a useful video.


THE TRUTH OF SELF-PUBLISHING

After grafting away passionately on books, for unpaid months or years, independent content creators are increasingly expected to devalue their work to "get it out there". For authors this means underpricing, giving away, and discounting books. It also means buying an endless succession of ads from industry gatekeepers just to try and break even. As a patron you help manage this unsustainable cycle. I can be more centred in the craft of production, where the MAGIC happens.

Writing is my passion, but there is no denying that the battle for many independent authors is exhaustive. The primary job of writing is squeezed into ever diminishing hours due to the second job of marketing, and the third job – the "day job" – required to maintain any kind of financial stability. For most writers there is no choice, they HAVE to write. My soul certainly needs this craft and process. There is joy and love in creating great books for people and sending them out into the world beyond the confines of a writing desk.

HOW YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
A) COMMUNITY! Writing is so solitary. It blows my mind that crowdfunding may allow me to connect to a community that loves books and poems as much as I do. To connect with people like YOU by sharing exclusive content, previews, discounts and advance notice of promotional pricing with you.

B) OWNERSHIP! With all the effort that goes into writing books, crowdfunding can help me keep ownership of my work. Publishers now pay most new authors a fraction of the signing bonus of old, but they still own the books. With the backing of my Patrons I can own my back-catalogue rather than risk it gathering dust in a large publishing house.

C) PARTNERSHIP! I currently have to do almost everything myself related to publishing – the writing, design, publishing, podcasting, and marketing. With your help I can truly focus on my strengths and hire independent creatives to assist with things like design, marketing, and multimedia. Your support will help fund a community of such people. People like Victor, my cover designer in Brazil. I can explore developing illustrated graphic versions of my books and write screenplays of them.

D) PRODUCTION! Among the specific expenses your crowdfunding will support are: design, editing, proofing, typesetting, administrative costs, podcasting hardware and production, audiobook costs, and (as a medium-term goal) translation of my books  into Spanish, Japanese, and other languages.

E) EVOLUTION! Our Patreon community will evolve as time goes on and I remain ever open to what my patrons would like to see.

Thank you for being here, and having my back as an independent creative. 

- D. J. Swales

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY PODCAST:
D. J. Swales Gothic & Other Tales
During the covid-19 lockdowns I recorded my first audio fiction series, which has proved to be a Top 100 Apple Podcasts Audio Drama* hit in more than a dozen countries (based on Chartable Ranking 2020). Your Patreon support allows me to upgrade my entire production process and expand to true-life ghost series and studio collaborations with dynamic presenters where we discuss selected haunted places and dark histories. 


Become a patron to

32
Unlock 32 exclusive posts
Listen anywhere
Connect via private message

Recent posts by D. J. Swales, Author and Poet

How it works

Get started in 2 minutes

Choose a membership
Sign up
Add a payment method
Get benefits