DeAnna Knippling is creating Words
5

patrons

$11
per Ebook
The Girl Scouts get it right:  it's not about the cookies.  It's about helping girls.  But the cookies?  Still pretty epic.

---

When we talk about patronage, what we're talking about isn't producers selling products to consumers.  That's selling.  Patronage is about something else.

Making the world a (slightly) different place.

When you support someone on Patreon, you're making it easier for that person to go out and make their art, in whatever format they make it.  By supporting creative types, you're making the world a place where it's slightly easier to make a living being creative.  

Not massively easier.  You're not handing someone a million bucks and setting up a trust so they can live off the income for the rest of their lives.  There's still competition and craft involved:  still a motivation to keep getting better.

But also a motivation to keep going.  Even if you don't pick me to support, it's fabulous that you're even considering supporting the arts.  Thank you :)

If you do pick me, it's because a) you want to support me personally and/or b) you want to see more of what I write running around in the world.  Either is good by me.

---

So what do I write? 

I write science fiction, fantasy, and horror for kids (8-12) and adults.  I miiiight have a foodie mystery and a couple of romances in my back pocket, too.  I have recently been published in Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Penumbra, Crossed Genres, Black Static, and more.  I received honorable mentions in Best Horror of the Year, Vols. 3 & 6.  I am putting out sections of two Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-related novels, The Queen of Stilled Hearts  and The Knight of Shattered Dreams, with the first collected book coming out July 1.  I recently put out a short story collection, A Murder of Crows: Seventeen Tales of Monsters & the Macabre.  After Alice Book #2 is out, I'm probably going to get back to releasing the last two books of the Exotics series (for kids; the first book is free except at Amazon, because I don't know; I keep trying--but anyway click the link just below).

You can find some of my stuff online via this link.

I particularly admire Neil Gaiman, Carol Berg, Stephen Brust, Terry Pratchett, Zenna Henderson, many of the ghost story writers from the turn of the twentieth century, Gene Wolfe, Stephen King, anyone who can buckle some swash, Hard Case Crime-style fiction, and more.  

My goal is make a living writing books in which the adventurous, weird, and imaginative combine.  I want readers to feel like they've been abducted by fairies or aliens and returned safely, albeit slightly changed: entertained, delighted, and perhaps slightly disturbed.

---

Here's the plan:  

I write and publish ebooks.  Every six months or so, I'll review my current goals and support levels to make sure I'm on track.

My current goals, in order of (presumed) difficulty:
  • Increase accountability by producing a monthly report for patrons.*
  • Plow resources back into the creation and distribution of more indie writing.  Ten percent of total received funds (Patreon, understandably, charges fees of their own as well as passing on processing fees, so less than the total).  
  • Dedicate more time and resources to improving skills revolving around Wonderland Press (writing, design, formatting, marketing). 
  • Dedicate more time and resources to production of non-freelance, personal fiction, focusing on publication through Wonderland Press.  
  • Dedicate more time and resources to advertising.  
  • Dedicate more time and resources to attending conventions, readings, etc., to meet more readers and professionals in the field.
  • Open Wonderland Press to submissions, probably one short story per quarter to start, with the purpose of promoting/supporting other writers and helping them gain an audience.  (Presumably, I won't hit this and the following goals for a while, so I have time for all that education to kick in!) Also, hire professionals to support WLP stories.
  • Open WLP to novel submissions, including professionals to support.  
  • Sell WLP to Harper Collins or something and take everyone to Hawaii to celebrate.

And here's my theory behind the Patron levels:

What (I think) you're looking for by supporting me is the following:  a) stuff, b) extras with your stuff, c) accountability (both to keep me on track and to feel like you're making a difference), d) more access (not that I'm hard to get to), e) favors.

Now, you can always ask for the little favors that take two brain cells and half a minute to accomplish, no patronage necessary.  And if it's a bigger favor, well, ask anyway; I might do it regardless.  But sometimes it's easier to ask for a favor when you're already doing someone a favor anyway.  

The levels really run like this:
  • No skin off my nose.
  • I have to run to the post office once in a while.
  • An extra couple of hours once or twice a year.
  • Five to ten extra hours once or twice a year.
  • Three-day weekend plus travel time.
  • ???
So if you don't see a patron reward that you want, let me know, and we can work something out.

*I informed my husband that he has to sign up for this ($1) so I have someone to be accountable to.  So if you see this and it is $0 funded, then know that my beloved spouse has abandoned all faith in me.




Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Ebook
2 patrons
Thank you.  This is huge to me.  It says, "JUST KEEP WRITING, OKAY?  IT'LL ALL WORK OUT."
  • All the ebook releases, in the format of your choice.
  • Acknowledgment page in the backs of all ebooks and on website.
  • Accountability report and Patreon stream with behind-the-scenes notes.
Pledge $3 or more per Ebook
4 patrons
Thank you.  This also says, "I LIKE YOUR WRITING ENOUGH TO PUT YOUR BOOKS ON MY SHELF.  OR GIVE THEM AS GIFTS."

All the $1 rewards plus...
  • All the print book releases.
Pledge $5 or more per Ebook
0 patrons
Thank you.  This also says, "PLUS THESE BOOKS ARE MINE AHAHAHAHAHA YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM BACK BECAUSE THEY'RE SIGNED WITH MY NAME, MINE, ALL MINE!!!"

All the $3 rewards plus...
  • The print books will be signed.
(I have to ship the print books twice:  once to me, and once to thee...)
Pledge $10 or more per Ebook
0 patrons
Thank you!  This also says, "WAIT WAIT YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING CRAZY WITH THIS, RIGHT?  PROMISE?"  I will.  Just watch.

All the $5 rewards plus one of the following or similar:
  • The Power of Names:  Using your name for a minor character with a particularly notable ending or trait.  (Note:  this doesn't have to be you, but the subject does need to consent.)  Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Favors (Minor):  A couple of hours' worth of favors in my capacity as publisher of WLP.  You have to pay expenses.  Have to be signed up for a year.  Could be applied toward cover design, formatting, editing, etc.  Could be applied toward teaching a short class with minimal travel time.
  • The Power of Opinions (Minor):  A couple of hours' work of feedback on your manuscript.  (The shorter the ms, the deeper the feedback).  Have to be signed up for a year.
Want to donate a reward for someone else OR use as part of (for example) a conference gift basket?  But of course.
Pledge $25 or more per Ebook
0 patrons
Thank you!  This also says, "LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO LET THINGS STAND LIKE THIS.  GO FORTH AND SUBVERT."  Thank you, kind citizen, I shall.

All the $5 rewards plus an option for one of the following:
  • The Power of Stories (Minor):  You name a short story that you want to see in existence, I write it.  I get to publish it or not, as I wish--the story will be dedicated to you, but you don't get publishing rights :)  Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Favors (Moderate): A half-day's worth of favors in my capacity as publisher of WLP.  You are responsible for expenses.   Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Opinions (Moderate):  A half-day's worth of feedback on your manuscript.  (Should be longer than a short story.
Want to donate a reward for someone else OR use as part of (for example) a conference gift basket? But of course.
Pledge $100 or more per Ebook
0 of 15 patrons
Thank you!  This also says, "YOUR PLANS AND MY PLANS FOR WORLD DOMINATION OVERLAP.  LET US TRADE MINIONS."  Okay, granted, I'm low on minions at this point, but I WILL SELF-MINION if I have to.

All the $5 rewards plus an option for one of the following:
  • The Power of Stories (Moderate): You name a short novel or novelette you want to see in existence, I write it. 30K max. Same details as The Power of Stories (Minor), but with the caveat: I have to want to publish it. Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Favors (Major): A three-day convention worth of favors, with up to three classes that I have to prep. You have to pay expenses. They can be hard, new classes I haven't developed yet, rather than panels. (If you dare...) Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Opinions (Major): I developmentally edit your novel and call to talk to you about where you are as a writer, what to work on next, how to get your stuff into the world. If we're in the same area, a face-to-face meeting. Have to be signed up for a year.
Want to donate a reward for someone else OR use as part of (for example) a conference gift basket? But of course.
Pledge $1,000 or more per Ebook
0 of 5 patrons
I'm adding this here in case of OH MY GOD I DON'T KNOW JUST SHOOT ME NOW.

Contact me.  We'll talk.
Goals
$11 of $15 per Ebook
  • Spend 10% of funds received on supporting indie-created work.
  • Spend rest of funds received on improving skills revolving around Wonderland Press.
  • Dedicate four additional hours per month on education.
  • Produce monthly accountability report including personal fiction production, education, donations, etc.
1 of 6
The Girl Scouts get it right:  it's not about the cookies.  It's about helping girls.  But the cookies?  Still pretty epic.

---

When we talk about patronage, what we're talking about isn't producers selling products to consumers.  That's selling.  Patronage is about something else.

Making the world a (slightly) different place.

When you support someone on Patreon, you're making it easier for that person to go out and make their art, in whatever format they make it.  By supporting creative types, you're making the world a place where it's slightly easier to make a living being creative.  

Not massively easier.  You're not handing someone a million bucks and setting up a trust so they can live off the income for the rest of their lives.  There's still competition and craft involved:  still a motivation to keep getting better.

But also a motivation to keep going.  Even if you don't pick me to support, it's fabulous that you're even considering supporting the arts.  Thank you :)

If you do pick me, it's because a) you want to support me personally and/or b) you want to see more of what I write running around in the world.  Either is good by me.

---

So what do I write? 

I write science fiction, fantasy, and horror for kids (8-12) and adults.  I miiiight have a foodie mystery and a couple of romances in my back pocket, too.  I have recently been published in Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Penumbra, Crossed Genres, Black Static, and more.  I received honorable mentions in Best Horror of the Year, Vols. 3 & 6.  I am putting out sections of two Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-related novels, The Queen of Stilled Hearts  and The Knight of Shattered Dreams, with the first collected book coming out July 1.  I recently put out a short story collection, A Murder of Crows: Seventeen Tales of Monsters & the Macabre.  After Alice Book #2 is out, I'm probably going to get back to releasing the last two books of the Exotics series (for kids; the first book is free except at Amazon, because I don't know; I keep trying--but anyway click the link just below).

You can find some of my stuff online via this link.

I particularly admire Neil Gaiman, Carol Berg, Stephen Brust, Terry Pratchett, Zenna Henderson, many of the ghost story writers from the turn of the twentieth century, Gene Wolfe, Stephen King, anyone who can buckle some swash, Hard Case Crime-style fiction, and more.  

My goal is make a living writing books in which the adventurous, weird, and imaginative combine.  I want readers to feel like they've been abducted by fairies or aliens and returned safely, albeit slightly changed: entertained, delighted, and perhaps slightly disturbed.

---

Here's the plan:  

I write and publish ebooks.  Every six months or so, I'll review my current goals and support levels to make sure I'm on track.

My current goals, in order of (presumed) difficulty:
  • Increase accountability by producing a monthly report for patrons.*
  • Plow resources back into the creation and distribution of more indie writing.  Ten percent of total received funds (Patreon, understandably, charges fees of their own as well as passing on processing fees, so less than the total).  
  • Dedicate more time and resources to improving skills revolving around Wonderland Press (writing, design, formatting, marketing). 
  • Dedicate more time and resources to production of non-freelance, personal fiction, focusing on publication through Wonderland Press.  
  • Dedicate more time and resources to advertising.  
  • Dedicate more time and resources to attending conventions, readings, etc., to meet more readers and professionals in the field.
  • Open Wonderland Press to submissions, probably one short story per quarter to start, with the purpose of promoting/supporting other writers and helping them gain an audience.  (Presumably, I won't hit this and the following goals for a while, so I have time for all that education to kick in!) Also, hire professionals to support WLP stories.
  • Open WLP to novel submissions, including professionals to support.  
  • Sell WLP to Harper Collins or something and take everyone to Hawaii to celebrate.

And here's my theory behind the Patron levels:

What (I think) you're looking for by supporting me is the following:  a) stuff, b) extras with your stuff, c) accountability (both to keep me on track and to feel like you're making a difference), d) more access (not that I'm hard to get to), e) favors.

Now, you can always ask for the little favors that take two brain cells and half a minute to accomplish, no patronage necessary.  And if it's a bigger favor, well, ask anyway; I might do it regardless.  But sometimes it's easier to ask for a favor when you're already doing someone a favor anyway.  

The levels really run like this:
  • No skin off my nose.
  • I have to run to the post office once in a while.
  • An extra couple of hours once or twice a year.
  • Five to ten extra hours once or twice a year.
  • Three-day weekend plus travel time.
  • ???
So if you don't see a patron reward that you want, let me know, and we can work something out.

*I informed my husband that he has to sign up for this ($1) so I have someone to be accountable to.  So if you see this and it is $0 funded, then know that my beloved spouse has abandoned all faith in me.




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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Ebook
2 patrons
Thank you.  This is huge to me.  It says, "JUST KEEP WRITING, OKAY?  IT'LL ALL WORK OUT."
  • All the ebook releases, in the format of your choice.
  • Acknowledgment page in the backs of all ebooks and on website.
  • Accountability report and Patreon stream with behind-the-scenes notes.
Pledge $3 or more per Ebook
4 patrons
Thank you.  This also says, "I LIKE YOUR WRITING ENOUGH TO PUT YOUR BOOKS ON MY SHELF.  OR GIVE THEM AS GIFTS."

All the $1 rewards plus...
  • All the print book releases.
Pledge $5 or more per Ebook
0 patrons
Thank you.  This also says, "PLUS THESE BOOKS ARE MINE AHAHAHAHAHA YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM BACK BECAUSE THEY'RE SIGNED WITH MY NAME, MINE, ALL MINE!!!"

All the $3 rewards plus...
  • The print books will be signed.
(I have to ship the print books twice:  once to me, and once to thee...)
Pledge $10 or more per Ebook
0 patrons
Thank you!  This also says, "WAIT WAIT YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING CRAZY WITH THIS, RIGHT?  PROMISE?"  I will.  Just watch.

All the $5 rewards plus one of the following or similar:
  • The Power of Names:  Using your name for a minor character with a particularly notable ending or trait.  (Note:  this doesn't have to be you, but the subject does need to consent.)  Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Favors (Minor):  A couple of hours' worth of favors in my capacity as publisher of WLP.  You have to pay expenses.  Have to be signed up for a year.  Could be applied toward cover design, formatting, editing, etc.  Could be applied toward teaching a short class with minimal travel time.
  • The Power of Opinions (Minor):  A couple of hours' work of feedback on your manuscript.  (The shorter the ms, the deeper the feedback).  Have to be signed up for a year.
Want to donate a reward for someone else OR use as part of (for example) a conference gift basket?  But of course.
Pledge $25 or more per Ebook
0 patrons
Thank you!  This also says, "LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO LET THINGS STAND LIKE THIS.  GO FORTH AND SUBVERT."  Thank you, kind citizen, I shall.

All the $5 rewards plus an option for one of the following:
  • The Power of Stories (Minor):  You name a short story that you want to see in existence, I write it.  I get to publish it or not, as I wish--the story will be dedicated to you, but you don't get publishing rights :)  Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Favors (Moderate): A half-day's worth of favors in my capacity as publisher of WLP.  You are responsible for expenses.   Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Opinions (Moderate):  A half-day's worth of feedback on your manuscript.  (Should be longer than a short story.
Want to donate a reward for someone else OR use as part of (for example) a conference gift basket? But of course.
Pledge $100 or more per Ebook
0 of 15 patrons
Thank you!  This also says, "YOUR PLANS AND MY PLANS FOR WORLD DOMINATION OVERLAP.  LET US TRADE MINIONS."  Okay, granted, I'm low on minions at this point, but I WILL SELF-MINION if I have to.

All the $5 rewards plus an option for one of the following:
  • The Power of Stories (Moderate): You name a short novel or novelette you want to see in existence, I write it. 30K max. Same details as The Power of Stories (Minor), but with the caveat: I have to want to publish it. Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Favors (Major): A three-day convention worth of favors, with up to three classes that I have to prep. You have to pay expenses. They can be hard, new classes I haven't developed yet, rather than panels. (If you dare...) Have to be signed up for a year.
  • The Power of Opinions (Major): I developmentally edit your novel and call to talk to you about where you are as a writer, what to work on next, how to get your stuff into the world. If we're in the same area, a face-to-face meeting. Have to be signed up for a year.
Want to donate a reward for someone else OR use as part of (for example) a conference gift basket? But of course.
Pledge $1,000 or more per Ebook
0 of 5 patrons
I'm adding this here in case of OH MY GOD I DON'T KNOW JUST SHOOT ME NOW.

Contact me.  We'll talk.