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.
*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.