Doug Messel is creating something like literature.
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Hi.


My name is Doug, and I like to write. It's kind of my thing.

It's always been my thing.

I've been writing for years, but almost always in my "spare time." A few years ago I was the regular staff writer for Evansville News4U, getting paid to hype up events in the city and profile interesting people and places. But I don't live in Evansville anymore, so I can't do that.

These days I'm working as a contract copywriter for a fantastic marketing agency in Kansas City. They're great, and I love the experience. But at the moment, there's not enough work to fill up a 40 hour week (at least that I can invoice). And besides, I still like writing fiction and occasionally some nonsense on Medium or on my blog.

I have a lot of different ideas and projects I'm working on, from a couple of different novels to more short fiction and nonfiction. But having to juggle a part time retail job with my marketing work can sometimes be a draining experience, and doesn't leave much room for personal creativity.

So here's what I'm suggesting: if you like my writing and want to feel some warm fuzzies in your tummy--or heart, whatever--consider becoming a patron. In exchange, I get to make things. You get to read things. Everyone's hopefully happy. 

That's all well and good, but what else do you get for your money?


I'll come up with some fantastic cash prizes* and perks to help sweeten the deal. You like my dog, Wags? I'll throw in autographed photos of her. You're a huge fan of my work and you like paying for it? Maybe your sustained support gets you free digital copies of my fiction for life. 

The long and the short of it is that your support would mean the world to me. And it would probably make my wife feel better about me being a coffee-guzzling basement dweller.

Thanks for your time.

*There aren't really cash prizes involved. The idea is for you to give me money.
Rewards
Charlie Bear Fan Club
$1 or more per story. 0 patrons
You'll receive my eternal thanks and named recognition on the front page of my site, with whatever name you prefer. You can even use a fake name if you want. I'm partial to Schtolteheim Reinbach III .

Also, autographed photos of Charlie the Dog, our beloved pet who died in June 2016.


Free eBook
$5 or more per story. 0 patrons
Pledging $5.00 gives you access to the previous reward. But also:

You'll get a FREE(!) eBook copy of In Between Days, my debut novel. If you've already picked it up, you'll get a free copy of my next independently published eBook. How's that sound?


"Friends Listen to ENDLESS LOVE in the dark."
$10 or more per story. 0 patrons
Previous rewards apply. But wait! There's more:

Do you like seeing your name in print? I mean, I know I do. That's why I'm writing things. But with this donor level, your name will be in print in perpetuity, because I will put it on an Acknowledgments page in whatever I write and release. It doesn't matter if it's an eBook or a paperback. Your name will be there, thanked endlessly for your support.
Autographed Book Club
$15 or more per story. 0 patrons


Not only do you get the previous rewards--the autographed picture of Charlie, the free In Between Days eBook, and the forever acknowledgments--but also a signed copy of In Between Days. An actual physical copy that you can feel free to immediately read or--if your heart desires--burn. It's up to you. But that autographed photo of Charlie makes an incredible bookmark.

Free eBooks 4 Life
$30 or more per story. 0 patrons
$30 a month is a huge deal. That's HBO levels of support. That means you like me more than you like Game of Thrones.

So here's what you get, aside from all the previous reward tiers.

If you like me enough to pay thirty bucks a month for me to be able to write freely, you get my books. Well, in digital form at least. That's right. Free access to eBooks when they're released. Barring any kind of contractual obligation (assuming I sign an agent and sell my books), you'll always be able to enjoy my work on your eReader for free. Think of it like a subscription.
Goals
$0 of $10 per story.
Microsoft Office, although challenged by many pretenders to the throne, is pretty much the de facto productivity suite for writers and editors. With $10 in pledges, my Office 365 costs are covered.
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Hi.


My name is Doug, and I like to write. It's kind of my thing.

It's always been my thing.

I've been writing for years, but almost always in my "spare time." A few years ago I was the regular staff writer for Evansville News4U, getting paid to hype up events in the city and profile interesting people and places. But I don't live in Evansville anymore, so I can't do that.

These days I'm working as a contract copywriter for a fantastic marketing agency in Kansas City. They're great, and I love the experience. But at the moment, there's not enough work to fill up a 40 hour week (at least that I can invoice). And besides, I still like writing fiction and occasionally some nonsense on Medium or on my blog.

I have a lot of different ideas and projects I'm working on, from a couple of different novels to more short fiction and nonfiction. But having to juggle a part time retail job with my marketing work can sometimes be a draining experience, and doesn't leave much room for personal creativity.

So here's what I'm suggesting: if you like my writing and want to feel some warm fuzzies in your tummy--or heart, whatever--consider becoming a patron. In exchange, I get to make things. You get to read things. Everyone's hopefully happy. 

That's all well and good, but what else do you get for your money?


I'll come up with some fantastic cash prizes* and perks to help sweeten the deal. You like my dog, Wags? I'll throw in autographed photos of her. You're a huge fan of my work and you like paying for it? Maybe your sustained support gets you free digital copies of my fiction for life. 

The long and the short of it is that your support would mean the world to me. And it would probably make my wife feel better about me being a coffee-guzzling basement dweller.

Thanks for your time.

*There aren't really cash prizes involved. The idea is for you to give me money.

Recent posts by Doug Messel

Rewards
Charlie Bear Fan Club
$1 or more per story. 0 patrons
You'll receive my eternal thanks and named recognition on the front page of my site, with whatever name you prefer. You can even use a fake name if you want. I'm partial to Schtolteheim Reinbach III .

Also, autographed photos of Charlie the Dog, our beloved pet who died in June 2016.


Free eBook
$5 or more per story. 0 patrons
Pledging $5.00 gives you access to the previous reward. But also:

You'll get a FREE(!) eBook copy of In Between Days, my debut novel. If you've already picked it up, you'll get a free copy of my next independently published eBook. How's that sound?


"Friends Listen to ENDLESS LOVE in the dark."
$10 or more per story. 0 patrons
Previous rewards apply. But wait! There's more:

Do you like seeing your name in print? I mean, I know I do. That's why I'm writing things. But with this donor level, your name will be in print in perpetuity, because I will put it on an Acknowledgments page in whatever I write and release. It doesn't matter if it's an eBook or a paperback. Your name will be there, thanked endlessly for your support.
Autographed Book Club
$15 or more per story. 0 patrons


Not only do you get the previous rewards--the autographed picture of Charlie, the free In Between Days eBook, and the forever acknowledgments--but also a signed copy of In Between Days. An actual physical copy that you can feel free to immediately read or--if your heart desires--burn. It's up to you. But that autographed photo of Charlie makes an incredible bookmark.

Free eBooks 4 Life
$30 or more per story. 0 patrons
$30 a month is a huge deal. That's HBO levels of support. That means you like me more than you like Game of Thrones.

So here's what you get, aside from all the previous reward tiers.

If you like me enough to pay thirty bucks a month for me to be able to write freely, you get my books. Well, in digital form at least. That's right. Free access to eBooks when they're released. Barring any kind of contractual obligation (assuming I sign an agent and sell my books), you'll always be able to enjoy my work on your eReader for free. Think of it like a subscription.