Drew John Ladd

is creating an end to white supremacy

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Don't have a ton of extra cash but still want to show some love? Thanks! You just earned yourself a ton of gratitude.

*cue Golden Girls Theme Song* 

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Upon completion and publication of my novel, "Wolfsong, Beloved", you'll be able to digitally view a chapter from a new work in progress or short story from me once a month. You'll also get all of the blog posts and Friday pics. And, of course, my gratitude. 

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I am hugging you in my mind right now. Consensually. Unless you're not into hugs. In which case I am not-at-all hugging you in any way. In fact, I am, in my mind right now, running away from you at great speed.  My arm and leg movements are both mutually and consensually coordinated. I am a Brown and Entirely Hugless streak of understanding and mutuality, fleeing from you with all the coordination afforded by movements sets that explicitly and unequivocally emphasize community, diversity, and sociocultural symbiosis.  

Hugs are complicated for me.

Upon completion and publication of my novel, "Wolfsong, Beloved",  you'll get all the previous rewards (That's right! All of 'em!) and I'll also make the content released that month available for digital download in PDF form.

While I'm buttoning up the novel, though, this tier will offer a literal hug for anyone near enough to receive it, provided we can come to a mutually beneficial set of standards and practices from which the first hug could be theoretically modelled and amended before terms are concretely agreed upon and signed. Also scheduling.

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About

Hi. I'm Drew Ladd. 

I write stuff.

Primarily, I write opinion and perspective pieces centering and commenting on race, racism, and white supremacy in America. 

I also do fantasy. When I can..  

I have at least a half dozen projects in various stages of development, but, for now, I’m focusing all of my energy on ending white supremacy.

I fight racism.

As a black man in America, I discuss and confront racism every day as a means of survival. I also fight racism by writing pieces about my experience with race and racism as a black man in America and white complicity. I also lecture at schools, appear on podcasts, and participate in storytelling events, leveraging the power of shock and humor in storytelling to help people consider and engage complex and often ignored issues.  

[I'm terrible (AWFUL!) at keeping track of my podcast appearances, but I've held on to this one. I share a personal story of a racist encounter I had that went 'viral' on Facebook and elsewhere. The racism conversation begins nearly exactly at the 16 minute 30 second mark.]

Why Patreon?

My best stuff comes when I go out into the real world and meet people or take on exciting new challenges like going back to college and giving the commencement address or traveling to South Africa for a couple months and working in radio. All those things broaden and deepen my work substantially.

Patreon support grants me more opportunities to write and expand my craft. That means more books, more short stories, more social commentary, more collaborations and so on.

Cool story, bro. What do you want?

If you enjoy my work and want to support it, Patreon is an opportunity to invest in me and my work. Such support makes more and better work possible.

I want writing to be my day job. Rather, writing IS my day job. And the pay is, essentially, $0. Change that of you enjoy my work.

What's your goal?

$1000/month would free me up to take advantage of more opportunities in more places more often. I could focus on and deliver projects more consistently and reliably instead of borrowing and stealing time whenever life permits. 

Beyond that, I’d be able to recruit help, invest in better technology, and, frankly, do much more work.

Patreon support not only frees me up to write and share more, but it also opens doors for other enriching opportunities

What Do You Get?

Once I've published "Wolfsong, Beloved", all patrons from the $5/month level and up will get access to exclusive content released on a monthly basis. This content will also be available for digital download. At least once per month you will receive at least one of the following: 

  • A draft chapter from one of my of forthcoming novels;
  • A new short story, or a "lost" story I'm actively reworking.
  • A chapter from a serialized "Patreon Only" story (of which I have 9 chapters at the ready). 
Want to contribute more than $5/month? Cool. There are rewards that will be exclusive for people who contribute at higher levels -- videos, thank you calls, signed copies, readings and so forth - more details on this AFTER I've published "Wolfsong".   

TL;DR:

I need more time to write and more resources to take advantage of unique opportunities. $5/month from you will go a long way toward that. In exchange, you will get access to content exclusively for Patreon supporters.

And we'll be friends! ...internet friends. But, still... friendsies!

Thanks so much for considering supporting me and my work. 

Warmly,

D. Ladd

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$1,124 of $2,000 per month
When we hit this target, I will send a digital copy of my first book, "The Watershed Anthems" to all supporters. For free. Also, at this level, I will bump up the monthly posts to twice a month.  
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