Elizabeth Donald is creating fiction, photography and journalism
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patrons

I’ve been a daily news reporter for 21 years. It’s been my privilege to serve my community, reporting the news and diligently looking out for the public interest. I’ve served for years on the national Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics committee and as president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists. 

I’m also a fiction author, having published about 10 books and novellas with small- and medium-press publishers in the areas of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I run the Literary Underworld, an author cooperative helping small-press writers get their work out there. I'm a freelance editor and writing coach, a nature and art photographer, and occasionally I sleep.

That's a lie. I don't sleep.

But now I am stepping down from daily news, so that I can pursue my masters degree and begin teaching new journalists the things that I have learned. I am beginning a teaching assistantship at a local university in the fall of 2018, and will step into the classroom for the first time since the 1990s as both teacher and student.

This is a big, scary change for me and for my family, which is largely reliant on my salary. My husband is a nontraditional student in his fourth year working on his bachelor’s; my son is a traditional freshman.

We’re all going to college together! It’s like a sitcom, only we provide the laugh track.

I’m going to continue working freelance as a journalist, in part because I can’t bear to give it up entirely, and in part because rent is a necessary thing. I’ll be continuing my “side gigs” of freelance editing and coaching writers; of art and nature photography; and my volunteer work with SPJ, Literary Underworld and local nonprofits. Good thing about that not-sleeping, right?

My goal is to support my family while I re-enter the classroom for the first time since the 1990s. That means that your dollars per month are going to buy milk and rent, electricity and pens.

Everything you contribute means less energy going into chasing other gigs, and more energy and attention into my teaching and grad school studies - as well as more time to create more fiction, do more photo shoots, and generally chase the work that I love. Check out the links to see all the nifty content I intend to explore and share with you.

I intend to sing for my supper.


Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month
Thank you! Your name will be listed on my website as one of my wonderful Patrons - no contribution is too small. You will also get access to some locked blog posts about my upcoming adventures.
Level 2
$3 or more per month
You'll receive access to more exclusive content, which may include musings on fiction, on the writing life, on journalism and the news of the day, on my adventures in grad school, or travelogues, or any other crazed subject, in addition to previous rewards.
Level 3
$5 or more per month
You'll receive at least one new, exclusive image from my photo shoots per month, in addition to previous rewards.
Level 4
$10 or more per month
You receive one short story of fiction OR nonfiction essay per month, in addition to previous rewards. 
Level 5
$25 or more per month
I will critique up to 1,000 words of your fiction or nonfiction per quarter. You will also receive two photos with explanations of background and history per month, in addition to previous rewards. 
Level 6
$50 or more per month
You're famous! With your permission, I will put your name in a pool for "tuckerization" - as in I will name a character after you in an upcoming work! You will also receive an annual ebook of my essays and short stories and a thank-you listing in any published novels, as well as previous rewards.
Level 7
$100 or more per month
You're my best friend. You'll get a print chapbook or paperback once a year on the month of my birthday (depending on what's been published), a critique of up to 4,000 words of your fiction or nonfiction once a quarter, and all previous rewards.
Goals
56% complete
You’re paying my electricity bill as well as the water bill. Since electricity powers computers and computers transmit my words, you are ELECTRIC.

If we reach this point, I will break my long-standing rule of not putting my face on video and record a vid of myself, probably reading a story or essay and trying not to say "um."
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I’ve been a daily news reporter for 21 years. It’s been my privilege to serve my community, reporting the news and diligently looking out for the public interest. I’ve served for years on the national Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics committee and as president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists. 

I’m also a fiction author, having published about 10 books and novellas with small- and medium-press publishers in the areas of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I run the Literary Underworld, an author cooperative helping small-press writers get their work out there. I'm a freelance editor and writing coach, a nature and art photographer, and occasionally I sleep.

That's a lie. I don't sleep.

But now I am stepping down from daily news, so that I can pursue my masters degree and begin teaching new journalists the things that I have learned. I am beginning a teaching assistantship at a local university in the fall of 2018, and will step into the classroom for the first time since the 1990s as both teacher and student.

This is a big, scary change for me and for my family, which is largely reliant on my salary. My husband is a nontraditional student in his fourth year working on his bachelor’s; my son is a traditional freshman.

We’re all going to college together! It’s like a sitcom, only we provide the laugh track.

I’m going to continue working freelance as a journalist, in part because I can’t bear to give it up entirely, and in part because rent is a necessary thing. I’ll be continuing my “side gigs” of freelance editing and coaching writers; of art and nature photography; and my volunteer work with SPJ, Literary Underworld and local nonprofits. Good thing about that not-sleeping, right?

My goal is to support my family while I re-enter the classroom for the first time since the 1990s. That means that your dollars per month are going to buy milk and rent, electricity and pens.

Everything you contribute means less energy going into chasing other gigs, and more energy and attention into my teaching and grad school studies - as well as more time to create more fiction, do more photo shoots, and generally chase the work that I love. Check out the links to see all the nifty content I intend to explore and share with you.

I intend to sing for my supper.


Recent posts by Elizabeth Donald

Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month
Thank you! Your name will be listed on my website as one of my wonderful Patrons - no contribution is too small. You will also get access to some locked blog posts about my upcoming adventures.
Level 2
$3 or more per month
You'll receive access to more exclusive content, which may include musings on fiction, on the writing life, on journalism and the news of the day, on my adventures in grad school, or travelogues, or any other crazed subject, in addition to previous rewards.
Level 3
$5 or more per month
You'll receive at least one new, exclusive image from my photo shoots per month, in addition to previous rewards.
Level 4
$10 or more per month
You receive one short story of fiction OR nonfiction essay per month, in addition to previous rewards. 
Level 5
$25 or more per month
I will critique up to 1,000 words of your fiction or nonfiction per quarter. You will also receive two photos with explanations of background and history per month, in addition to previous rewards. 
Level 6
$50 or more per month
You're famous! With your permission, I will put your name in a pool for "tuckerization" - as in I will name a character after you in an upcoming work! You will also receive an annual ebook of my essays and short stories and a thank-you listing in any published novels, as well as previous rewards.
Level 7
$100 or more per month
You're my best friend. You'll get a print chapbook or paperback once a year on the month of my birthday (depending on what's been published), a critique of up to 4,000 words of your fiction or nonfiction once a quarter, and all previous rewards.