Foz Meadows

Foz Meadows

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Hi! I'm Foz Meadows: SFF author, blogger and book reviewer. My YA fantasy novels, Solace & Grief and The Key to Starveldt, were released by Ford Street Publishing in 2010 and 2011, and in 2014, I was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for my blog, Shattersnipe. I also write regular posts on tumblr, and as well as reviewing regularly for Strange Horizons, I'm an occasional contributor to Tor.comA Dribble of InkThe Huffington Post and Black Gate. My essays have appeared at The Mary Sue and The Book Smugglers, and I also write short stories and poems.

Content-wise, I write predominantly about SFF as both community and genre, with an emphasis on diversity, intersectional feminism, sex positivity, politics, fan culture, history and narrative. Though I sometimes crosspost between my Wordpress and tumblr accounts, the former pieces tend to be longer, formal and structured, while the latter are more freeform. What this means in practical terms is that I'm capable of producing stupidly long essays about masculinity and Teen Wolf, angry rants about SFF politics and quick posts about the importance of sex scenes, but am equally likely to say fuck in all of them. So it goes.

Right now, the vast majority of my writing is unpaid. Annually, I receive some very minor royalties and an ELR/PLR payment for my novels, I'm paid by Strange Horizons and Tor.com, and I've earned a few small, one-off sums for my contributions individual anthologies, but as regular earnings go, it's not much. I love what I do, and I'm continually amazed and touched that people enjoy my writing enough to share it, comment on it and show up again the following week. In fact, I'd like nothing more than to be able to write full time - and that's where Patreon comes in.

Week to week, I spend the better part of five days in every seven helping to look after my two-year-old son, and while my husband's working hours are flexible, I'm still restricted to working part-time to supplement our income. Throw in my writing commitments, and this quickly becomes difficult to manage: energy and free time are both finite resources, and it's hard to keep up with genre news, new book releases and online commentary, let alone produce my own content, when I'm constantly burning the candle at both ends. But if I were able to earn more regular money with my writing, it wouldn't just help out on the financial end of things; it would enable me to create more - and to do more - by providing me with a modicum of security. I want to write new and better things, and for that, I need your support.

My aim is to produce at least two major blog posts at Shattersnipe and one external review a month, with any tumblr-exclusive posts over 1000 words in length considered a bonus. All my content will remain free to view, any tumblr posts shorter than 1000 words won't count, and remember: you can put a monthly cap on your contributions, so if you pledge $1 a time, but don't want to spend more than $3 a month, you won't get overcharged if I end up writing five things.   
     
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Pledge $1 or more per Post
Everyone who contributes $1 or more per post will have my thanks; I also promise to respond to any top-tier questions or comments you make on the Patreon page.
Pledge $3 or more per Post
If you pledge $3 per post, I will give you a shoutout on Twitter as thanks for your support, including a link to your blog/page.
Pledge $5 or more per Post
If you pledge $5 per post, you'll get all the lower tier rewards, and I'll write you a one-off poem on a topic of your choosing.
Pledge $15 or more per Post
only 3 left
If you pledge $15 per post - even if you cap your monthly contribution to $15 only - you'll get all the lower tier rewards, and I'll introduce a TV Roulette feature to my blogging: once a month, you get to pick the show, and I'll either watch the first episode (if I haven't seen it before) or an episode of your choosing (if I have) and write about it in my best flamboyant, ranty, squee-filled style. Reality TV by negotiation only, because it erodes my soul; otherwise, anything goes. If I like the show, I'll keep it up for the next month; if I don't, you can pick something else next time around.
Hi! I'm Foz Meadows: SFF author, blogger and book reviewer. My YA fantasy novels, Solace & Grief and The Key to Starveldt, were released by Ford Street Publishing in 2010 and 2011, and in 2014, I was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for my blog, Shattersnipe. I also write regular posts on tumblr, and as well as reviewing regularly for Strange Horizons, I'm an occasional contributor to Tor.comA Dribble of InkThe Huffington Post and Black Gate. My essays have appeared at The Mary Sue and The Book Smugglers, and I also write short stories and poems.

Content-wise, I write predominantly about SFF as both community and genre, with an emphasis on diversity, intersectional feminism, sex positivity, politics, fan culture, history and narrative. Though I sometimes crosspost between my Wordpress and tumblr accounts, the former pieces tend to be longer, formal and structured, while the latter are more freeform. What this means in practical terms is that I'm capable of producing stupidly long essays about masculinity and Teen Wolf, angry rants about SFF politics and quick posts about the importance of sex scenes, but am equally likely to say fuck in all of them. So it goes.

Right now, the vast majority of my writing is unpaid. Annually, I receive some very minor royalties and an ELR/PLR payment for my novels, I'm paid by Strange Horizons and Tor.com, and I've earned a few small, one-off sums for my contributions individual anthologies, but as regular earnings go, it's not much. I love what I do, and I'm continually amazed and touched that people enjoy my writing enough to share it, comment on it and show up again the following week. In fact, I'd like nothing more than to be able to write full time - and that's where Patreon comes in.

Week to week, I spend the better part of five days in every seven helping to look after my two-year-old son, and while my husband's working hours are flexible, I'm still restricted to working part-time to supplement our income. Throw in my writing commitments, and this quickly becomes difficult to manage: energy and free time are both finite resources, and it's hard to keep up with genre news, new book releases and online commentary, let alone produce my own content, when I'm constantly burning the candle at both ends. But if I were able to earn more regular money with my writing, it wouldn't just help out on the financial end of things; it would enable me to create more - and to do more - by providing me with a modicum of security. I want to write new and better things, and for that, I need your support.

My aim is to produce at least two major blog posts at Shattersnipe and one external review a month, with any tumblr-exclusive posts over 1000 words in length considered a bonus. All my content will remain free to view, any tumblr posts shorter than 1000 words won't count, and remember: you can put a monthly cap on your contributions, so if you pledge $1 a time, but don't want to spend more than $3 a month, you won't get overcharged if I end up writing five things.   
     

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Post
Everyone who contributes $1 or more per post will have my thanks; I also promise to respond to any top-tier questions or comments you make on the Patreon page.
Pledge $3 or more per Post
If you pledge $3 per post, I will give you a shoutout on Twitter as thanks for your support, including a link to your blog/page.
Pledge $5 or more per Post
If you pledge $5 per post, you'll get all the lower tier rewards, and I'll write you a one-off poem on a topic of your choosing.
Pledge $15 or more per Post
only 3 left
If you pledge $15 per post - even if you cap your monthly contribution to $15 only - you'll get all the lower tier rewards, and I'll introduce a TV Roulette feature to my blogging: once a month, you get to pick the show, and I'll either watch the first episode (if I haven't seen it before) or an episode of your choosing (if I have) and write about it in my best flamboyant, ranty, squee-filled style. Reality TV by negotiation only, because it erodes my soul; otherwise, anything goes. If I like the show, I'll keep it up for the next month; if I don't, you can pick something else next time around.