Holly Lisle is creating SF, Fantasy, and Mixed-Genre Novels
119

patrons

$524
per month
My name is Holly Lisle, and I'm a novelist, commercially published since 1992, independent since around 2007 or 2011, depending on how I count it.  With more than thirty commercially published novels in print, I decided to give publishing my fiction by myself a go. Because I've discovered that the only person I'm actually happy working for is ... me.

I write science fiction, fantasy (both high and urban), paranormal suspense romance, and things that nobody including me can precisely describe. Like, ah, weird theosophical humor romance? A.K.A. God turns 200,000-plus devils, demons, and assorted hellspawn loose in North Carolina because someone who truly believed sort of asked him to. (Sold and published back in my commercial days, but the series did not burn up the charts.)

And I'm a relatively fast writer, but my favorite work is long. 100,000 words to 200,000 words. Writing to that length does not lend itself well to the Book A Month Amazon Launch model that creates a steady, sustainable income. 

Along with writing fiction, I write very good classes teaching folks how to write fiction professionally, but that part of what I do pays for itself.

However, I want to write fiction every day, but I have to put my time into what pays me.

More to the point, I have to put it into what pays me monthly, because that's how often bills show up. I don't need insane amounts of money. I grew up in trailer parks and on mission fields, and I can stretch a dollar 'til it squeaks.

I want to switch my writing time to 50% fiction -- 50% nonfiction. I want to write fiction three to four hours a day, and work on the writing classes and teaching other writers how to write with the other half of my workday.

My big goal right now, for which I'm working like crazy, is move my family out of South Florida, to higher ground in a less tumultuous place, and one with more than two roads out. Last year's hurricane fun... wasn't. I'd like to be moved before we are in the middle of a repeat.

My initial goal is $500 a month.

That covers one hour a day every weekday of pure fiction writing, or 20+ writing hours per month.

With which I want to write...

  • The final Moon & Sun story, The Emerald Sun
  • The other eight Cadence Drake novels
  • The rest of the Longview series
  • Redbird, the final Korre novel, after Talyn and Hawkspar
  • Stuff I have sitting on my hard drive, like Dreaming the Dead and Ghosts & Gremlins, that I want to finish and publish
  • And the weird things I come up with in between

More funds buy more writing time.

Every additional $500/month will buy me one additional fiction-writing hour per day, Monday through Friday, up to a maximum of 3 writing hours per day, or 60+ hours per month.

Why three hours?


Because beyond that, I lose focus. I can write three hours of fiction a day, day in and day out, and do it for years on end. I know this because I've already done it.

I CAN also write 10,000 words a day, and work ten, twelve, or fourteen hours straight, for days on end. I know that, because when I've hit bad deadlines, I've done that, too. But that's not sustainable. Working like that, I burn out, and then can't write anything for weeks.

So I need to alternate between fiction and nonfiction: Do my classes, talk to my writing students, and create stories you'll love.

Two nicely varied jobs, both which I love, that I can do, and keep doing.

Every additional funded hour will make it possible for me to move out of Hurricane Alley sooner.

I have some cool things to offer readers who fund me.

  • $1/month gets you one first-draft scene of at least 1000 words from the book I'm writing (Link to Month 1 Level 1 Reward, made public for everyone) and from the month in which it's written, and your name as a patron in the "Wonderful Patrons" acknowledgements of each book you help fund.
       .
  • $2/month gets you the scene PLUS one separate complete first-draft chapter of at least 1000 words from the book I'm writing (link to Month 1 Level 2 Reward, made public for everyone) and from the month in which it's written, and your name as a patron in the "Amazing Patrons" acknowledgements of each book you help fund.
       .
  • $5/month gets you the chapter, the scene, and a one-hour video of me writing (link to Month 1 Level 3 reward, made public for everyone). You'll see the screen and my ten-minute timer, watch the daily word count add up, and be able to read the words as they come out of my mind and off my fingertips. And you'll hear any comments or out-loud brainstorming I do while writing. I do talk to myself while I'm writing from time to time. And you'll also your name as a patron in the "Hero Patrons" acknowledgements of each book you help fund.

And everyone is invited to listen to my daughter's and my weekly Fiction Plus Writing podcast, Alone in a Room with Invisible People

Thank you for reading this, and thank you doubly for funding me.

My readers have been my cheering section, my test readers, and my allies and friends since 1992, and I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to write stories you love.


Tiers
You're Wonderful!
$1 or more per month 19 patrons
  • You get one full scene of brand new first draft or final revision fiction written within the last 30 days on my current work in progress, that is at LEAST 1000 words in length
  • And access to all patron-only polls
  • Your name in the Wonderful Patrons acknowledgements in each book for which you've provided funding
You're Amazing!
$2 or more per month 24 patrons
  • You get the Wonderful Level stuff above, PLUS...
  • One full CHAPTER of brand new first draft or final revision fiction written within the last 30 days on my current work in progress, that is at LEAST 1000 words in length
  • Your name in the Amazing Patrons acknowledgements in each book for which you've provided funding
You're My Freakin' Hero
$5 or more per month 75 patrons

  • You get all the Wonderful and Awesome Level stuff
  • And you get a one-hour full-screen video of me writing first draft or doing revision type-in, with timers and comments
  • Your name in the Hero Patrons acknowledgements in each book for which you've provided funding


Goals
$524 of $1,000 per month
Two hours per day, 20+ days per month (minimum of forty hours per month), Monday through Friday, of new fiction creation. Includes first draft and revision.
(I reserve the right to work extra.)
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My name is Holly Lisle, and I'm a novelist, commercially published since 1992, independent since around 2007 or 2011, depending on how I count it.  With more than thirty commercially published novels in print, I decided to give publishing my fiction by myself a go. Because I've discovered that the only person I'm actually happy working for is ... me.

I write science fiction, fantasy (both high and urban), paranormal suspense romance, and things that nobody including me can precisely describe. Like, ah, weird theosophical humor romance? A.K.A. God turns 200,000-plus devils, demons, and assorted hellspawn loose in North Carolina because someone who truly believed sort of asked him to. (Sold and published back in my commercial days, but the series did not burn up the charts.)

And I'm a relatively fast writer, but my favorite work is long. 100,000 words to 200,000 words. Writing to that length does not lend itself well to the Book A Month Amazon Launch model that creates a steady, sustainable income. 

Along with writing fiction, I write very good classes teaching folks how to write fiction professionally, but that part of what I do pays for itself.

However, I want to write fiction every day, but I have to put my time into what pays me.

More to the point, I have to put it into what pays me monthly, because that's how often bills show up. I don't need insane amounts of money. I grew up in trailer parks and on mission fields, and I can stretch a dollar 'til it squeaks.

I want to switch my writing time to 50% fiction -- 50% nonfiction. I want to write fiction three to four hours a day, and work on the writing classes and teaching other writers how to write with the other half of my workday.

My big goal right now, for which I'm working like crazy, is move my family out of South Florida, to higher ground in a less tumultuous place, and one with more than two roads out. Last year's hurricane fun... wasn't. I'd like to be moved before we are in the middle of a repeat.

My initial goal is $500 a month.

That covers one hour a day every weekday of pure fiction writing, or 20+ writing hours per month.

With which I want to write...

  • The final Moon & Sun story, The Emerald Sun
  • The other eight Cadence Drake novels
  • The rest of the Longview series
  • Redbird, the final Korre novel, after Talyn and Hawkspar
  • Stuff I have sitting on my hard drive, like Dreaming the Dead and Ghosts & Gremlins, that I want to finish and publish
  • And the weird things I come up with in between

More funds buy more writing time.

Every additional $500/month will buy me one additional fiction-writing hour per day, Monday through Friday, up to a maximum of 3 writing hours per day, or 60+ hours per month.

Why three hours?


Because beyond that, I lose focus. I can write three hours of fiction a day, day in and day out, and do it for years on end. I know this because I've already done it.

I CAN also write 10,000 words a day, and work ten, twelve, or fourteen hours straight, for days on end. I know that, because when I've hit bad deadlines, I've done that, too. But that's not sustainable. Working like that, I burn out, and then can't write anything for weeks.

So I need to alternate between fiction and nonfiction: Do my classes, talk to my writing students, and create stories you'll love.

Two nicely varied jobs, both which I love, that I can do, and keep doing.

Every additional funded hour will make it possible for me to move out of Hurricane Alley sooner.

I have some cool things to offer readers who fund me.

  • $1/month gets you one first-draft scene of at least 1000 words from the book I'm writing (Link to Month 1 Level 1 Reward, made public for everyone) and from the month in which it's written, and your name as a patron in the "Wonderful Patrons" acknowledgements of each book you help fund.
       .
  • $2/month gets you the scene PLUS one separate complete first-draft chapter of at least 1000 words from the book I'm writing (link to Month 1 Level 2 Reward, made public for everyone) and from the month in which it's written, and your name as a patron in the "Amazing Patrons" acknowledgements of each book you help fund.
       .
  • $5/month gets you the chapter, the scene, and a one-hour video of me writing (link to Month 1 Level 3 reward, made public for everyone). You'll see the screen and my ten-minute timer, watch the daily word count add up, and be able to read the words as they come out of my mind and off my fingertips. And you'll hear any comments or out-loud brainstorming I do while writing. I do talk to myself while I'm writing from time to time. And you'll also your name as a patron in the "Hero Patrons" acknowledgements of each book you help fund.

And everyone is invited to listen to my daughter's and my weekly Fiction Plus Writing podcast, Alone in a Room with Invisible People

Thank you for reading this, and thank you doubly for funding me.

My readers have been my cheering section, my test readers, and my allies and friends since 1992, and I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to write stories you love.


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Tiers
You're Wonderful!
$1 or more per month 19 patrons
  • You get one full scene of brand new first draft or final revision fiction written within the last 30 days on my current work in progress, that is at LEAST 1000 words in length
  • And access to all patron-only polls
  • Your name in the Wonderful Patrons acknowledgements in each book for which you've provided funding
You're Amazing!
$2 or more per month 24 patrons
  • You get the Wonderful Level stuff above, PLUS...
  • One full CHAPTER of brand new first draft or final revision fiction written within the last 30 days on my current work in progress, that is at LEAST 1000 words in length
  • Your name in the Amazing Patrons acknowledgements in each book for which you've provided funding
You're My Freakin' Hero
$5 or more per month 75 patrons

  • You get all the Wonderful and Awesome Level stuff
  • And you get a one-hour full-screen video of me writing first draft or doing revision type-in, with timers and comments
  • Your name in the Hero Patrons acknowledgements in each book for which you've provided funding