Holly Lisle is creating SF, Fantasy, and Mixed-Genre Novels
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$549
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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.

True for a lot of indies, especially those of us who cannot squeeze ourselves into neat categories and then stay there.

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.)

Recently, my readers have been asking me to put together a Patreon page, because I'm not writing much fiction right now, and they want some new books.

And I want that too.

And I'm a fast writer, but my best 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. 

I've been resisting doing this, because I couldn't think of rewards that I could offer readers in exchange for their patronage...

Until today. Today, well... Necessity is the mother of invention.


Hurricane Irma brought me here.
Picked me up and kind of threw me against the wall of "we're about to get clobbered by this thing, and our savings account is sniffing fumes after a really rough year struggling to pay off medical bills, and if I don't want to do this "Scary Dance with Great Big Gun and Slow Erratic Bullet" every hurricane season for the rest of my life, we need to move out of South Florida.

As I write this, it's Friday, September 8, 2017, and we're due to get hit (or missed, but probably not missed) by Irma on Sunday in the early hours of the morning.

I write science fiction, fantasy, and weird mixed-genre things that include suspense, paranormal elements, some romance, a bit of horror...

I've been doing it since 1984, when as my New Year's resolution, I promised myself I would write a novel before I turned 25. I did. Barely. And it sucked. But when I wrote it, I came home to the place I didn't know was home. And in 1991, I sold my first novel to Baen. And then thirty-plus more novels to other big publishers. I went indie a few years ago, because if you get paid twice a year, and you pay bills twice a month, that's a problem.

Along with writing fiction, I write really good classes ABOUT writing and selling 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.

And, bluntly, I want to be able to afford to move my family and myself to higher ground in a less tumultuous place, and one with more than two roads out. I don't want to spend a week with my husband putting up hurricane shutters and locking down everything we own, only to get to reverse that process once it's over.

Wash, rinse, repeat for each potential hurricane aimed in our direction each year.

My initial goal is $500 a month.

That would cover one hour a day 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 2500 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.
       .
Thank you for looking at this, thank you doubly if you fund 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.

Holly Lisle

P.S. Added later. We made it through the hurricane with just a lot of tree damage and some power flickers (though the folks just down the street from us didn't get power back for over a week). The handles I jerry-rigged from galvanized wire because our hurricane shutters were missing all the hardware worked perfectly.

I'm still working to get us out of South Florida. It's a wonderful place for snowbirds who only want to get away from the winter, but not a great place to live year-round. Watching the WeatherUnderground maps update every six hours for six months and wondering if you're going to get clobbered is somewhat less entertaining than it sounds.

And I'd love to not do it next year.

Tiers
You're Wonderful!
$1 or more per month 16 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 25 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 80 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
$549 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.

True for a lot of indies, especially those of us who cannot squeeze ourselves into neat categories and then stay there.

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.)

Recently, my readers have been asking me to put together a Patreon page, because I'm not writing much fiction right now, and they want some new books.

And I want that too.

And I'm a fast writer, but my best 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. 

I've been resisting doing this, because I couldn't think of rewards that I could offer readers in exchange for their patronage...

Until today. Today, well... Necessity is the mother of invention.


Hurricane Irma brought me here.
Picked me up and kind of threw me against the wall of "we're about to get clobbered by this thing, and our savings account is sniffing fumes after a really rough year struggling to pay off medical bills, and if I don't want to do this "Scary Dance with Great Big Gun and Slow Erratic Bullet" every hurricane season for the rest of my life, we need to move out of South Florida.

As I write this, it's Friday, September 8, 2017, and we're due to get hit (or missed, but probably not missed) by Irma on Sunday in the early hours of the morning.

I write science fiction, fantasy, and weird mixed-genre things that include suspense, paranormal elements, some romance, a bit of horror...

I've been doing it since 1984, when as my New Year's resolution, I promised myself I would write a novel before I turned 25. I did. Barely. And it sucked. But when I wrote it, I came home to the place I didn't know was home. And in 1991, I sold my first novel to Baen. And then thirty-plus more novels to other big publishers. I went indie a few years ago, because if you get paid twice a year, and you pay bills twice a month, that's a problem.

Along with writing fiction, I write really good classes ABOUT writing and selling 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.

And, bluntly, I want to be able to afford to move my family and myself to higher ground in a less tumultuous place, and one with more than two roads out. I don't want to spend a week with my husband putting up hurricane shutters and locking down everything we own, only to get to reverse that process once it's over.

Wash, rinse, repeat for each potential hurricane aimed in our direction each year.

My initial goal is $500 a month.

That would cover one hour a day 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 2500 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.
       .
Thank you for looking at this, thank you doubly if you fund 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.

Holly Lisle

P.S. Added later. We made it through the hurricane with just a lot of tree damage and some power flickers (though the folks just down the street from us didn't get power back for over a week). The handles I jerry-rigged from galvanized wire because our hurricane shutters were missing all the hardware worked perfectly.

I'm still working to get us out of South Florida. It's a wonderful place for snowbirds who only want to get away from the winter, but not a great place to live year-round. Watching the WeatherUnderground maps update every six hours for six months and wondering if you're going to get clobbered is somewhat less entertaining than it sounds.

And I'd love to not do it next year.

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Tiers
You're Wonderful!
$1 or more per month 16 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 25 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 80 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