John D. Payne is creating super rad books and stories
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I quit my job.  I was an assistant professor on the tenure track, teaching and learning about terrorism and other really interesting stuff.  I was making good money and working with great people.  I loved it!  

I also love writing.  And I've had some small success.  Before jumping on the tenure treadmill, I got my first novel published, which was an amazing experience.  Since then, though, I've only been able to manage short stories.  Turns out a tenure-track job in security studies is not super compatible with making up stories about dragons and spaceships and whatnot.  

This is where Patreon comes in.  In previous centuries, writers, artists, and other creators sought out wealthy patrons to support their work.  Today, we can reach out and connect to a multitude of individual patrons.  And even if each of them only pledges a small amount, these little streams of support can flow together into mighty rivers. In other words, Patreon helps writers like me build careers and cultivate our audiences-- on our own terms.

The flexibility this affords is extra important because quitting my academic job means taking on another demanding job: full-time dad to a preschooler, a toddler, and a newborn.  Happily, raising a bunch of awesome little humans is compatible with making up stories.  So that's what I'm doing.

For now, I'll be releasing one story a month via Patreon.  (Plus some other fun stuff-- see the Monthly Schedule, below.)  But I have big plans for what we'll be doing here as more patrons sign up.  (See Goals, on the left-hand menu.)  

So check out the rewards on the right-hand side of the page.  If one of them looks like a good deal to you, click where it says Get Reward.  If you're not sure, try hitting the button on the top left of the page that says Follow.  It doesn't cost you a thing, and it gets you a free copy of my newsletter. 

Your support (whether a pledge or a follow) helps me produce more stories about snarky superhero sidekicks, and extra-dimensional hipster unicorns, and lots of other fun, nerdy things.  So, thank you all. 

^_^ 

JDP
__________________________________________________________

MONTHLY SCHEDULE
  • 1st Monday : Story of the month, for Readers and up
  • 2nd Monday : Bonus content, for Amigos and up
  • 3rd Monday : Poll, for Deciders and up
    • PLUS Brain Trust video chat  (date & time set w/ BT+)
  • 4th Monday :  Newsletter & pix, for general public
  • 5th Monday : PATRONPALOOZA (special features, usually for a limited time)
Rewards
AMIGO
$1 or more per month
Support John's writing!
+ monthly newsletter
+ patron-only bonus content, such as: outlines, world-building notes, maps, character sketches.
+ Surprises and extras every Patronapalooza
READER
$2 or more per month
A free story every month.
+ unlimited access to the story archive
+ all previous rewards
DECIDER
$5 or more per month
Vote in monthly polls on character names, setting details, plot points, upcoming projects, rewards, goals, author life decisions, etc.
+ all previous rewards
TUCK EVERLASTING
$10 or more per month
A chance to have your name and/or description used in stories and books.
+ your name in the acknowledgements of every book published while you are a patron at this level.
+ all previous rewards
BRAIN TRUST
$25 or more per month
Participate in live monthly video chat / Q&A.  
+ your choice of ebook after your first month.
+ one additional ebook of your choice per year.
+ all previous rewards
MEDICI
$40 or more per month
Your choice of book (signed and personalized) after your first month.
+ one additional (signed and personalized book) of your choice per year.
+ all previous rewards
NEO
$111 or more per month
You are the One.  As foretold by The Prophecy, you and only you can save us all.  While you are The One, I will send you a completely unique version of each new book I publish with your name substituted for the protagonist's name.  
+ all previous rewards
Goals
6% complete
READER+ patrons will receive a children's story (or two) each month.
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I quit my job.  I was an assistant professor on the tenure track, teaching and learning about terrorism and other really interesting stuff.  I was making good money and working with great people.  I loved it!  

I also love writing.  And I've had some small success.  Before jumping on the tenure treadmill, I got my first novel published, which was an amazing experience.  Since then, though, I've only been able to manage short stories.  Turns out a tenure-track job in security studies is not super compatible with making up stories about dragons and spaceships and whatnot.  

This is where Patreon comes in.  In previous centuries, writers, artists, and other creators sought out wealthy patrons to support their work.  Today, we can reach out and connect to a multitude of individual patrons.  And even if each of them only pledges a small amount, these little streams of support can flow together into mighty rivers. In other words, Patreon helps writers like me build careers and cultivate our audiences-- on our own terms.

The flexibility this affords is extra important because quitting my academic job means taking on another demanding job: full-time dad to a preschooler, a toddler, and a newborn.  Happily, raising a bunch of awesome little humans is compatible with making up stories.  So that's what I'm doing.

For now, I'll be releasing one story a month via Patreon.  (Plus some other fun stuff-- see the Monthly Schedule, below.)  But I have big plans for what we'll be doing here as more patrons sign up.  (See Goals, on the left-hand menu.)  

So check out the rewards on the right-hand side of the page.  If one of them looks like a good deal to you, click where it says Get Reward.  If you're not sure, try hitting the button on the top left of the page that says Follow.  It doesn't cost you a thing, and it gets you a free copy of my newsletter. 

Your support (whether a pledge or a follow) helps me produce more stories about snarky superhero sidekicks, and extra-dimensional hipster unicorns, and lots of other fun, nerdy things.  So, thank you all. 

^_^ 

JDP
__________________________________________________________

MONTHLY SCHEDULE
  • 1st Monday : Story of the month, for Readers and up
  • 2nd Monday : Bonus content, for Amigos and up
  • 3rd Monday : Poll, for Deciders and up
    • PLUS Brain Trust video chat  (date & time set w/ BT+)
  • 4th Monday :  Newsletter & pix, for general public
  • 5th Monday : PATRONPALOOZA (special features, usually for a limited time)

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Rewards
AMIGO
$1 or more per month
Support John's writing!
+ monthly newsletter
+ patron-only bonus content, such as: outlines, world-building notes, maps, character sketches.
+ Surprises and extras every Patronapalooza
READER
$2 or more per month
A free story every month.
+ unlimited access to the story archive
+ all previous rewards
DECIDER
$5 or more per month
Vote in monthly polls on character names, setting details, plot points, upcoming projects, rewards, goals, author life decisions, etc.
+ all previous rewards
TUCK EVERLASTING
$10 or more per month
A chance to have your name and/or description used in stories and books.
+ your name in the acknowledgements of every book published while you are a patron at this level.
+ all previous rewards
BRAIN TRUST
$25 or more per month
Participate in live monthly video chat / Q&A.  
+ your choice of ebook after your first month.
+ one additional ebook of your choice per year.
+ all previous rewards
MEDICI
$40 or more per month
Your choice of book (signed and personalized) after your first month.
+ one additional (signed and personalized book) of your choice per year.
+ all previous rewards
NEO
$111 or more per month
You are the One.  As foretold by The Prophecy, you and only you can save us all.  While you are The One, I will send you a completely unique version of each new book I publish with your name substituted for the protagonist's name.  
+ all previous rewards