Rachel Devenish Ford is creating Journey Mama blog posts and a life of writing fiction.
15

patrons

$66
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I'm Rae, the Journey Mama, mother of five, author and wanderer.

I've been writing at Journey Mama since 2005, telling stories of motherhood and travel, things that drive me crazy and things that make me want to sing. I write books and poems and fantastical things. I write hope, humor and beauty as well as deep sad things that need to be spoken. I write with diverse, under-served characters who speak truth in a world that sometimes seems to be losing its marbles.

I'll be publishing my eighth and ninth books this year and have traveled many places and had three more children (bringing the grand total to five) since I started writing. Thousands of people have read my honest writing and many have written to tell me that it has changed their lives. I've met beautiful people who read the blog or my books and have even stayed with them in their homes (thank you!) during my travels. 

Over the years, writing has become one of the main ways we support our family. We are volunteers in our non-profit organization, and I feel that I'm often scrambling for other sources of income and stealing from my writing time. I self publish my books and my income isn't stable or nearly sufficient. There are always dentist visits and trips to the hospital. As I've been focusing on generating income, my blog has suffered from lack of time. I'm asking for patrons, people who love my writing and art, to support my writing so I can continue putting stories and posts into the world for years to come. 

Here are some projects I want to work on in the near future:

  • The fourth book in the World Whisperer Series
  • A sequel to my novel, A Traveler's Guide to Belonging
  • A book of poems and essays
  • A devotional
  • The fourth book in the Journey Mama Writings Series
  • At least 8 blog posts per month
  • Making all of my books into audiobooks. 
  • A children's book, co-written with Kenya, my illustrator daughter
As you can see, I never run out of ideas. I only run out of time. Will you help me carve out time?

I wouldn't be on this journey without my readers and fans, so thank you with all my heart for your support, time spent reading, and caring about these words I'm tossing out into the world. They come back to me with love and understanding.
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month- All the fish in the sea love you!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Ask me anything! I'll create a monthly special Q and A post for questions you send me (let me know you're a patron) that is only accessible by patrons!
Pledge $3 or more a month- Otters and Seals are your best friends!
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Oooh, day in the life. At this level, you get access to a special Day in the Life blog post, filled with pictures and snippets of daily life in Journey Mama style.
Pledge $5 a month- Dolphins want to know why you're so cool.
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
What? Patrons at this level get all of my books free in ebook form, as soon as they are released. Your names will be in the acknowledgements of books that come out while you are a patron. And everything the fish, otters and seals get as well. 
Pledge $10 a month- Blue Whales are ordering what you got to eat.
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Patrons! Really! You are incredible, you know you are! How else would Blue Whales be paying attention to you? At this level you get to see my poetry before anyone else, as well as periodic draft chapters that no one else sees! 
Pledge $25 a month- Narwhals offer you tasty treats of their own making.
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level, in addition to everything else in the lower ocean tiers, you get my ebooks before they're officially published, and a signed paperback once I have them available. 
Pledge $50 per month- Mermaids all want legs so they can hang out with you.
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Stop it now, you are nuts. Mermaids are forsaking the sea in droves. At this level you get all my other rewards, as well as a chapbook at the end of a year, made of poems and some of the patron only posts and photographs. 
Pledge $100 or more per month- The Ocean sings your name in its wave song.
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You, I don't even know what to say to you. At this level you get everything else, and my Superstar Husband, Chinua and I will write a song that features you and send you a video of us singing it together. Yeah, you don't know what you're getting into with this one.
Goals
$66 of $500 per month
If I reach $500 per month, I'll create a wild Journey Mama video with my son Leafy and as many of my other children as I can wrangle into joining. It will be all of our goofiness in living color! Yes, you do want it in your life!
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I'm Rae, the Journey Mama, mother of five, author and wanderer.

I've been writing at Journey Mama since 2005, telling stories of motherhood and travel, things that drive me crazy and things that make me want to sing. I write books and poems and fantastical things. I write hope, humor and beauty as well as deep sad things that need to be spoken. I write with diverse, under-served characters who speak truth in a world that sometimes seems to be losing its marbles.

I'll be publishing my eighth and ninth books this year and have traveled many places and had three more children (bringing the grand total to five) since I started writing. Thousands of people have read my honest writing and many have written to tell me that it has changed their lives. I've met beautiful people who read the blog or my books and have even stayed with them in their homes (thank you!) during my travels. 

Over the years, writing has become one of the main ways we support our family. We are volunteers in our non-profit organization, and I feel that I'm often scrambling for other sources of income and stealing from my writing time. I self publish my books and my income isn't stable or nearly sufficient. There are always dentist visits and trips to the hospital. As I've been focusing on generating income, my blog has suffered from lack of time. I'm asking for patrons, people who love my writing and art, to support my writing so I can continue putting stories and posts into the world for years to come. 

Here are some projects I want to work on in the near future:

  • The fourth book in the World Whisperer Series
  • A sequel to my novel, A Traveler's Guide to Belonging
  • A book of poems and essays
  • A devotional
  • The fourth book in the Journey Mama Writings Series
  • At least 8 blog posts per month
  • Making all of my books into audiobooks. 
  • A children's book, co-written with Kenya, my illustrator daughter
As you can see, I never run out of ideas. I only run out of time. Will you help me carve out time?

I wouldn't be on this journey without my readers and fans, so thank you with all my heart for your support, time spent reading, and caring about these words I'm tossing out into the world. They come back to me with love and understanding.

Recent posts by Rachel Devenish Ford

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month- All the fish in the sea love you!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Ask me anything! I'll create a monthly special Q and A post for questions you send me (let me know you're a patron) that is only accessible by patrons!
Pledge $3 or more a month- Otters and Seals are your best friends!
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Oooh, day in the life. At this level, you get access to a special Day in the Life blog post, filled with pictures and snippets of daily life in Journey Mama style.
Pledge $5 a month- Dolphins want to know why you're so cool.
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
What? Patrons at this level get all of my books free in ebook form, as soon as they are released. Your names will be in the acknowledgements of books that come out while you are a patron. And everything the fish, otters and seals get as well. 
Pledge $10 a month- Blue Whales are ordering what you got to eat.
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Patrons! Really! You are incredible, you know you are! How else would Blue Whales be paying attention to you? At this level you get to see my poetry before anyone else, as well as periodic draft chapters that no one else sees! 
Pledge $25 a month- Narwhals offer you tasty treats of their own making.
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level, in addition to everything else in the lower ocean tiers, you get my ebooks before they're officially published, and a signed paperback once I have them available. 
Pledge $50 per month- Mermaids all want legs so they can hang out with you.
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
Stop it now, you are nuts. Mermaids are forsaking the sea in droves. At this level you get all my other rewards, as well as a chapbook at the end of a year, made of poems and some of the patron only posts and photographs. 
Pledge $100 or more per month- The Ocean sings your name in its wave song.
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You, I don't even know what to say to you. At this level you get everything else, and my Superstar Husband, Chinua and I will write a song that features you and send you a video of us singing it together. Yeah, you don't know what you're getting into with this one.