Katie Pryal is creating Stories and Activist Writing
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patrons

Thank you for visiting my Patreon page. I'm so grateful that you are here. I'm an essayist, blogger, small-press author, and activist.

Let's talk about essay writing and activism.


Much of my work focuses on disability rights—in particular the rights of those with psychiatric disabilities—and sexual violence. Sometimes I talk about the two things together. I'm fun at parties.

My work has appeared in The Toast, Motherwell Magazine, Full Grown People, and other venues. Most of these venues—which are wonderful, amazing places to writer for—pay somewhere between nothing and $100. I do not make a living wage from my essays. 

Additionally, I do a lot of timely activist writing for free. This work is crucial when getting the word out quickly is more important than placing it in a big-name journal. Patreon support will allow me to do more fast-paced, activist writing. When I have to make a choice between writing something for money in order to feed my kids and writing something for free that is urgent and will help make the world a better place, I have to choose the first one. Your patronage makes it possible for me to choose the second one. 

In short, your support will help me and the people I work with continue to push the world in the right direction.

Let's talk about fiction writing.


I write #ownvoices fiction about women and men who've been through some real stuff: sexual assault, abuse, mental illness, and more. (To learn more about what #ownvoices means, go to the source:  http://www.corinneduyvis.net/ownvoices/.) I publish exclusively with small presses, and I do not make a lot of money. But these are important stories. 

My most recent novel, FALLOUT GIRL, features a main character who has bipolar disorder. As I wrote in a recent interview about the book: 

I wanted to write a character with a psychiatric disability, in particular, bipolar disorder. As I discuss in the author’s note in the back of the book, it was really important to me to get Miranda’s character right, and to do right by her as a disabled character. Disabled characters rarely get represented in fiction, and when they do, they rarely get represented well.

For example, a disabled person lives her life without contemplating being disabled all the time. If being disabled is a character’s normal, it ceases to be something she constantly thinks about. Just like non-disabled people, a disabled person has stuff to do, like laundry or going to the post office. While she is going to the post office, she is unlikely to be thinking things like this: “I’m a bipolar person going to the post office. As a bipolar person going to the post office, my experience of the world is different than those who are not bipolar people going to the post office.” Probably being bipolar won’t cross her mind at all. Probably she’ll be wondering if the post office takes Amex, or if the line will be long because of the holidays.

But that’s not how disabled folks are usually depicted in fiction or film. Instead, they’re depicted as always talking about or thinking about being disabled. I didn’t want that for Miranda. I wanted to do better than that.


Let's talk about this patreon page.


Right now, my Patreon page is relatively new. To my first, early patrons: you are near and dear to my heart. I will always know who you are, in part because I wrote your names down so that I can give you things as this page grows. 

Even the smallest donors get things. You will get ebooks. I will post, on this page, drafts of novellas and other publications in serial format. They have to be in draft form so that I do not lose the rights to publish them elsewhere. Higher level patrons will receive actual published copies of my books along with access to these early drafts. ALL of my patrons can email me to talk to me about my writing and my work: 

  • Send me ideas for essays and other activist writing.
  • Send me tips about injustices you've observed.
  • Did you find an error in a draft story? OMG please send me that too.
  • Do you just want to chat about a story or essay, you have my email, don't you? 
Isn't it fun to be a patron? Yes indeedy.

I'm constantly updating this page, so check back for more. 

Stay in touch,
Katie

Tiers
Madison Keys
$2 or more per month
I appreciate all my patrons, even if you don't have a lot but still want to help me out. You get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons. 


Most importantly, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Sloane Stephens
$5 or more per month
If you support at the Sloane Stephens tier, you get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons. 


As a thank you, you also get a free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


Most importantly, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Venus Williams
$10 or more per month
If you support at the Venus Williams tier, here's what you get: 


An ebook version of my #ownvoices mental health novella HOW TO STAY, which is also the prequel to my novel FALLOUT GIRL, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/how2stay) 


You get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons, AND the free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


Best of all, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Billie Jean King
$15 or more per month
If you support at the Billie Jean King tier, here's what you get: An ebook version of the first novel in my Hollywood Lights series, ENTANGLEMENT (entanglementnovel.com), 


OR 


An ebook version of LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED (bit.ly/lifeofthemind). Your choice! 


You also get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons, AND the free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


Best of all, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Serena Williams
$25 or more per month
If you support at the Serena Williams tier, here's what you get: 


An ebook version of the Hollywood Lights Box Set #1: that includes ENTANGLEMENT, LOVE AND ENTROPY, AND CHASING CHAOS (hollywoodlightsseries.com)


AND 


An ebook version of LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED (bit.ly/lifeofthemind)


Be sure to let me know which ebook format you prefer.


BUT WAIT! You also get:


Access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons, AND the free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


AND! You also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Althea Gibson
$50 or more per month
Goddess! You are the Queen. I worship you with my writing. 


You get ALL of my novels in ebook format of your choice.


You get an ebook of Life of the Mind Interrupted.


AND 


A signed paperback copy of one of my books—your choice. I will mail it to you. 


You also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!


You also get thanked in the acknowledgments of any book I publish while you are a supporter of my work. 

Thank you for visiting my Patreon page. I'm so grateful that you are here. I'm an essayist, blogger, small-press author, and activist.

Let's talk about essay writing and activism.


Much of my work focuses on disability rights—in particular the rights of those with psychiatric disabilities—and sexual violence. Sometimes I talk about the two things together. I'm fun at parties.

My work has appeared in The Toast, Motherwell Magazine, Full Grown People, and other venues. Most of these venues—which are wonderful, amazing places to writer for—pay somewhere between nothing and $100. I do not make a living wage from my essays. 

Additionally, I do a lot of timely activist writing for free. This work is crucial when getting the word out quickly is more important than placing it in a big-name journal. Patreon support will allow me to do more fast-paced, activist writing. When I have to make a choice between writing something for money in order to feed my kids and writing something for free that is urgent and will help make the world a better place, I have to choose the first one. Your patronage makes it possible for me to choose the second one. 

In short, your support will help me and the people I work with continue to push the world in the right direction.

Let's talk about fiction writing.


I write #ownvoices fiction about women and men who've been through some real stuff: sexual assault, abuse, mental illness, and more. (To learn more about what #ownvoices means, go to the source:  http://www.corinneduyvis.net/ownvoices/.) I publish exclusively with small presses, and I do not make a lot of money. But these are important stories. 

My most recent novel, FALLOUT GIRL, features a main character who has bipolar disorder. As I wrote in a recent interview about the book: 

I wanted to write a character with a psychiatric disability, in particular, bipolar disorder. As I discuss in the author’s note in the back of the book, it was really important to me to get Miranda’s character right, and to do right by her as a disabled character. Disabled characters rarely get represented in fiction, and when they do, they rarely get represented well.

For example, a disabled person lives her life without contemplating being disabled all the time. If being disabled is a character’s normal, it ceases to be something she constantly thinks about. Just like non-disabled people, a disabled person has stuff to do, like laundry or going to the post office. While she is going to the post office, she is unlikely to be thinking things like this: “I’m a bipolar person going to the post office. As a bipolar person going to the post office, my experience of the world is different than those who are not bipolar people going to the post office.” Probably being bipolar won’t cross her mind at all. Probably she’ll be wondering if the post office takes Amex, or if the line will be long because of the holidays.

But that’s not how disabled folks are usually depicted in fiction or film. Instead, they’re depicted as always talking about or thinking about being disabled. I didn’t want that for Miranda. I wanted to do better than that.


Let's talk about this patreon page.


Right now, my Patreon page is relatively new. To my first, early patrons: you are near and dear to my heart. I will always know who you are, in part because I wrote your names down so that I can give you things as this page grows. 

Even the smallest donors get things. You will get ebooks. I will post, on this page, drafts of novellas and other publications in serial format. They have to be in draft form so that I do not lose the rights to publish them elsewhere. Higher level patrons will receive actual published copies of my books along with access to these early drafts. ALL of my patrons can email me to talk to me about my writing and my work: 

  • Send me ideas for essays and other activist writing.
  • Send me tips about injustices you've observed.
  • Did you find an error in a draft story? OMG please send me that too.
  • Do you just want to chat about a story or essay, you have my email, don't you? 
Isn't it fun to be a patron? Yes indeedy.

I'm constantly updating this page, so check back for more. 

Stay in touch,
Katie

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Tiers
Madison Keys
$2 or more per month
I appreciate all my patrons, even if you don't have a lot but still want to help me out. You get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons. 


Most importantly, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Sloane Stephens
$5 or more per month
If you support at the Sloane Stephens tier, you get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons. 


As a thank you, you also get a free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


Most importantly, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Venus Williams
$10 or more per month
If you support at the Venus Williams tier, here's what you get: 


An ebook version of my #ownvoices mental health novella HOW TO STAY, which is also the prequel to my novel FALLOUT GIRL, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/how2stay) 


You get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons, AND the free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


Best of all, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Billie Jean King
$15 or more per month
If you support at the Billie Jean King tier, here's what you get: An ebook version of the first novel in my Hollywood Lights series, ENTANGLEMENT (entanglementnovel.com), 


OR 


An ebook version of LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED (bit.ly/lifeofthemind). Your choice! 


You also get access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons, AND the free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


Best of all, you also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Serena Williams
$25 or more per month
If you support at the Serena Williams tier, here's what you get: 


An ebook version of the Hollywood Lights Box Set #1: that includes ENTANGLEMENT, LOVE AND ENTROPY, AND CHASING CHAOS (hollywoodlightsseries.com)


AND 


An ebook version of LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED (bit.ly/lifeofthemind)


Be sure to let me know which ebook format you prefer.


BUT WAIT! You also get:


Access to all of the private content I post on the blog here for my patrons, AND the free ebook novella of mine, NICE WHEELS, in the ebook format of your choice. (bit.ly/pryalwheels)


AND! You also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!

Althea Gibson
$50 or more per month
Goddess! You are the Queen. I worship you with my writing. 


You get ALL of my novels in ebook format of your choice.


You get an ebook of Life of the Mind Interrupted.


AND 


A signed paperback copy of one of my books—your choice. I will mail it to you. 


You also get access to the early drafts I publish for my patrons, email access to me, access to our patrons-only chats, and sneak-peaks at covers. Yay!


You also get thanked in the acknowledgments of any book I publish while you are a supporter of my work.