Leah Angstman is creating a novel of 1792 Paris
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patrons

$23
per month

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

—Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

Welcome. I have built this page in order to achieve something few writers ever get to claim: financial security. Virginia Woolf said a woman needs a room of her own and 500 pounds per year. I have the room, but up until now, I assumed the rest of it meant pounds of candy. But if you like my writing, like me as a person, or just want to help me succeed with new ideas, please consider donating as a patron, making a recurring payment of any amount each month to keep me going with my projects. (Think of it this way: Would you buy me a coffee? Donate $2 per month. Would you buy me a cheap shot of well? Donate $4 per month.)

The fact of the matter is that writing is a rocky road. The "arts" are often floundering. Most publications don't pay. Book advances are small and disappear fast. Royalty checks are tiny. A writer can't count on anything stable from month to month. With your help, I can change that uncertainty for myself. And in exchange, you'll get exclusive posts, sneak peeks, beta reads, unpublished work, historical research, and more that only patrons have private access to. This is a way for me to reach my biggest "fans" or audience most intimately, and directly, to share with you my new creations and ideas instantly and personally. It's a way for us to be a community, to engage with one another throughout my process. I love you and appreciate you and want to be close to you: this platform helps us stay connected and engaged, and it lets me reach you on a personal level, and THAT IS AWESOME.

And as much as I hope for financial freedom to be able to create unique work for the rest of my life, I also kinda sorta hope there's pounds of candy in it somewhere, too.


How does it work?

Patreon is a good, reputable service for ongoing support of creative projects and artists. You pledge an amount, and it is automatically deducted from your card at the beginning of every month. You can cancel or resume at any time, or change your reward tier for the future when you win the lottery. (Pssst! There are reward tiers on the right that come with some awesome stuff!) Patreon takes a small bit for processing, but still, every dollar helps, and it all adds up.


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Leah Angstman

is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award judged by Charles Martin, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has earned four Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Alternating Current Press and a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, The Adirondack Review, Atticus Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Slice Magazine, and Shenandoah.
Tiers
The Debut
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content, posts, polls, exclusive reads, news, and announcements, including giveaways and daily writing goals tracking
  • Exclusive posts about my history research
Sophomore Slump
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive, unpublished, brand new poem every week
  • Exclusive notes on my current projects, voting on future pieces
  • Exclusive private-community access
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Charm
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive, unpublished new short story every month.
  • Early access to book purchases, when available
  • Audio files of me reading my work
  • Plus all previous rewards
Four Score
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive weekly column: "Behind the Other Desk." HIGHLY sought-after info for writers & submitters from this week in the publishing scene. Query do's & don'ts, real-life submission bloopers, ins & outs of agenting, editing, publishing, common mistakes of writers, workshopping, & more. This is the stuff that writers & readers ask me CONSTANTLY, and here it is, for you.
  • Early access to event tickets
  • Q&A and workshopping videos
  • Private book club discussion access
  • Plus all previous rewards
Five-Finger Discount
$5 or more per month 1 patron
  • Acknowledgment on website
  • Hi-res wallpaper of all book covers and promo items
  • Webcast/livestreaming of readings, workshops, interviews, promotional appearances
  • Set of bookmarks for each book or project
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Six-Pack
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Poem about a topic of your choice
  • Be a beta reader and see early galleys of all books
  • Signed digital poster
  • Access to extra material not included in the books
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Dime Novel
$10 or more per month 1 patron
  • Digital copies of all my books as they come available
  • Acknowledgment in book
  • Donation listed in honor/memory of someone on my website
  • Plus all previous rewards
Colonial Consent
$15 or more per month 1 patron
  • Name a character or an animal in a piece of writing
  • Video/Skype workshop or discussion with your class, school, club, or group
  • Digitally autographed personalized bookplates for each book
  • Plus all previous rewards
Postcards from the Edge
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Autographed and personalized handmade one-of-a-kind bookplate for every book
  • Set of buttons for every book
  • Postcards handwritten and sent from the places I go; some weird, quirky antique cards, art cards, or postcards from each of my books or time periods
  • Plus all previous rewards
Drawn & Quartered
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • A personally signed hard copy of every book
  • Limited-edition handmade broadside for every book
  • The "Surprise Package": random cool digital surprises
  • Plus all previous rewards
Shades of Gr[a]y
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Personalized video message
  • Guestlist priority for any event, reading, interview (whenever I am able)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Years of Solitude
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • One hand-picked ephemera, historical, and/or book-related swag package every month
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Mentor
$300 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
  • Personal mentor: We'll work on your submissions, edits, query letters, publicity, etc., and address any questions or concerns you have at any step of your own writing process, in calls or emails
  • No other physical previous rewards, but you'll get all the patron-only post content
The Great Escape
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • We'll hang out, hike the Rockies, drink bourbon, or do pretty much whatever you'd like, within legal and moral reason
  • Your sponsorship prominently featured on my website
  • Plus all previous rewards
A Room of Her Own
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You would seriously be a godsend and provide me with financial freedom, so whoever you are, moneybags, you name whatever I can do for you, within legal and moral reason
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$23 of $40 per month
This amount buys a bag of food for my German Shepherd intern, Napoleon, or buys basic monthly supplies that I need: reams of paper, toner cartridges, Pilot G-2 0.38 pens, Internet connection. It gives me the freedom to keep being a literary citizen and member of the lit community with book reviews/hybrid historical essays, managing The Coilinterviews, and more. It's lowballing it, but I want to make this a small goal so that we can reach something feasible.

If we reach this goal, I will post an exclusive patrons-only sample of my current work-in-progress, AND a patrons-only video of my dog jumping for joy, which will be hilarious and worth it; trust me.

1 of 2

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

—Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

Welcome. I have built this page in order to achieve something few writers ever get to claim: financial security. Virginia Woolf said a woman needs a room of her own and 500 pounds per year. I have the room, but up until now, I assumed the rest of it meant pounds of candy. But if you like my writing, like me as a person, or just want to help me succeed with new ideas, please consider donating as a patron, making a recurring payment of any amount each month to keep me going with my projects. (Think of it this way: Would you buy me a coffee? Donate $2 per month. Would you buy me a cheap shot of well? Donate $4 per month.)

The fact of the matter is that writing is a rocky road. The "arts" are often floundering. Most publications don't pay. Book advances are small and disappear fast. Royalty checks are tiny. A writer can't count on anything stable from month to month. With your help, I can change that uncertainty for myself. And in exchange, you'll get exclusive posts, sneak peeks, beta reads, unpublished work, historical research, and more that only patrons have private access to. This is a way for me to reach my biggest "fans" or audience most intimately, and directly, to share with you my new creations and ideas instantly and personally. It's a way for us to be a community, to engage with one another throughout my process. I love you and appreciate you and want to be close to you: this platform helps us stay connected and engaged, and it lets me reach you on a personal level, and THAT IS AWESOME.

And as much as I hope for financial freedom to be able to create unique work for the rest of my life, I also kinda sorta hope there's pounds of candy in it somewhere, too.


How does it work?

Patreon is a good, reputable service for ongoing support of creative projects and artists. You pledge an amount, and it is automatically deducted from your card at the beginning of every month. You can cancel or resume at any time, or change your reward tier for the future when you win the lottery. (Pssst! There are reward tiers on the right that come with some awesome stuff!) Patreon takes a small bit for processing, but still, every dollar helps, and it all adds up.


------------------------------------------

Leah Angstman

is a historian and transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award, and is a two-time Top 10 Finalist for the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, judged once by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth and once by Ray McManus. Her writing has been a recent placed finalist in the Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press, Able Muse Book Award judged by Charles Martin, Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction from Washington & Lee University, Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition in both Poetry and Fiction categories, Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, Baltimore Science Fiction Society Poetry Contest, and West Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. She has earned four Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Alternating Current Press and a fiction and nonfiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, The Adirondack Review, Atticus Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Slice Magazine, and Shenandoah.

Recent posts by Leah Angstman

Tiers
The Debut
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content, posts, polls, exclusive reads, news, and announcements, including giveaways and daily writing goals tracking
  • Exclusive posts about my history research
Sophomore Slump
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive, unpublished, brand new poem every week
  • Exclusive notes on my current projects, voting on future pieces
  • Exclusive private-community access
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Charm
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive, unpublished new short story every month.
  • Early access to book purchases, when available
  • Audio files of me reading my work
  • Plus all previous rewards
Four Score
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive weekly column: "Behind the Other Desk." HIGHLY sought-after info for writers & submitters from this week in the publishing scene. Query do's & don'ts, real-life submission bloopers, ins & outs of agenting, editing, publishing, common mistakes of writers, workshopping, & more. This is the stuff that writers & readers ask me CONSTANTLY, and here it is, for you.
  • Early access to event tickets
  • Q&A and workshopping videos
  • Private book club discussion access
  • Plus all previous rewards
Five-Finger Discount
$5 or more per month 1 patron
  • Acknowledgment on website
  • Hi-res wallpaper of all book covers and promo items
  • Webcast/livestreaming of readings, workshops, interviews, promotional appearances
  • Set of bookmarks for each book or project
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Six-Pack
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Poem about a topic of your choice
  • Be a beta reader and see early galleys of all books
  • Signed digital poster
  • Access to extra material not included in the books
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Dime Novel
$10 or more per month 1 patron
  • Digital copies of all my books as they come available
  • Acknowledgment in book
  • Donation listed in honor/memory of someone on my website
  • Plus all previous rewards
Colonial Consent
$15 or more per month 1 patron
  • Name a character or an animal in a piece of writing
  • Video/Skype workshop or discussion with your class, school, club, or group
  • Digitally autographed personalized bookplates for each book
  • Plus all previous rewards
Postcards from the Edge
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Autographed and personalized handmade one-of-a-kind bookplate for every book
  • Set of buttons for every book
  • Postcards handwritten and sent from the places I go; some weird, quirky antique cards, art cards, or postcards from each of my books or time periods
  • Plus all previous rewards
Drawn & Quartered
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • A personally signed hard copy of every book
  • Limited-edition handmade broadside for every book
  • The "Surprise Package": random cool digital surprises
  • Plus all previous rewards
Shades of Gr[a]y
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Personalized video message
  • Guestlist priority for any event, reading, interview (whenever I am able)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Years of Solitude
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • One hand-picked ephemera, historical, and/or book-related swag package every month
  • Plus all previous rewards
The Mentor
$300 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
  • Personal mentor: We'll work on your submissions, edits, query letters, publicity, etc., and address any questions or concerns you have at any step of your own writing process, in calls or emails
  • No other physical previous rewards, but you'll get all the patron-only post content
The Great Escape
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • We'll hang out, hike the Rockies, drink bourbon, or do pretty much whatever you'd like, within legal and moral reason
  • Your sponsorship prominently featured on my website
  • Plus all previous rewards
A Room of Her Own
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You would seriously be a godsend and provide me with financial freedom, so whoever you are, moneybags, you name whatever I can do for you, within legal and moral reason
  • Plus all previous rewards