Lily Meade

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Thank you so much! Every dollar (and I mean EVERY single one) truly helps me, my family, and all my creative endeavors.

This level gets you access to my patron stream, which keeps you up to date on everything you're helping me create.


It also gives you access to an exclusive monthly writing calendar printable! I designed this calendar to help you plan and reach your word count goals, no matter what or how much you need to write!


Twice the Thanks!

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Nothing extra, but twice my love! Every dollar means the world to me, so technically this pledge is worth a whole extra planet!*


*Travel to said extra planet not included.

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For the price of an ebook on sale, this level grants you early (!) access to all* new videos on my public Youtube channel.

This tier includes:

  • New! Early access to new youtube videos, three days in advance.
  • Monthly writing calendar downloads.

*The only time I can't promise early access is if a video is very time sensitive or rushed, aka conceptualized, scripted, filmed, edited, and uploaded all with the span of a day or so.

Sticker Pal!

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For the price of paperback book, this level gets you an exclusive Patreon patron badge sticker!

This tier includes:
  • New! Patron Reward Sticker
  • Early access to new youtube videos, three days in advance.
  • Monthly writing calendar downloads.
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For less than the price of a hardcover book, this level grants you the entire year's worth of printable goal calendars at once! Plan ahead and never worry about needing to wait for next month's PDF!


This tier includes:

  • New! Full year calendar downloads at once.
  • Patreon Badge Sticker.
  • Early access to new youtube videos, three days in advance.
  • Monthly writing calendar downloads.
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Tote-ally Cool!

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Carry your books with passion in this exclusive Life By Fiction tote bag!

Plus all previous perks!

This tier includes:
  • New! Exclusive tote bag!
  • Patron Badge Sticker
  • Early access to new youtube videos, three days in advance.
  • Monthly writing calendar downloads.
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  • Exclusive Sticker - Share the story with this Life By Fiction logo sticker!
  • Exclusive Organic Tote Bag - Carry your favorite reads in the Life By Fiction tote bag!

T-Shirt Talent

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Be casually cool in this exclusive Life By Fiction t-shirt!

Plus all previous (non-merch) perks!

This tier includes:
  • New! Exclusive t-shirt!
  • Patron Badge Sticker
  • Early access to new youtube videos, three days in advance.
  • Monthly writing calendar downloads.
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  • Exclusive T-shirt - Be casually cool in this Life By Fiction t-shirt!
  • Exclusive Sticker - Share the story with this Life By Fiction logo sticker!

Invest In Me

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At this level, please know that I understand you are making a serious investment in me as a creator as well as just a person in general. Though I have no published novels yet, patronage at this level promises you a personalized signed author's copy of any future novels published during your patronage, sent with a handwritten letter detailing my gratitude and pride in what you helped me create.

Plus an exclusive hoodie and all previous (non-merch) perks!

Limited because potential author copies would also come in a limited number and to reward early patronage.

This tier includes:
  • New! Personalized signed early author copy of future published novels and handwritten gratitude letter.
  • Named in acknowledgments of future published novels.
  • Patron Badge Sticker
  • Early access to new youtube videos, three days in advance.
  • Monthly writing calendar downloads.
Exclusive Merch
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  • Exclusive Sticker - Share the story with this Life By Fiction logo sticker!
  • Exclusive Hoodie - Stay cozy and inspired in the Life By Fiction hoodie!

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About Lily Meade



WHAT IS THIS? 


Patreon is an crowdfunding membership platform. It allows you to pledge money to someone creating something you are interested in on a monthly basis (you can cancel or edit your pledge anytime!).

This consistent source of income helps allow a creator devote more time to creating the things you love!

If you like the idea of supporting me as a creator, but can't afford a monthly subscription (or just want to make a one time donation!) I also have a ko-fi account.

WHO ARE YOU? 


My name is Lily Meade. I am a young adult author represented by the incredible Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary. My writing has been published in Bustle and Teen Vogue.

My main form of creative public content (and what you’d be supporting on this patreon) is youtube videos. I talk about writing, books, activism, and my life on my YouTube channel.

I believe stories have power.

My goal in creating videos has always been to share my passion and joy for writing as well as share what I know or have learned in an accessible and approachable way.

I strive to live by the motto of a life inspired by fiction. I come from a background of extreme poverty (I've been homeless twice!) and live with a chronic illness, so I know just how powerful hope can be when you're on a difficult journey.

 WHAT IS YOUR NEED? HOW DOES PATREON HELP? 


I have nuerofibromitosis, a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow on nerves as well as chronic migraines. The tumors are typically benign (if sometimes painful), but the migraines are very debilitating. I've been dealing with them daily since I was a teenager and my health makes it very difficult for me to work a typical job.

Part of the reason I adore writing and making youtube videos is that my schedule is flexible. I can work as much as I can when I'm healthy and I have a little more safety in my timeline if I fall ill. However, both of these passions take a while to build into a livable income. Patreon is a way for fans of my work to support the work they enjoy/learn from.

Several times in the past, I've had to take long breaks from making videos or writing because of intense financial stressors. When I became homeless, my biggest fear was not that we wouldn't find a home, but that I'd never be able to return to writing.

In 2019, I relived this fear when our landlord told us in early spring that his company wasn’t planning on renewing our lease due to increasing government regulations and rising gentrification in our neighborhood (our house was the only property they hadn’t raised the rent on or sold, most other landlords in the area were selling their homes to wealthy transplants). We spent all year fundraising, trying to improve our credit, and exploring any option to save our home.

I couldn’t focus on YouTube, my novel, or any creative or money making pursuit. Every day was about survival.

At the end of the year, we met with our landlord again and showed him what we’d raised and how badly we loved our home and wanted to stay. He didn’t want us on the street either, but the only way he could convince his partners to let us stay would be to raise the rent. He hadn’t proposed it earlier because he feared, rightly, that because of the increasing government budget cuts that Section 8, the housing authority that helps us with our payments, would not cover the increase like they would in prior administrations. That turned out to be the case. To stay in our home, we need to come up with an additional $500 in rent each month—nearly double our current payment.

That is a scary number, but we would hemorrhage more money than that living on the street or in motels and it would cost at least that much in rent alone individually if we split up (before adding in addition utilities and living expenses). We wouldn’t be able to find a better deal on the open market, partially because there is no renters market in our city right now. $500 to stay together, in a safe and protected neighborhood, with our dogs? It’s a worthy trade to avoid worse sacrifices.

My whole family is doubling down on finances and budgeting, but doubling our rent payment is still a challenge. As mentioned above, my own disability greatly limits my work opportunities. Patreon can help me afford to prioritize my passion and create things for you! Pledging to me not only helps me continue to create for you, but also helps me contribute to my family and help us stay in our home.



REWARDS:


In designing my reward tiers, I wanted my reward levels to scale in a way that assigned a lot of value at a reasonable price point. You can check them out in the column on the right.

I priced them based upon things I like indulging in and tried my best to offer exciting perks at affordable prices.

One of the perks I'm the most excited about is also the most accessible!

I've designed a monthly word count tracking calendar that you can download and print as many times as you like for as many projects as you need!

It's designed to help you plan and track your writing productivity no matter what you write!

The best part is that each level builds upon itself! Picking a higher level instantly grants you access to all the perks below it!



GOALS:


I was inspired by the way NK Jemisin has structured her Patreon. I really love that as long as it maintains a certain goal level she allows all patrons access to most perks.

This allows me the same benefits at $1 as if I had donated $25. I’ve learned a lot by being her patron and I’ve been able to do so for a year because it’s at a price point I can afford. $1 may not seem like a lot, but she has over 700 patrons split between her $1 and $2 tiers, so I promise it adds up.

I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the fence, wanting so badly to be a part of something but not having the means to do it. That was really big problem for me in starting Patreon in the beginning. I hated the idea of holding things from people who couldn’t afford it.

As we hit and sustain certain goal amounts, one-by-one each of the lower level perks levels unlock for ALL PATRONS, even those who can only afford $1 a month. You can check them out in the column on the left. Eventually, all of my lower priced tiers could be unlocked for all patrons!

This is a win-win situation, because the more sustainable the income from this Patreon is, the more time I can dedicate to creating things to share with you!



My ultimate goal would to be in a position to help others the way people have helped me. I know exactly what if feels like to be entirely consumed by the impulse to create things and inspire and help others, but not be able to do anything about it because there's too many other things weighing you down. I know what it's like to cry yourself to sleep at night because you think you're never going to get out of debt. I know what it's like to sleep in a car in a Walmart parking lot, unsure if you will even be alive in a month's time.

I know what it's like to be at the very bottom.

I will always want to help someone else climb up.

My deepest wish for this Patreon is that it helps me pay it forward.

Goals
$315.37 of $500 per month


$500 is exactly the amount we need to cover our doubled rent cost. I would not be able to cover homeless debt repayment and video/web expenses if I handed over all of this to the family fund each month, but I would be able to contribute a much larger portion to family needs.



At $500, to thank you for helping me reach this goal, I will launch a podcast archive of my YouTube channel (and all future posts) so you can listen on the go or in your favorite podcast app. This will be available for free to anyone in order to improve accessibility, patron or not. 

This is on top of:
  • Editing My Old Writing analysis post (a $10 post) unlocked to ALL PATRONS
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 47 exclusive posts
108
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Writings
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Videos

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