Monica Byrne is creating worlds.
482

patrons

$2,505
per month
I'm a writer, playwright, feminist, futurist, artist, and traveler. My salary comes from my sustainers, who receive my work in exchange for their support. 

What are you working on?
I'm finishing The Actual Star, an epic novel that spans two thousand years, from the collapse of ancient Maya civilization to the founding of a global utopian religion that results from massive climate change. My art is my activism. I imagine new worlds.  

What have you done before?
My debut novel The Girl in the Road was published by Penguin Random House, won the 2015 James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was listed for the Locus Awards, the Kitschie Awards, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. I hosted a futurist series for ViceUK about cyborgsimmortality, and meditation. I gave the first science fiction TED Talk on the Vancouver main stage in February 2016. My fictional work has been described as literary science fiction, magical realism, dystopian, utopian, and progressive fantasy; I've published stories in Tor.comThe BafflerThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionShimmerKaaterskill Basin JournalOutlook SpringsGargoyleFantasy Magazine, and Electric Velocipede. I've worked with award-winning editors C. C. Finlay, Ann VanderMeer, Beth Meacham, John Klima, Mahvesh Murad, Jared Shurin, Monica Louzon, Kat Howard, Rachel Swirsky, and Zack Wagman. My plays Nightwork, What Every Girl Should Know, and Tarantino's Yellow Speedo have been produced in New York, Washington D.C., Berkeley, Durham, Tucson, Boston, and many more cities.

Why are the tiers named after dead Italians?
All the tiers are named after prominent Medicis! For centuries, the Medicis were the most famous art patrons in Europe. Their early patronage was one of the major factors that led to the Renaissance. You can read more about them here

What do I get for becoming a patron?
Look at the column to the right of your screen! -------------->
The tiers are progressive. That means at each new tier, you get everything PLUS something extra. ALL patrons get access to my stream of exclusive photos, missives, and extras, plus all of my new short stories.

Already convinced? YAY! Click this button, top right. 


No, I have a few more questions!
Awesome! Shoot.

What if I just want to donate, without signing up for the whole Patreon thing?
Go here, or find me at @monica-byrne-3 on Venmo, or under [email protected] on PayPal. Thank you SO much.

You say this is a new economic model for artists. How?
If Kickstarter is a one-night stand, Patreon is going steady. It's an ongoing, direct support relationship between the artist and her fans.

I'm convinced! I want to be a patron!
HOORAY! Go click this button in the top right-hand corner. 



Tiers
ANNA DE MEDICI
$1 or more per month 137 patrons
You get access to my patron-only stream, my Lens stream, and every new short story in your preferred e-reading format.


SALVESTRO DE MEDICI
$2 or more per month 101 patrons
Everything above, plus an e-postcard from my travels on the first of each month.


BIANCA DE MEDICI
$3 or more per month 68 patrons
Everything above, plus a Process Diary series about how I make my art, and The Vault series of goodies from my years as a baby artist. 

 

LEOPOLDO DE MEDICI
$5 or more per month 122 patrons
Everything above, plus every new story in audiobook format.



ELEONORA DE MEDICI
$10 or more per month 53 patrons
Everything above, plus a print book of each new story.


COSIMO DE MEDICI
$25 or more per month 18 patrons
Everything above, plus a handmade, signed, one-of-a-kind bookmark (within three months!).

 


MADDALENA DE MEDICI
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
Everything above, plus your choice of any of my past art prints (within three months!).


ALESSANDRO DE MEDICI
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Everything above, plus you get to commission a new story. Wondering what that means? We'll talk ;)


CATHERINE DE MEDICI
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Everything above, plus you get to commission an original work of art from me. We'll confer on color palette, motifs, themes, and lettering, and you'll receive an original signed work within six months of your pledge date. Here's one of my favorite past commissions, below.


Goals
$2,505 of $3,500 per month
$3500 a month is a living wage. If I get to this goal, I'm going to make all of my main work available to the public, free of charge, so that anyone can access it regardless of age, geography, or financial means. If you'd like to make a gift to help me achieve this goal, please write me at [email protected] Thanks so much.


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I'm a writer, playwright, feminist, futurist, artist, and traveler. My salary comes from my sustainers, who receive my work in exchange for their support. 

What are you working on?
I'm finishing The Actual Star, an epic novel that spans two thousand years, from the collapse of ancient Maya civilization to the founding of a global utopian religion that results from massive climate change. My art is my activism. I imagine new worlds.  

What have you done before?
My debut novel The Girl in the Road was published by Penguin Random House, won the 2015 James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was listed for the Locus Awards, the Kitschie Awards, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. I hosted a futurist series for ViceUK about cyborgsimmortality, and meditation. I gave the first science fiction TED Talk on the Vancouver main stage in February 2016. My fictional work has been described as literary science fiction, magical realism, dystopian, utopian, and progressive fantasy; I've published stories in Tor.comThe BafflerThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionShimmerKaaterskill Basin JournalOutlook SpringsGargoyleFantasy Magazine, and Electric Velocipede. I've worked with award-winning editors C. C. Finlay, Ann VanderMeer, Beth Meacham, John Klima, Mahvesh Murad, Jared Shurin, Monica Louzon, Kat Howard, Rachel Swirsky, and Zack Wagman. My plays Nightwork, What Every Girl Should Know, and Tarantino's Yellow Speedo have been produced in New York, Washington D.C., Berkeley, Durham, Tucson, Boston, and many more cities.

Why are the tiers named after dead Italians?
All the tiers are named after prominent Medicis! For centuries, the Medicis were the most famous art patrons in Europe. Their early patronage was one of the major factors that led to the Renaissance. You can read more about them here

What do I get for becoming a patron?
Look at the column to the right of your screen! -------------->
The tiers are progressive. That means at each new tier, you get everything PLUS something extra. ALL patrons get access to my stream of exclusive photos, missives, and extras, plus all of my new short stories.

Already convinced? YAY! Click this button, top right. 


No, I have a few more questions!
Awesome! Shoot.

What if I just want to donate, without signing up for the whole Patreon thing?
Go here, or find me at @monica-byrne-3 on Venmo, or under [email protected] on PayPal. Thank you SO much.

You say this is a new economic model for artists. How?
If Kickstarter is a one-night stand, Patreon is going steady. It's an ongoing, direct support relationship between the artist and her fans.

I'm convinced! I want to be a patron!
HOORAY! Go click this button in the top right-hand corner. 



Recent posts by Monica Byrne

Tiers
ANNA DE MEDICI
$1 or more per month 137 patrons
You get access to my patron-only stream, my Lens stream, and every new short story in your preferred e-reading format.


SALVESTRO DE MEDICI
$2 or more per month 101 patrons
Everything above, plus an e-postcard from my travels on the first of each month.


BIANCA DE MEDICI
$3 or more per month 68 patrons
Everything above, plus a Process Diary series about how I make my art, and The Vault series of goodies from my years as a baby artist. 

 

LEOPOLDO DE MEDICI
$5 or more per month 122 patrons
Everything above, plus every new story in audiobook format.



ELEONORA DE MEDICI
$10 or more per month 53 patrons
Everything above, plus a print book of each new story.


COSIMO DE MEDICI
$25 or more per month 18 patrons
Everything above, plus a handmade, signed, one-of-a-kind bookmark (within three months!).

 


MADDALENA DE MEDICI
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
Everything above, plus your choice of any of my past art prints (within three months!).


ALESSANDRO DE MEDICI
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Everything above, plus you get to commission a new story. Wondering what that means? We'll talk ;)


CATHERINE DE MEDICI
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
Everything above, plus you get to commission an original work of art from me. We'll confer on color palette, motifs, themes, and lettering, and you'll receive an original signed work within six months of your pledge date. Here's one of my favorite past commissions, below.