Michael W (Warren) Lucas is creating Books. Tech books. Novels. More books. Stories. Articles.
30

patrons

$355
per month
Hi!

I was four years old when I discovered that stories weren't handed down from On High, but created by human beings. Once I found out that you could grow up to be a writer, that's all I wanted.

Well, a writer or an astronaut. If NASA calls, I'm open to negotiations.

I've spent the decades since then working on my writing. I published role-playing games in the early 1990s, veered into technology books in the 2000s, and added science fiction and thrillers in the 2010s. In 2014, I leaped head-first from a cozy career in the technology industry into writing for a living.

Thanks to my fans, I'm doing pretty decent. Life as a writer is wonderful. I set my own hours. I have no meetings, no conference calls. My co-workers have four feet.

Income as a writer? Not so much. Compared to most writers I'm doing great, but compared to my days as a systems administrator or network engineer it's mediocre. The good news is, my expenses have plunged. When you work at home, nobody cares if all your shirts come from conference swag bags. Plus, I've always believed that socks are a tool of the oppressor.

I knew what I was signing up for when I changed careers, and have no complaints. I'm amazed every day that I have enough fans and readers to pay the mortgage.

Still, a little financial stability would be nice. That's where my amazing patrons come in. You reassure me that no matter what happens with royalty checks and sales channels, my light bill gets paid. Which is a wonderful certainty to have.

Thanks for reading this far.

[Note on shipping rewards: depending on book release schedules, I reserve the right to delay books a couple weeks so that I can send multiple books in one mailing. I'll also bundle my occasional print short stories into other shipments, so I don't go broke.]
Rewards
Patron
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
You don't have much, but that's okay.

For a buck a month you'll get access to patron-only updates and my eternal gratitude.
Watch the Sausage Being Made
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
For $5, you'll get my gratitude. You'll get patron-only updates.

And every month, I'll post a chunk of something in progress. It might be from a tech book. Or the opening of my next novel, or an entire short story that nobody's seen yet.

You'll get to see what nobody else sees; my appalling creative process. Not for the faint of heart.
Digital Reader
$10 or more per month 12 patrons
You like me! You really like me!

For $10 a month, you'll get a link to download a digital copy of most of what I publish. You'll get tech books in the IT Mastery series, novels, and stories.

I can only send out what I have the digital rights to. I can't send out ebooks published via No Starch Press, because I don't have those rights. (As in, you don't get Absolute FreeBSD.) But you'll get a copy of everything that comes from Tilted Windmill Press.

Plus, of course, you receive the gratitude and updates that the one-dollar and five-dollar supporters get.
Digital Supporter
$20 or more per month 4 of 100 patrons
You not only like my work, you want people to know you like my work.

That's why I'll put your name in the back of the electronic edition of most of my full-length books, as an Author Supporter. I can only do this for books I have the rights to, e.g., Tilted Windmill Press titles. This applies to novels and tech books, not short stories.

You'll get a download link for a copy of everything that I write that I have rights to, patron-only updates, and even more gratitude.
Print Reader
$50 or more per month 1 patron
You like me so much, you want my name on your bookshelf. And you want to put those books in your living room, so that visitors can admire your taste in literature. You get a print copy of everything I publish in print while you're a Patron.

EVERYTHING.

Signed.

If a book costs over $40 list, you'll need to be a patron for at least two months to receive this reward. (I need to purchase those books.)

Plus ebook versions and patron-only updates, of course.
Career Supporter
$100 or more per month 1 of 50 patrons
You don't merely like me. You want everyone who buys any of my books, in any format, to know that you like me.

Your name will go into every book I write, in both print and ebook. Depending on the publisher, this might be in the Acknowledgements or in a special section where you're designated as a Career Supporter.

I'll ship you a copy of everything I publish.

You'll get a link to download ebook editions as well.

And patron-only updates.

And a pony!

No--wait. No pony. Sorry.
Goals
$355 of $1,000 per month
For a mere $1000/month, I will continue writing a wide variety of stuff.

I will, however, abstain from writing firewall porn.
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Hi!

I was four years old when I discovered that stories weren't handed down from On High, but created by human beings. Once I found out that you could grow up to be a writer, that's all I wanted.

Well, a writer or an astronaut. If NASA calls, I'm open to negotiations.

I've spent the decades since then working on my writing. I published role-playing games in the early 1990s, veered into technology books in the 2000s, and added science fiction and thrillers in the 2010s. In 2014, I leaped head-first from a cozy career in the technology industry into writing for a living.

Thanks to my fans, I'm doing pretty decent. Life as a writer is wonderful. I set my own hours. I have no meetings, no conference calls. My co-workers have four feet.

Income as a writer? Not so much. Compared to most writers I'm doing great, but compared to my days as a systems administrator or network engineer it's mediocre. The good news is, my expenses have plunged. When you work at home, nobody cares if all your shirts come from conference swag bags. Plus, I've always believed that socks are a tool of the oppressor.

I knew what I was signing up for when I changed careers, and have no complaints. I'm amazed every day that I have enough fans and readers to pay the mortgage.

Still, a little financial stability would be nice. That's where my amazing patrons come in. You reassure me that no matter what happens with royalty checks and sales channels, my light bill gets paid. Which is a wonderful certainty to have.

Thanks for reading this far.

[Note on shipping rewards: depending on book release schedules, I reserve the right to delay books a couple weeks so that I can send multiple books in one mailing. I'll also bundle my occasional print short stories into other shipments, so I don't go broke.]

Recent posts by Michael W (Warren) Lucas

Rewards
Patron
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
You don't have much, but that's okay.

For a buck a month you'll get access to patron-only updates and my eternal gratitude.
Watch the Sausage Being Made
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
For $5, you'll get my gratitude. You'll get patron-only updates.

And every month, I'll post a chunk of something in progress. It might be from a tech book. Or the opening of my next novel, or an entire short story that nobody's seen yet.

You'll get to see what nobody else sees; my appalling creative process. Not for the faint of heart.
Digital Reader
$10 or more per month 12 patrons
You like me! You really like me!

For $10 a month, you'll get a link to download a digital copy of most of what I publish. You'll get tech books in the IT Mastery series, novels, and stories.

I can only send out what I have the digital rights to. I can't send out ebooks published via No Starch Press, because I don't have those rights. (As in, you don't get Absolute FreeBSD.) But you'll get a copy of everything that comes from Tilted Windmill Press.

Plus, of course, you receive the gratitude and updates that the one-dollar and five-dollar supporters get.
Digital Supporter
$20 or more per month 4 of 100 patrons
You not only like my work, you want people to know you like my work.

That's why I'll put your name in the back of the electronic edition of most of my full-length books, as an Author Supporter. I can only do this for books I have the rights to, e.g., Tilted Windmill Press titles. This applies to novels and tech books, not short stories.

You'll get a download link for a copy of everything that I write that I have rights to, patron-only updates, and even more gratitude.
Print Reader
$50 or more per month 1 patron
You like me so much, you want my name on your bookshelf. And you want to put those books in your living room, so that visitors can admire your taste in literature. You get a print copy of everything I publish in print while you're a Patron.

EVERYTHING.

Signed.

If a book costs over $40 list, you'll need to be a patron for at least two months to receive this reward. (I need to purchase those books.)

Plus ebook versions and patron-only updates, of course.
Career Supporter
$100 or more per month 1 of 50 patrons
You don't merely like me. You want everyone who buys any of my books, in any format, to know that you like me.

Your name will go into every book I write, in both print and ebook. Depending on the publisher, this might be in the Acknowledgements or in a special section where you're designated as a Career Supporter.

I'll ship you a copy of everything I publish.

You'll get a link to download ebook editions as well.

And patron-only updates.

And a pony!

No--wait. No pony. Sorry.