Michael W (Warren) Lucas

Michael W (Warren) Lucas

is creating Books. Tech books. Novels. More books. Stories. Articles.

54

patrons

$617

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.]
Tiers
Patron
$1 or more per month
You don't have much, but that's okay.

All of my patronizers, even those of you with only a buck, get a few things.

1) The fiction fans get a free story. I'll change the story occasionally.
2) The nonfiction fans get a Unix fortune file, composed of footnotes and quotes from my books. Again, I'll update this occasionally.

3) Patron-only updates

4) My eternal gratitude. It's shallow, yes, but eternal.

Thank you!

Watch the Sausage Being Made
$5 or more per month

For $5, you'll get my gratitude. You'll get patron-only updates. You'll get the short story and fortune file.

And every month, I'll post a patrons-only post discussing where I am in various projects, what's happening, and details I'm not sharing with the greater world. This might include parts of works in progress, pending book covers, or other oddities. Some months I don't; writing books is messier than it should be.

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
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, updates, fortune file, and story that the one-dollar and five-dollar supporters get.
Digital Supporter
$20 or more per month only 95 left
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. Plus the story and fortune file, of cournse.
Print Reader
$50 or more per month
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.)


I'll put your name in full-length books, just as in the "Ebook Supporter" tier.

Plus ebook versions and patron-only updates, of course.

Career Supporter
$100 or more per month only 47 left
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.
What Is Wrong With You?
$250 or more per month

So you like the idea of throwing money down a well, but don't want to pollute the water table? Burning cash increases atmospheric CO2 levels? And using bills as toilet paper wrecks the plumbing?

Send your excess cash to Lucas, who will safely dispose of it in the gelato shop.

This is the daft level, for the true Lucas Loony. You get all the benefits of all lower tiers: your name in books! Defaced--er, *signed* books shipped to you! More books! Books books books! So many... blasted... books.

You also get a special "What Is Wrong With You?" certificate, suitable for framing, with your first shipment books. (Upon Patronizer request, an F-bomb may be added to the title.)

I might also send you something special. Something odd. It depends on what I can find around the house.

There is no sensible reason to choose this level, unless you want to submit your support as evidence in your inevitable competency hearing.

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

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

All of my patronizers, even those of you with only a buck, get a few things.

1) The fiction fans get a free story. I'll change the story occasionally.
2) The nonfiction fans get a Unix fortune file, composed of footnotes and quotes from my books. Again, I'll update this occasionally.

3) Patron-only updates

4) My eternal gratitude. It's shallow, yes, but eternal.

Thank you!

Watch the Sausage Being Made
$5 or more per month

For $5, you'll get my gratitude. You'll get patron-only updates. You'll get the short story and fortune file.

And every month, I'll post a patrons-only post discussing where I am in various projects, what's happening, and details I'm not sharing with the greater world. This might include parts of works in progress, pending book covers, or other oddities. Some months I don't; writing books is messier than it should be.

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
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, updates, fortune file, and story that the one-dollar and five-dollar supporters get.
Digital Supporter
$20 or more per month only 95 left
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. Plus the story and fortune file, of cournse.
Print Reader
$50 or more per month
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.)


I'll put your name in full-length books, just as in the "Ebook Supporter" tier.

Plus ebook versions and patron-only updates, of course.

Career Supporter
$100 or more per month only 47 left
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.
What Is Wrong With You?
$250 or more per month

So you like the idea of throwing money down a well, but don't want to pollute the water table? Burning cash increases atmospheric CO2 levels? And using bills as toilet paper wrecks the plumbing?

Send your excess cash to Lucas, who will safely dispose of it in the gelato shop.

This is the daft level, for the true Lucas Loony. You get all the benefits of all lower tiers: your name in books! Defaced--er, *signed* books shipped to you! More books! Books books books! So many... blasted... books.

You also get a special "What Is Wrong With You?" certificate, suitable for framing, with your first shipment books. (Upon Patronizer request, an F-bomb may be added to the title.)

I might also send you something special. Something odd. It depends on what I can find around the house.

There is no sensible reason to choose this level, unless you want to submit your support as evidence in your inevitable competency hearing.