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Hi! I'm Nicole Grotepas, an indie sci-fi/speculative fiction writer. I'm the author of several books, such as the dystopian, high-tech thriller Feed (The Fooko Series) and the YA sci-fi, bio-based-android romance Blue Hearts of Mars.

So. I normally sell my short stories on Amazon, like for example this fun little one. It's a favorite of mine. I have also been known to share them for free through Patreon, like this one, but usually they look really awesome on your digital bookshelf, like the one pictured below. Sweet cover, eh? 



I guess you could say that I like to experiment with all the different short story venues available to authors. So, If you haven't read my stuff, those links will take you to where you can try it out if you haven't already. 

Or . . . here's an idea . . . you could read my new stuff BEFORE anyone else does by becoming a Patron. How does that sound? Brilliant! 




I did a Kickstarter once. Setting it up was a lot of work. A lot. It was a great learning experience, but that's all that it was. Because in the end, I overestimated my goal and came away with nothing for the time I invested in the project. I still wrote the book I was trying to fund and so ultimately, it had a decent resolution and I really appreciated the fans who turned up to support me. If you were one of them, thank you! 

However, for the amount of work I put into the campaign, I found walking away from the investment empty-handed a bit unsatisfying. It taught me that successful Kickstarters are made or broken based on social networking. And luck. And both must happen within a very limited window.

Now, it's likely that a great Patreon experience is built the same way--a well-timed confluence of luck, skill, and fervor on social media. And yet, it seems to me the beauty of Patreon is that it never has to end. It's like the patron system of yore sans the Medici or the Queen, which, although those had their downside, they did support starving artists.

Hold on . . . am I starving artist? I kind of think so . . . yeah. I mean, I haven't literally starved . . . yet.

Does not being able to afford a large iced mocha every day count as starving? 

All kidding aside. I spend a lot of my time creating stories alone at home or in a secluded corner of a coffee shop. The opportunity to meet and connect with fans or other writers is important to me. I'm succeeding when I know people read my work and enjoy it. If you've come to this page to consider offering support or encouragement, thank you so much.

Your support will help me afford things that will increase my visibility as an indie writer, such as allowing me to pay for a cover designer, hire an editor, or fund blog tours. Better visibility means a bigger network of people reading my stories. More people reading my stories means more demand for my stories. More demand means more writing, means me becoming a better writer, means me submitting stories to more publications.

Is this called economics? I think so . . . yes. Kind of? 

Anyway, the short story market is competitive and there are loads of crafty and skilled writers out there who weave intricate, life-changing stories. Sometimes that's me--the one producing a mind-blowing, life-changing story. With your support, I will be able to do that more. With your support, I'll be able to say, "Thank you. This wouldn't have been possible without my patrons," as I stand there, with my Oscar, smiling into the bright lights and cameras.

Oh, hang on a minute . . . that's for my other job.

Actress.

No. All kidding aside. I hope to see a time when I can thank my supporters like that. Not just in the acknowledgements, but everywhere writers go--I mean like conventions. And book signings. And libraries. And book festivals, because, you know, writers live it up! 




I mean, besides my eternal gratitude?

Well. If you become a supporter, I'll turn into a short-story writing machine just for you! Some of the work will be submitted to journals, but you will see it first as one of my Patrons. Doesn't that sound awesome? Doesn't that sound enticing? 

But I offer more (yes, more!) than just digital copies of my short stories as rewards. Other levels include such awesome, swanky things as me using your name as a character in my book, actual postcards written by me mailed straight to your door, you Photoshopped into a picture of the two of us eating at my favorite brew-pub, exclusive Spotify playlists, vlogs, and other swag as my thanks.  

Check out the various levels of patronage I offer to see what fits for you. And remember, everyone who supports me gets a digital copy (with digital cover!) of every story supported by this Patreon (no less than 6 per year, no more than 10) and their name included in the acknowledgements. There are various levels of support, and because I am paid PER story, you only donate for each story.

So, if you're here and you love to show your support with something more tangible than distant transactions through far-removed digital markets, please accept this invitation to become my Patron.

And . . . thank you!

Nicole 





Tiers
Initiate
$1 or more per Short stories
You get a digital download of short stories released for Patrons, plus your name in the acknowledgments of each story.
Guild-member
$3 or more per Short stories
At this level you'll have early access to my vlog updates when a story is released. The vlog updates are each 2 to 3 minutes long and are available for three months to Patrons at this level and up, after which I'll release them to the general public. Of course at this level, you also get digital downloads of short stories supported by Patrons and your name listed in the acknowledgments!
Guild-scribe
$5 or more per Short stories
For being a $5 donor, you'll not only get a digital download of each story and all the aforementioned items (named in acknowledgements and vlog videos), but I will also write you exclusive email updates that will delight you with hilarity and other useful links, that I use when I'm writing and other stuff I think is worthy of passing on.
Novice
$10 or more per Short stories
Patrons at this tier receive a handwritten postcard from me featuring cover artwork from one of my publications twice a year! Plus, you get named in the acknowledgments AND a digital download of the short story. Thanks!
Journeyman
$15 or more per Short stories
This reward includes the $10 Patron reward plus a random surprise! This could be anything from Patron-only access to a short story featuring a character from a current work or a totally new venture, to a blog post, a vlog, or a chapter from my current Work-In-Progress. It could be ANYTHING.
Guild Ambassador
$20 or more per Short stories
You know how to strike a deal. Or an accord. Treaties and such. That's why this level includes the $10 and $15 Patron rewards plus access to a private creation-video. Think of the Monty Python skit of Thomas Hardy writing Return of the Native and then imagine it's me working on a short story or a chapter from a serial or a novel narrating my process. The mystery will be unveiled! This plus digital copies of Patron-supported short stories. And yes, I'm beginning to make up this guild-related terminology . . .
The Diplomat
$25 or more per Short stories
You get a printed chapbook of one short story per year sent out before November. It's a random story per subscriber and is based on my preference. Here's the kicker: the package it comes in will include various swag items ranging from stickers, postcards, and buttons to fun photos of me and my cats. Patrons at this level also enjoy the indulgence of digital copies of all Patron short stories.
The Saboteur
$35 or more per Short stories
For you clever subscribers, you'll receive TWO chapbook short stories per year (mid-year and end-of-year), plus all the fun swag I generate and send out to my superstar Patrons (plus all the other glorious Patron stuff like acknowledgements and gratuitous thank-you videos [exclusive to you]) that I do periodically throughout the year!
Guild Boss
$100 or more per Short stories
No one should be giving me this much money. But, if you want to, cool. Wow. So at this unbelievable, guildy-bossy level, you receive a Patron-supported printed anthology of the short stories I release throughout the year. This is on a yearly basis and so it won't be more than twelve stories, but it won't be less than six. Additionally, these superstars will be inserted into a story in some form or another (a classic, well-loved reward, no?). Like, for instance, cat form. Or human form, Lester (if your name is Lester) the cat, or Lester the bartender at the Pit-Stop at Space Station #12. At this level, the question is more of the 'what aren't you getting' variety, than what you ARE getting. Everything else (swag, digital copies, acknowledgement). And then some!
The Medici
$500 or more per Short stories
Really? No way. You shouldn't do this. You're the best. WOW. I will paint you into the Sistine Chapel ceiling . . . in a story. And it will be a fictional fresco. And you'll love it! And then of course, you'll receive the anthology of yearly short stories in physical copy, plus the swag, plus the digital versions of all the stories released throughout the year, PLUS a written thank you note and a Photoshopped picture of us dining at my favorite brew-pub. I will photoshop you drinking your favorite beverage as we dine on ginormous onion rings. Cool?!
The Queen
$1,000 or more per Short stories
I'm only putting this here because it's kind of like the lottery. If someone exists who wants to give me $1000 for a story, you're like a rare butterfly. And this is your flower-petal landing pad. And because you're so amazing, I'll give you the A-MAZING opportunity to direct one story I write per year (so, only two people can have this exclusive opportunity!). This will be based on an existing universe from my body of work and though you may request what character it features and other details (like location or concept), but I reserve the right to make it canonical. This in addition to all the AWESOME stuff at the $500 level. And I'll send you a personalized video of me crying and smiling into the camera as I hold my Oscar. I mean, a copy of the short story anthology, where I will point out your name and which story I did, just for you. JUST FOR YOU!
Goals
32% complete
It's good to have goals! And this rather arbitrary number strikes me as pretty fair. But I need your help, fans, readers, lovers of literature! Check out my free stories and then join my legion of lovely supporters!

I write 6-10 short stories a year (ranging from 2K - 5K words, sometimes up to 10K, and this in addition to my novels). If you become a Patron, you'll receive at least six exclusive short stories per year, possibly more. My Patreon account is set up per short story. So as a subscriber, you can count on at least donating six times, but no more than ten. I will communicate via Patreon with you no less than once a month, letting you know where I'm at with the stories and when to expect your downloads and/or other swag. 
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Hi! I'm Nicole Grotepas, an indie sci-fi/speculative fiction writer. I'm the author of several books, such as the dystopian, high-tech thriller Feed (The Fooko Series) and the YA sci-fi, bio-based-android romance Blue Hearts of Mars.

So. I normally sell my short stories on Amazon, like for example this fun little one. It's a favorite of mine. I have also been known to share them for free through Patreon, like this one, but usually they look really awesome on your digital bookshelf, like the one pictured below. Sweet cover, eh? 



I guess you could say that I like to experiment with all the different short story venues available to authors. So, If you haven't read my stuff, those links will take you to where you can try it out if you haven't already. 

Or . . . here's an idea . . . you could read my new stuff BEFORE anyone else does by becoming a Patron. How does that sound? Brilliant! 




I did a Kickstarter once. Setting it up was a lot of work. A lot. It was a great learning experience, but that's all that it was. Because in the end, I overestimated my goal and came away with nothing for the time I invested in the project. I still wrote the book I was trying to fund and so ultimately, it had a decent resolution and I really appreciated the fans who turned up to support me. If you were one of them, thank you! 

However, for the amount of work I put into the campaign, I found walking away from the investment empty-handed a bit unsatisfying. It taught me that successful Kickstarters are made or broken based on social networking. And luck. And both must happen within a very limited window.

Now, it's likely that a great Patreon experience is built the same way--a well-timed confluence of luck, skill, and fervor on social media. And yet, it seems to me the beauty of Patreon is that it never has to end. It's like the patron system of yore sans the Medici or the Queen, which, although those had their downside, they did support starving artists.

Hold on . . . am I starving artist? I kind of think so . . . yeah. I mean, I haven't literally starved . . . yet.

Does not being able to afford a large iced mocha every day count as starving? 

All kidding aside. I spend a lot of my time creating stories alone at home or in a secluded corner of a coffee shop. The opportunity to meet and connect with fans or other writers is important to me. I'm succeeding when I know people read my work and enjoy it. If you've come to this page to consider offering support or encouragement, thank you so much.

Your support will help me afford things that will increase my visibility as an indie writer, such as allowing me to pay for a cover designer, hire an editor, or fund blog tours. Better visibility means a bigger network of people reading my stories. More people reading my stories means more demand for my stories. More demand means more writing, means me becoming a better writer, means me submitting stories to more publications.

Is this called economics? I think so . . . yes. Kind of? 

Anyway, the short story market is competitive and there are loads of crafty and skilled writers out there who weave intricate, life-changing stories. Sometimes that's me--the one producing a mind-blowing, life-changing story. With your support, I will be able to do that more. With your support, I'll be able to say, "Thank you. This wouldn't have been possible without my patrons," as I stand there, with my Oscar, smiling into the bright lights and cameras.

Oh, hang on a minute . . . that's for my other job.

Actress.

No. All kidding aside. I hope to see a time when I can thank my supporters like that. Not just in the acknowledgements, but everywhere writers go--I mean like conventions. And book signings. And libraries. And book festivals, because, you know, writers live it up! 




I mean, besides my eternal gratitude?

Well. If you become a supporter, I'll turn into a short-story writing machine just for you! Some of the work will be submitted to journals, but you will see it first as one of my Patrons. Doesn't that sound awesome? Doesn't that sound enticing? 

But I offer more (yes, more!) than just digital copies of my short stories as rewards. Other levels include such awesome, swanky things as me using your name as a character in my book, actual postcards written by me mailed straight to your door, you Photoshopped into a picture of the two of us eating at my favorite brew-pub, exclusive Spotify playlists, vlogs, and other swag as my thanks.  

Check out the various levels of patronage I offer to see what fits for you. And remember, everyone who supports me gets a digital copy (with digital cover!) of every story supported by this Patreon (no less than 6 per year, no more than 10) and their name included in the acknowledgements. There are various levels of support, and because I am paid PER story, you only donate for each story.

So, if you're here and you love to show your support with something more tangible than distant transactions through far-removed digital markets, please accept this invitation to become my Patron.

And . . . thank you!

Nicole 





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Tiers
Initiate
$1 or more per Short stories
You get a digital download of short stories released for Patrons, plus your name in the acknowledgments of each story.
Guild-member
$3 or more per Short stories
At this level you'll have early access to my vlog updates when a story is released. The vlog updates are each 2 to 3 minutes long and are available for three months to Patrons at this level and up, after which I'll release them to the general public. Of course at this level, you also get digital downloads of short stories supported by Patrons and your name listed in the acknowledgments!
Guild-scribe
$5 or more per Short stories
For being a $5 donor, you'll not only get a digital download of each story and all the aforementioned items (named in acknowledgements and vlog videos), but I will also write you exclusive email updates that will delight you with hilarity and other useful links, that I use when I'm writing and other stuff I think is worthy of passing on.
Novice
$10 or more per Short stories
Patrons at this tier receive a handwritten postcard from me featuring cover artwork from one of my publications twice a year! Plus, you get named in the acknowledgments AND a digital download of the short story. Thanks!
Journeyman
$15 or more per Short stories
This reward includes the $10 Patron reward plus a random surprise! This could be anything from Patron-only access to a short story featuring a character from a current work or a totally new venture, to a blog post, a vlog, or a chapter from my current Work-In-Progress. It could be ANYTHING.
Guild Ambassador
$20 or more per Short stories
You know how to strike a deal. Or an accord. Treaties and such. That's why this level includes the $10 and $15 Patron rewards plus access to a private creation-video. Think of the Monty Python skit of Thomas Hardy writing Return of the Native and then imagine it's me working on a short story or a chapter from a serial or a novel narrating my process. The mystery will be unveiled! This plus digital copies of Patron-supported short stories. And yes, I'm beginning to make up this guild-related terminology . . .
The Diplomat
$25 or more per Short stories
You get a printed chapbook of one short story per year sent out before November. It's a random story per subscriber and is based on my preference. Here's the kicker: the package it comes in will include various swag items ranging from stickers, postcards, and buttons to fun photos of me and my cats. Patrons at this level also enjoy the indulgence of digital copies of all Patron short stories.
The Saboteur
$35 or more per Short stories
For you clever subscribers, you'll receive TWO chapbook short stories per year (mid-year and end-of-year), plus all the fun swag I generate and send out to my superstar Patrons (plus all the other glorious Patron stuff like acknowledgements and gratuitous thank-you videos [exclusive to you]) that I do periodically throughout the year!
Guild Boss
$100 or more per Short stories
No one should be giving me this much money. But, if you want to, cool. Wow. So at this unbelievable, guildy-bossy level, you receive a Patron-supported printed anthology of the short stories I release throughout the year. This is on a yearly basis and so it won't be more than twelve stories, but it won't be less than six. Additionally, these superstars will be inserted into a story in some form or another (a classic, well-loved reward, no?). Like, for instance, cat form. Or human form, Lester (if your name is Lester) the cat, or Lester the bartender at the Pit-Stop at Space Station #12. At this level, the question is more of the 'what aren't you getting' variety, than what you ARE getting. Everything else (swag, digital copies, acknowledgement). And then some!
The Medici
$500 or more per Short stories
Really? No way. You shouldn't do this. You're the best. WOW. I will paint you into the Sistine Chapel ceiling . . . in a story. And it will be a fictional fresco. And you'll love it! And then of course, you'll receive the anthology of yearly short stories in physical copy, plus the swag, plus the digital versions of all the stories released throughout the year, PLUS a written thank you note and a Photoshopped picture of us dining at my favorite brew-pub. I will photoshop you drinking your favorite beverage as we dine on ginormous onion rings. Cool?!
The Queen
$1,000 or more per Short stories
I'm only putting this here because it's kind of like the lottery. If someone exists who wants to give me $1000 for a story, you're like a rare butterfly. And this is your flower-petal landing pad. And because you're so amazing, I'll give you the A-MAZING opportunity to direct one story I write per year (so, only two people can have this exclusive opportunity!). This will be based on an existing universe from my body of work and though you may request what character it features and other details (like location or concept), but I reserve the right to make it canonical. This in addition to all the AWESOME stuff at the $500 level. And I'll send you a personalized video of me crying and smiling into the camera as I hold my Oscar. I mean, a copy of the short story anthology, where I will point out your name and which story I did, just for you. JUST FOR YOU!