Annika Barranti Klein is creating stories
31
patrons
$166
per month
So. Here's the short version of my origin story: I wanted to be a writer so much that I taught myself to write before I could read. (My spelling was very bad. It has improved.)

I've always written. Always. I write short stories, mostly. I think they're pretty good. Some of them are VERY short (as short as 55 words) while others are dime novels. Also I wrote a novel even though I said I never would. We should never speak of this again.

I'm also a full-time mom and a roller derby referee. I've written non-fiction professionally on the internet for a dozen years; currently, I'm a contributor and the copy editor at Book Riot (direct link to my stories: click).

Some of the things I write fiction about:
  • mermaids 
  • queer circus girls
  • lonely women on prairies
  • goblin princesses
  • murder houses
  • lady mad scientists in the 1880s
  • weird stuff ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Wanna see? Check out Annika Obscura (also the home of my photography). My Lois Lane fanfic "The Investigative Journalist of Steel" was a Patreon story first.

I spend a lot of my free time writing; if I'm not writing, I am probably thinking about writing, but I might be worrying about money. More and more of my time is spent thinking about how much writing I could get done if things were a little more stable. (We make JUST enough money to pay our bills most months, but there is none left over for emergencies and very little for fun stuff like pizza and perfume.) This is NOT HELPFUL to the creative process! With your help, I can reallocate that mental space to creating stories.

I've set up some reward levels for patrons, but anyone at all* can subscribe to my newsletter for free at tinyletter.com/noirbettie or follow me on twitter.com/noirbettie (that's my username pretty much everywhere on the internet). 

*Anyone but Nazis. Nazis will be blocked. Likewise MRAs.
Tiers
Gratitude
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Look, I'm bad at a lot of things, and rewards is one of them, but I am GOOD at appreciating people doing nice things for me.  I will also write a monthly post updating all backers on my submissions and any publications.
Foodie
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
At this level, you will get a monthly recipe. I can't promise that there will be photos, but I will try. I might PDF these someday, but I probably will not.
Late Access
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Want to see my teenage notebooks and zines? I will post something monthly from my old papers. It may be mortifying.
  • Terrible poetry
  • Angsty journal entries
  • AND MORE
  • Plus all previous rewards
Just for Knitters
$6 or more per month 2 patrons
Backers at this level will receive a download code every month good for one free pattern from my self-published line for kids and adults at Ravelry. 
  • You will be the first to know if I start the knitting podcast I keep threatening on Twitter. 
  • If I publish any new patterns, you will get access to them before anyone else!
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Behind the Scenes
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
Get a peek into my creative process, and see some of my work early. This may include:
  • WIP excerpts
  • Cut scenes
  • Random notes from my phone (some of these are very good, y'all)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Snail Mail
$15 or more per month 1 patron
Do you like getting mail? Actual physical mail? OF COURSE YOU DO! Please let me send you some. Approximately every other month, I will send you one of the following (or something equally great):
  • A postcard featuring my photography
  • A postcard featuring my original story or poem
  • A postcard I bought and wrote you a personal note on
  • Something else I haven't thought of yet

And of course you will also get all previous rewards.

Personalized Poem/Story
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Twice a year, I'll write a poem or very short story, just for you.
  • I will write you a poem or story (my choice)
  • You may suggest a topic but it might be a surprise!
  • You will get the poem or story FIRST, but I reserve the right to post it after a brief period of exclusivity.
  • Initial reward after four months ($100)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$166 of $200 per month
This will buy us take-out once a week week so I have one less thing on my plate (PUN) and can focus on writing.
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So. Here's the short version of my origin story: I wanted to be a writer so much that I taught myself to write before I could read. (My spelling was very bad. It has improved.)

I've always written. Always. I write short stories, mostly. I think they're pretty good. Some of them are VERY short (as short as 55 words) while others are dime novels. Also I wrote a novel even though I said I never would. We should never speak of this again.

I'm also a full-time mom and a roller derby referee. I've written non-fiction professionally on the internet for a dozen years; currently, I'm a contributor and the copy editor at Book Riot (direct link to my stories: click).

Some of the things I write fiction about:
  • mermaids 
  • queer circus girls
  • lonely women on prairies
  • goblin princesses
  • murder houses
  • lady mad scientists in the 1880s
  • weird stuff ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Wanna see? Check out Annika Obscura (also the home of my photography). My Lois Lane fanfic "The Investigative Journalist of Steel" was a Patreon story first.

I spend a lot of my free time writing; if I'm not writing, I am probably thinking about writing, but I might be worrying about money. More and more of my time is spent thinking about how much writing I could get done if things were a little more stable. (We make JUST enough money to pay our bills most months, but there is none left over for emergencies and very little for fun stuff like pizza and perfume.) This is NOT HELPFUL to the creative process! With your help, I can reallocate that mental space to creating stories.

I've set up some reward levels for patrons, but anyone at all* can subscribe to my newsletter for free at tinyletter.com/noirbettie or follow me on twitter.com/noirbettie (that's my username pretty much everywhere on the internet). 

*Anyone but Nazis. Nazis will be blocked. Likewise MRAs.

Recent posts by Annika Barranti Klein

Tiers
Gratitude
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Look, I'm bad at a lot of things, and rewards is one of them, but I am GOOD at appreciating people doing nice things for me.  I will also write a monthly post updating all backers on my submissions and any publications.
Foodie
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
At this level, you will get a monthly recipe. I can't promise that there will be photos, but I will try. I might PDF these someday, but I probably will not.
Late Access
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Want to see my teenage notebooks and zines? I will post something monthly from my old papers. It may be mortifying.
  • Terrible poetry
  • Angsty journal entries
  • AND MORE
  • Plus all previous rewards
Just for Knitters
$6 or more per month 2 patrons
Backers at this level will receive a download code every month good for one free pattern from my self-published line for kids and adults at Ravelry. 
  • You will be the first to know if I start the knitting podcast I keep threatening on Twitter. 
  • If I publish any new patterns, you will get access to them before anyone else!
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Behind the Scenes
$10 or more per month 8 patrons
Get a peek into my creative process, and see some of my work early. This may include:
  • WIP excerpts
  • Cut scenes
  • Random notes from my phone (some of these are very good, y'all)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Snail Mail
$15 or more per month 1 patron
Do you like getting mail? Actual physical mail? OF COURSE YOU DO! Please let me send you some. Approximately every other month, I will send you one of the following (or something equally great):
  • A postcard featuring my photography
  • A postcard featuring my original story or poem
  • A postcard I bought and wrote you a personal note on
  • Something else I haven't thought of yet

And of course you will also get all previous rewards.

Personalized Poem/Story
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Twice a year, I'll write a poem or very short story, just for you.
  • I will write you a poem or story (my choice)
  • You may suggest a topic but it might be a surprise!
  • You will get the poem or story FIRST, but I reserve the right to post it after a brief period of exclusivity.
  • Initial reward after four months ($100)
  • Plus all previous rewards