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Most of the content on www.JonathanBall.com is published freely to the public, and made possible by my patrons. This includes my #95books reviews, my "Haiku Horoscopes" humour column and over 1000 other blog posts.
Additionally, the following is available publicly:
The early chapters of KANADA are available to the public.
The early chapters of DRAFT BY DRAFT are available to the public.
"TAKE YOUR SEAT" / $5 pledge
After a full year of patronage, I will mail you a signed book. Additionally, you have access to the following:
“As We All Should Lie,” a Borges-like short story about the sudden appearance of a city block, from as-yet-unpublished short story collection The Lightning of Possible Storms.
"Explosions," a short story from as-yet-unpublished short story collection The Lightning of Possible Storms that I use as a case study in DRAFT BY DRAFT (see below).
"My 4-Stage Editing Process," a 4000-word article detailing my 4-stage editing process, an approach to structural editing that can help you gain instant objectivity and identity problems in a manuscript.
“Waiting Room,” a short horror story published under the pseudonym Richard Crow, which forms part of my to-come endless multimedia novel, The Crow Murders.
A premium reward at this level is KANADA, a comic novel filled with darkness, a spiritual cousin to Franz Kafka’s AMERIKA, starring a troubled and stumbling man named “I” — an experimental novel fusing humour and nightmare.
Another premium reward at this level is DRAFT BY DRAFT: ONE SHORT STORY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION, a nonfiction textbook on creative writing. I walk draft-by-draft through the process of writing my short story "EXPLOSIONS," explaining every single significant alteration: think of a 50,000-word case study about a 5000-word short story. Delving deep into the process of writing one single story gives powerful examples of how to write and edit overall, with ultra-specific examples that reveal grander principles.
"ENTER THE VAULT" / $17 pledge
Every two months, I will mail you something special, starting with a signed book. You have access to ALL OF THE ABOVE, PLUS the following:
"The Aesthete," a short horror story/poem.
Call & Response, a visual poetry chapbook (with derek beaulieu).
Cart, a pilot television sitcom screenplay about a psychotic family that believes a shopping cart is alive.
"Christian Bök's XENOTEXT," an interview I conducted for The Believer, and some related materials, only available in print issue before now.
"Emerging," a song by my former metal band PROST.
FILM/MAKING, a long-poem chapbook.
"Group of Seven," a suite of 12 poems from THE NATIONAL GALLERY.
"Guy and the Thing from Another World," a short comedic story.
"Mrs. Claus," a feature film script treatment that I created for fun, and am starting to flog around.
"No Certainty in Flesh," a Warhammer 40,000 short story proposal
"Opening Band," a short comedy film.
"Special Containment Procedure 001," a metafictional Science Fiction proposal for the SCP Wiki.
“There Were Once Words,” a short horror/fantasy story unavailable otherwise except in a special limited edition print book of 100 copies.
This eBook is otherwise provided to you as-is, a full-length experimental novella.
"TranSCANada," a visual poetry sequence
"The War with the Dead," a short story/essay.
"GRAB YA JAVA" / $57 pledge
Every month, I will Skype or FaceTime with you for an hour to have a virtual coffee and chat, plus every two months I will mail you something special, starting with a signed book. You also have access to ALL OF THE ABOVE!
"ENTER THE MASTERCLASS" / $197 pledge
Every month, I will read up to 10 pages of your writing and provide face-to-face feedback over Skype or FaceTime or phone, whichever you prefer. (If you live in Winnipeg, we could potentially meet for coffee.) I will also summarize my feedback in an e-mail for you, or as comments on your file.
My focus will be on helping you achieve your broader goals as a writer, not just on giving feedback. To begin with, I'll start with getting clear on your goals so that I can tailor my feedback to you. I will also provide you with lessons/writing exercises specifically designed to help you grow towards your goals.
Plus, every two months I will mail you something special, starting with a signed book. You also have access to ALL OF THE ABOVE!