Alethea Kontis

is creating Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow

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patrons
Looking for Alethea's website? Click here: www.aletheakontis.com
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Welcome to the Patreon Page of Alethea Kontis: Princess. Bestselling Author. Narrator. Dark Optimist. NPR Reviewer. Storm Chaser. Green Mountain Girl, and Goddess of Most Things!

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I love to write. I am a NYT bestselling and award-winning author of all sorts of subversive things that are too clever for their own good. I have been called "the female Neil Gaiman," a "contemporary Shakespeare," and "a veritable badass fairy princess" (thanks for that one, Jim Butcher!). There is a definite split between the people who would want to live in my head, and the people who are scared to death by the prospect.

I love Dragon Con.
My first SF convention ever was Dragon Con in 1996. My dream closet has always been: half costumes and half geeky t-shirts. Now I have two closets--one for each. I host the official Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow performance every year (since 2009!). I walk in the parade. I've twice been nominated for a Dragon Award. Dragon Con is not just *my* con...it's my family!

I love adventure.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT. Call it the curse of an interesting life--everywhere I go, adventure goes with me!  Concerts, Conventions, Storm Chasing, you name it -- I love sharing these stories with my Patrons!

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Once upon a time, I wasn’t a princess. I was just a little girl from Vermont who dressed up in her mother’s skirts and ran around the yard speaking in a British accent. I made mud pies and counted snakes and collected four-leaf clovers. The year I got a cassette player for my birthday, I spent hours locked in the bathroom recording optimistic motivational speeches.

My best friend was a tree.

My world has always been a bit special, a bit odd, and a bit magical. The most fun was sharing this magic with my friends and family. When I became a published author, I suddenly had the opportunity to share with everyone in the world.

There just needed to be a place where I could pull everyone together from all aspects of my life: the picture book readers, the romance writers, the stage performers and voice narrators, the artists, the cosplayers, the horror writers and movie makers, my convention family—ALL my families. The one I was born into, and the ones I’ve made along the way. YOU ARE AMAZING. Every single one of you. My life is not complete without you.

In 2014 I moved to Florida to rebuild my life...and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I literally set the stage for “The Alethea Show.” From my library to my costume closet, from my treadmill to my writing couch, from my stack of tiaras to the makeshift art studio in my garage...everything is here. The only thing missing are my cheerleaders. My supporters. Those people for whom I originally created this magical, Wonderful World of Princess Alethea.

THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU.

And so I put a call here out into the world: if you have ever loved my writing, if you have ever met me at a convention, if you have ever admired my costumes, if you have ever read my essays, if you have ever watched a Fairy Tale Rant video, if you have ever liked something I’ve said or shared on social media, I invite you to my Kingdom where rainbows are seasonal and the flowers bloom all year round and exotic birds are as prevalent as exotic Pokemon...and there is glitter in the floorboards.

Join me on my adventures. Learn about new authors, new artists. MEET EACH OTHER! I promise to delight and entertain you. I promise to introduce you to fabulous things and fabulous people. I promise to put amazing things out into the world, so that amazing things come back to us all, threefold.

I am here for YOU.

Take my hand...are you ready to explore this Wonderful World together?

xox
Alethea

PS -- if you really want to read the sappy, heart-wrenching version of the story I didn't put here, click over to my blog.
Tiers
ADVENTURE LEVEL!
$1 or more per month

Welcome to Arilland! You will soon receive a certificate proclaiming you an official member of Court. You now have exclusive access to Patron-only posts, Princess Adventures, AND a Holiday Card in December every year!

ESSAY LEVEL!
$5 or more per month

Exclusive essays each month on writing and/or costuming, in addition to all perks as a member of the Court of Arilland!

EXCLUSIVE LEVEL!
$10 or more per month

Videos! Fiction! Poetry! ...and anything else I come up with! In addition to all perks as a member of the Court of Arilland!
Videos will be Patron-exclusive for at least one month.

SIDESHOW SUPPORT LEVEL
$10 or more per month

The show must go on...thank you for helping to make it so! This one's for my DragonCon Family and Die-Hard Lovers of Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow--rewards for this tier include videos of past years' Sideshow Acts, Fairy Tale Rant Theatre, and all previous level bonuses! 

SNEAK PEEK LEVEL!
$20 or more per month

Exclusive access to Princess Alethea's short stories, poetry, cover reveals, and more BEFORE PUBLIC RELEASE.
In addition to all aforementioned perks!

TREASURE BOX LEVEL!
$35 or more per month

I love this level. PRINCESS LOOT CRATE! Will it be a signed book? An original piece of art? Exclusive convention-only swag? Souvenirs from Princess Alethea's adventures? These fabulous items will be mailed to you every month!

Patrons at this level ALSO receive all previous Level perks!

SIDESHOW VIP LEVEL
$50 or more per month

EXCLUSIVE SIDESHOW-ONLY LEVEL

You must be a member of this tier before July 31 to receive these benefits
Backers at this level get:

--ONE reserved seat at Princess Alethea's Sideshow at DragonCon 

--ONE guaranteed goodie bag (if you can't attend DragonCon, we'll mail it to you!)
--Access to Sideshow Support Level videos

--Bonus content each month from Sideshow Cast Members!


This tier will receive All-Patron posts, but no other Patreon Level bonuses.

SIDESHOW VIP + TREASURE LEVEL
$75 or more per month

Backers at this level get:

--ONE reserved seat at Princess Alethea's Sideshow at DragonCon 

--ONE guaranteed goodie bag (if you can't attend DragonCon, we'll mail it to you!)
--Access to Sideshow Support Level videos

--Bonus content each month from Sideshow Cast Members!

--ALL other Patreon Level bonuses, including Essays, Exclusive Content, Sneak Peeks, and the monthly Princess Treasure Box!

The Hand of the Princess
$500 or more per month

THE EVERYTHING LEVEL! Just...everything. 

Including Princess Alethea's undying thanks and love. Heck, I'll probably name a character after you too (if I haven't already)!

Goals
17% complete
If this Patreon page can get up to an amount per month that will allow me to survive without juggling 13,000 additional freelance projects, I will drop (mostly) everything that I am doing and FINISH THE WOODCUTTER SISTERS BOOKS SERIES! (Please help me do this!)

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Looking for Alethea's website? Click here: www.aletheakontis.com
***********
Welcome to the Patreon Page of Alethea Kontis: Princess. Bestselling Author. Narrator. Dark Optimist. NPR Reviewer. Storm Chaser. Green Mountain Girl, and Goddess of Most Things!

************
I love to write. I am a NYT bestselling and award-winning author of all sorts of subversive things that are too clever for their own good. I have been called "the female Neil Gaiman," a "contemporary Shakespeare," and "a veritable badass fairy princess" (thanks for that one, Jim Butcher!). There is a definite split between the people who would want to live in my head, and the people who are scared to death by the prospect.

I love Dragon Con.
My first SF convention ever was Dragon Con in 1996. My dream closet has always been: half costumes and half geeky t-shirts. Now I have two closets--one for each. I host the official Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow performance every year (since 2009!). I walk in the parade. I've twice been nominated for a Dragon Award. Dragon Con is not just *my* con...it's my family!

I love adventure.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT. Call it the curse of an interesting life--everywhere I go, adventure goes with me!  Concerts, Conventions, Storm Chasing, you name it -- I love sharing these stories with my Patrons!

************
Once upon a time, I wasn’t a princess. I was just a little girl from Vermont who dressed up in her mother’s skirts and ran around the yard speaking in a British accent. I made mud pies and counted snakes and collected four-leaf clovers. The year I got a cassette player for my birthday, I spent hours locked in the bathroom recording optimistic motivational speeches.

My best friend was a tree.

My world has always been a bit special, a bit odd, and a bit magical. The most fun was sharing this magic with my friends and family. When I became a published author, I suddenly had the opportunity to share with everyone in the world.

There just needed to be a place where I could pull everyone together from all aspects of my life: the picture book readers, the romance writers, the stage performers and voice narrators, the artists, the cosplayers, the horror writers and movie makers, my convention family—ALL my families. The one I was born into, and the ones I’ve made along the way. YOU ARE AMAZING. Every single one of you. My life is not complete without you.

In 2014 I moved to Florida to rebuild my life...and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I literally set the stage for “The Alethea Show.” From my library to my costume closet, from my treadmill to my writing couch, from my stack of tiaras to the makeshift art studio in my garage...everything is here. The only thing missing are my cheerleaders. My supporters. Those people for whom I originally created this magical, Wonderful World of Princess Alethea.

THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU.

And so I put a call here out into the world: if you have ever loved my writing, if you have ever met me at a convention, if you have ever admired my costumes, if you have ever read my essays, if you have ever watched a Fairy Tale Rant video, if you have ever liked something I’ve said or shared on social media, I invite you to my Kingdom where rainbows are seasonal and the flowers bloom all year round and exotic birds are as prevalent as exotic Pokemon...and there is glitter in the floorboards.

Join me on my adventures. Learn about new authors, new artists. MEET EACH OTHER! I promise to delight and entertain you. I promise to introduce you to fabulous things and fabulous people. I promise to put amazing things out into the world, so that amazing things come back to us all, threefold.

I am here for YOU.

Take my hand...are you ready to explore this Wonderful World together?

xox
Alethea

PS -- if you really want to read the sappy, heart-wrenching version of the story I didn't put here, click over to my blog.

Recent posts by Alethea Kontis

Tiers
ADVENTURE LEVEL!
$1 or more per month

Welcome to Arilland! You will soon receive a certificate proclaiming you an official member of Court. You now have exclusive access to Patron-only posts, Princess Adventures, AND a Holiday Card in December every year!

ESSAY LEVEL!
$5 or more per month

Exclusive essays each month on writing and/or costuming, in addition to all perks as a member of the Court of Arilland!

EXCLUSIVE LEVEL!
$10 or more per month

Videos! Fiction! Poetry! ...and anything else I come up with! In addition to all perks as a member of the Court of Arilland!
Videos will be Patron-exclusive for at least one month.

SIDESHOW SUPPORT LEVEL
$10 or more per month

The show must go on...thank you for helping to make it so! This one's for my DragonCon Family and Die-Hard Lovers of Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow--rewards for this tier include videos of past years' Sideshow Acts, Fairy Tale Rant Theatre, and all previous level bonuses! 

SNEAK PEEK LEVEL!
$20 or more per month

Exclusive access to Princess Alethea's short stories, poetry, cover reveals, and more BEFORE PUBLIC RELEASE.
In addition to all aforementioned perks!

TREASURE BOX LEVEL!
$35 or more per month

I love this level. PRINCESS LOOT CRATE! Will it be a signed book? An original piece of art? Exclusive convention-only swag? Souvenirs from Princess Alethea's adventures? These fabulous items will be mailed to you every month!

Patrons at this level ALSO receive all previous Level perks!

SIDESHOW VIP LEVEL
$50 or more per month

EXCLUSIVE SIDESHOW-ONLY LEVEL

You must be a member of this tier before July 31 to receive these benefits
Backers at this level get:

--ONE reserved seat at Princess Alethea's Sideshow at DragonCon 

--ONE guaranteed goodie bag (if you can't attend DragonCon, we'll mail it to you!)
--Access to Sideshow Support Level videos

--Bonus content each month from Sideshow Cast Members!


This tier will receive All-Patron posts, but no other Patreon Level bonuses.

SIDESHOW VIP + TREASURE LEVEL
$75 or more per month

Backers at this level get:

--ONE reserved seat at Princess Alethea's Sideshow at DragonCon 

--ONE guaranteed goodie bag (if you can't attend DragonCon, we'll mail it to you!)
--Access to Sideshow Support Level videos

--Bonus content each month from Sideshow Cast Members!

--ALL other Patreon Level bonuses, including Essays, Exclusive Content, Sneak Peeks, and the monthly Princess Treasure Box!

The Hand of the Princess
$500 or more per month

THE EVERYTHING LEVEL! Just...everything. 

Including Princess Alethea's undying thanks and love. Heck, I'll probably name a character after you too (if I haven't already)!