Ryan M. Williamsis creating stories of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and more!
Download short stories as I release them on Patreon.
Thank You! Thank you so much. You're making it possible for me to share stories and begin the transition from full-time librarian to full-time writer. I'll include your name in the acknowledgements section of stories released while you're an active patron.
Stories will be available here on Patreon and as a download in standard e-book formats.
Download each new novel as I release them.
Thank you! Thank you! With your support I'm able to share more stories and get that much closer to writing full time. As a Moreau Society Patron, you receive each novel e-book as I release them. Includes all series and stand-alone books. And your name included in the acknowledgements section of books released while you're an active patron.
You also get access to the short story downloads.
You're first in my book! Download each new story or novel a week early before anyone else gets them, plus receive the October Stories e-book when it is completed after launch.
You're here at the start! You've supported me from the ground up as I'm shared my drawings and stories for the launch. You've given me the support to start the transition to writing full time.
As a Launch Crew Patron, you receive each story novel e-book a week before released to anyone else. Includes all series and stand-alone books. And your name included in a special acknowledgements section of books released while you're an active patron. The October Stories collection includes all completed drawings, stories, afterwords, and other material created during the launch window.
Membership in the Launch Crew is only available for the month of October 2019.
About Ryan M. Williams
The Launch—October StoriesInktober happens each October. Artists create and share ink drawings online. They say an image is worth 1,000 words... so this October I'm creating a drawing each day and writing a story to go with it. I'll aim to keep the stories at around 1,000 words. They might come out shorter or a bit longer. I'll also share a few thoughts on how the day went. I'll post the results each day (or post what happened if I miss). At the end of it all, I'll pull it together into a collection titled October Stories.
This is your chance to join the Launch Crew by signing up during the launch. This tier will only remain open during the launch. Once the launch windows closes—that's it. By joining during this window you'll get stories and novels a week early before anyone else, as long as you remain a patron. And you'll get an e-book copy of the final October Stories collection when it's released.
Read on to learn more about me, how this all works, and why I'm launching this project.
The LibrarianI love reading stories. My parents lit that fire, fanned those flames, drove me to the library when I was a child, and to no one's surprise I became a librarian. I've worked in libraries for nearly 30 years now. One thing librarians love is sharing stories.
The WriterI love writing stories. It first dawned on me I might write stories while reading in English class (not the assigned text), ignoring my teacher—sorry Mrs. Coffey! Her lecture penetrated my awareness I saw what she kept talking about right on the page. Annoying and life-changing all at the same time. Isn't that the way it works? Like librarians, writers love sharing stories.
Hmm...Both things have something in common. Sharing stories. As I navigate the transition from full-time librarian to full-time writer in today's constantly in-flux publishing chaos-space, that is one thing that I know I want to keep doing. And it is where you come in. See, neither librarians writers can share stories if there is no one to share them with.
The PatronsLibrarians refer to those enjoying the public library as patrons. Writers also need patrons. I can't share stories without you. Literally. There wouldn't be anyone to read the stories. And that would suck. It's a symbiotic relationship. Patrons support writers (and libraries) and get to enjoy stories in return. In today's online environment, Patreon makes it easy for patrons like you to support writers (or librarians) like me.
As a patron on Patreon, you directly support me in sharing stories. Patreon bills monthly for each paid post made during the month—and you control your maximum contribution.
The TransitionWhy transition from full-time librarian to full-time writer? I love libraries and writing. I went to graduate schools for degrees in both. I can't imagine a future in which I'm not supporting libraries and enjoying what libraries offer. However, as I mentioned, I've worked in libraries for nearly 30 years. When I reach 30 years I become eligible to retire early—if I can afford to retire? That's the big question. If I can transition to a full-time writing career, supplemented by my retirement, that would be ideal.
What about working in libraries longer? Well, as much as I love libraries, it has been my primary focus for decades. I'd like to spend the next few decades focused on writing. It's also the sad fact that many people today don't support libraries. At least here in Washington State where the law limits increases in the library levy by one percent each year. Unfortunately expenses don't face a similar limit, out-pacing support for the library. It's sad. I'll always be a librarian and support libraries. I want them to succeed and thrive. I'd like to take my grandkids (some day!) to the library.
Short answer: it's time to think about shifting the focus of my work. You can help with that and make sure that I can continue sharing stories.
Yay! Thanks to your generous support we've unlocked exclusive short stories. Each month I'll release a short story exclusive to patrons at all tiers.