S.A. Barton is creating Short stories -- SciFi, fantasy, alt history, mainstream, more!
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patrons

$101
per month


What's up with the picture, the check, and that ugly-ass trailer behind me which, much to my chagrin, is where I and my wife and my three kids and my cat live?

I'm here because it sucks trying to write great stories in a single-wide trailer packed with five humans and one cat. There's no peace, no quiet. Lots of love, and that's great, but I'm a writer.

I need to write. I need a place to write. And that means I need to make money writing.

My career is still young. I came to it in a weird, screwed-up way, but now that I have it I love it. But it doesn't pay the bills. YET.

I need your help here. Your money, yes. But also your support. Do you know how goddamn GOOD it feels to know that someone believes in what I do enough to part with real live folding green?

It feels AMAZING. And I NEED that feeling as much as the money. I need readers. All writers need readers. People willing to part with money in exchange for the fun of reading and exploring part of my head. I need to know you're there. 

I've been writing for a few years now. At first I wrote on lunch breaks at my job, which was managing a grocery department in a grocery store. Lots of lifting boxes and towing half-ton pallets by muscle on wheels and stacking cans and squatting down and climbing up.

And my hip wore out. I have x-rays, they're medium-gnarly. The joint doesn't fit together anymore, the cartilage is long since ground away; the head of my femur and the ball socket it fits into have been razed and salted like the ground of old Carthage after the Romans got done with it.

So that left writing. And I didn't feel bad about that. I didn't like schlepping groceries. I didn't much like any of the other jobs I had. Not the sit-down or the active, the menial or the managerial, and definitely not the dark days I don't like to talk about, the deep shadows that lurk in the background of many of my stories and haunt my villains and heroes alike: the years I spent alone and despairing, the years I spent trying to drink myself to death. I nearly succeeded more than once. The knowledge haunts me: I almost cheated myself out of this family I love more than I love myself and always will. I almost cheated myself out of this dream of writing great stories for me and you and everyone else.

Writing is the only job I've ever loved. It's all I want to do. I never had a dream before just like the real live angsty Gen-X dude I am. I need your support to make it into a paying career that can support me and my wife and my two little ones and my teenager and hey, my cat says "MEOW HELP THE MAN BUY ME MORE KIBBLE MEOW."

I HAVE FINALLY SET UP A REWARD STRUCTURE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR SUPPORT. TOOK ME LONG ENOUGH. And also...

...you get the warm fuzzy feeling of backing a writer who is here to succeed, the pleasure of being a patron of the arts, and the humanitarian glow of helping a trailer park denizen GET THE HELL OUT OF THE TRAILER PARK.

Thanks!



Tiers
I support starving writers!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
  • You get to see exclusive short fiction! I irregularly publish patron-only flash fiction, news articles from possible futures, thirteen word stories, and more. If I publish them anywhere else -- which I often don't -- you'll see them at least a week before anyone else.
  • See most sabarton.com posts a full week before they appear there! Occasionally I publish a small post, quick comment, or other irrelevancy without delay -- but you see all the MEATY posts first. :)
I want to help AND get ebooks!
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Everything from the $1 tier, of course.
  • FREE ADVANCE EBOOK COPIES YAAAAAAAY! You will be able to download any ebook I publish from Patreon, for free, in the formats available to me -- usually EPUB, MOBI, and PDF. If you need a format I don't have let me know and I'll do whatever I need to do to get you a copy in a form you can use -- even if I have to email you a .doc or .rtf. If I publish immediately you get it right away, but you get PREORDERS AT LEAST 1 WEEK EARLY!
I want hard copy! And I'm awesome!
$20 or more per month 1 patron
  • Of course, everything from the previous tiers.
  • Any time I publish a hard copy of something -- which will be collections or other stories that reach at least 20,000 words or more, give or take -- I will send you a signed hard copy! I use Createspace, and publish in 9x6" trade paperback. As soon as I get my copies from Createspace, I will pop your copy in a mailer and fire it off ASAP.
  • You rock and I super appreciate the support!
Goals
$101 of $250 per month
  • WOW this would be amazing and make life SO MUCH EASIER
  • Surely this much support would ease my worries enough that I could produce more words for you here.
  • I'm going to have to make CERTAIN you get at least one flash or short story per month now (and, you know, all the stuff I already do. Of course). I hope you're happy.
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What's up with the picture, the check, and that ugly-ass trailer behind me which, much to my chagrin, is where I and my wife and my three kids and my cat live?

I'm here because it sucks trying to write great stories in a single-wide trailer packed with five humans and one cat. There's no peace, no quiet. Lots of love, and that's great, but I'm a writer.

I need to write. I need a place to write. And that means I need to make money writing.

My career is still young. I came to it in a weird, screwed-up way, but now that I have it I love it. But it doesn't pay the bills. YET.

I need your help here. Your money, yes. But also your support. Do you know how goddamn GOOD it feels to know that someone believes in what I do enough to part with real live folding green?

It feels AMAZING. And I NEED that feeling as much as the money. I need readers. All writers need readers. People willing to part with money in exchange for the fun of reading and exploring part of my head. I need to know you're there. 

I've been writing for a few years now. At first I wrote on lunch breaks at my job, which was managing a grocery department in a grocery store. Lots of lifting boxes and towing half-ton pallets by muscle on wheels and stacking cans and squatting down and climbing up.

And my hip wore out. I have x-rays, they're medium-gnarly. The joint doesn't fit together anymore, the cartilage is long since ground away; the head of my femur and the ball socket it fits into have been razed and salted like the ground of old Carthage after the Romans got done with it.

So that left writing. And I didn't feel bad about that. I didn't like schlepping groceries. I didn't much like any of the other jobs I had. Not the sit-down or the active, the menial or the managerial, and definitely not the dark days I don't like to talk about, the deep shadows that lurk in the background of many of my stories and haunt my villains and heroes alike: the years I spent alone and despairing, the years I spent trying to drink myself to death. I nearly succeeded more than once. The knowledge haunts me: I almost cheated myself out of this family I love more than I love myself and always will. I almost cheated myself out of this dream of writing great stories for me and you and everyone else.

Writing is the only job I've ever loved. It's all I want to do. I never had a dream before just like the real live angsty Gen-X dude I am. I need your support to make it into a paying career that can support me and my wife and my two little ones and my teenager and hey, my cat says "MEOW HELP THE MAN BUY ME MORE KIBBLE MEOW."

I HAVE FINALLY SET UP A REWARD STRUCTURE SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR SUPPORT. TOOK ME LONG ENOUGH. And also...

...you get the warm fuzzy feeling of backing a writer who is here to succeed, the pleasure of being a patron of the arts, and the humanitarian glow of helping a trailer park denizen GET THE HELL OUT OF THE TRAILER PARK.

Thanks!



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Tiers
I support starving writers!
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
  • You get to see exclusive short fiction! I irregularly publish patron-only flash fiction, news articles from possible futures, thirteen word stories, and more. If I publish them anywhere else -- which I often don't -- you'll see them at least a week before anyone else.
  • See most sabarton.com posts a full week before they appear there! Occasionally I publish a small post, quick comment, or other irrelevancy without delay -- but you see all the MEATY posts first. :)
I want to help AND get ebooks!
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Everything from the $1 tier, of course.
  • FREE ADVANCE EBOOK COPIES YAAAAAAAY! You will be able to download any ebook I publish from Patreon, for free, in the formats available to me -- usually EPUB, MOBI, and PDF. If you need a format I don't have let me know and I'll do whatever I need to do to get you a copy in a form you can use -- even if I have to email you a .doc or .rtf. If I publish immediately you get it right away, but you get PREORDERS AT LEAST 1 WEEK EARLY!
I want hard copy! And I'm awesome!
$20 or more per month 1 patron
  • Of course, everything from the previous tiers.
  • Any time I publish a hard copy of something -- which will be collections or other stories that reach at least 20,000 words or more, give or take -- I will send you a signed hard copy! I use Createspace, and publish in 9x6" trade paperback. As soon as I get my copies from Createspace, I will pop your copy in a mailer and fire it off ASAP.
  • You rock and I super appreciate the support!