Laura Hinkle is creating Fiction
6

patrons

$87
per month

THE PROJECT
I am a horror author -- or at least, I'd like to be. My work has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine, in other minor publications, and in 2015 I was the winner of David Wellington's Fear Project, an honor that put me in touch with a major publishing agent. I'm also a quiet member of the Great Lakes Horror Writing Association

These are all things I am very proud of, but it's time for me to push forward. It's my (admittedly ambitious) goal to have a full set of short stories (at least ten, but I would like to think twelve) finished and polished for publication in 2019. 

My obstacles? Two jobs, four kids, and the temptation to say, tomorrow. I can start tomorrow

If you're not yet familiar with my work - and I have no reason to imagine you should be - I've included a sample here, as previously published for the Fear Project. If you want to know my author icons and idols, they include Ray Bradbury, Joe Hill, Shirley Jackson. Caitlin R. Kiernan. Dennis Lehane. Mentioning Stephen King seems redundant, but leaving him out would be blasphemous.

There are many faces to the monsters you'll meet in my writing, but they certainly have common names -- loss. Regret. Rage. Vengeance. You might even glimpse yourself a time or two.

PATRONAGE
Why monthly pledges are invaluable: I know. Writing sounds easy -- as the saying goes, you just sit down [at the keyboard] and bleed. Hypothetically, you can write anywhere. In a pinch, you can write on yourself. 

The pay scale for short stories spans a wide, strange scale: anywhere from a contributor's copy (sweet, but not terribly practical in the long-term, unless you want a convenient way to wave your ego in your friend's faces) to a flat $10/story, to the (best case), per-word reward of around .10/word. Long before you reap any of the rewards, you can expect an average of three months of suspenseful silence waiting for someone to unearth your labor of love from their e-mail inbox, often followed by polite no-thank-yous. Simultaneous submissions are frequently frowned upon, meaning one story might take a year to rehome... all for the previously mentioned $10, and the relief of hearing "yes". 

But this project specifically is even more challenging: in order to maintain my publication rights, these stories will need to remain unpublished until I am prepared to publish them together. That means absolutely no financial gain, save what my patrons - you - are so graciously offering. With every penny, you allow me to justify prioritizing a story's completion versus some other daily task. 

Know that your contributions will directly assist me with this project. In the fanciest cases, you will be affording me the ability to upgrade my tools, attend writing workshops and conventions, and pursue all my options for publishing/promotion. Because I'm a realist, I'll also be candid and thank you for the fact that other months, you'll be affording me the luxury of liquid fabric softener. In both cases, I'll be sharing what the team made happen.

Long-term, I am hoping to bridge the gap between hobby writing and building (dare I say it) a career, and can't imagine a better way than with such an interactive platform. You'll be able to keep up with my reading list, track my progress - holding me accountable means more stories for everyone!

I've tried to be both varied and generous with my offered rewards: you'll be seeing early drafts, flash pieces, and updates on my writing process. I've always worked best with a sense of accountability held overhead. 

Anyway -- let's be friends. They say the darkness is less scary with friends.

Of course, there's only one way to know for certain. We should walk together for a while. 
Tiers
Tip Jar
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
While this doesn't unlock an incredible amount of content, it does give you handy e-mail reminders about any and every free post I make here, while letting me know you think I have a future in the writing industry. Which is, in fact, a huge contribution towards me sitting down every day to set pen to paper. 
Backstage Pass
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
It's not just my gratitude you're buying. You'll be getting behind the scenes access to my writing process, including:


  • Updates and reviews of my current reading selections and recommendations
  • Updates on life, inspiration, magazine / anthology acceptance and rejection statuses. Oh, and cat pictures. Those are important. 
  • First lines from my works in progress & flash drabbles
Pay for Pages
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
I'm terrible at social engagements anyway -- instead of taking me out for coffee once a month, why not push me to work? For just over a dollar a week you'll be getting your paws on digital copies of all the monthly fiction my carny-sized mitts can churn out. Everyone wins!

  • A new piece of fiction every month! This will be at least a flash piece (500-1500 words), but you'll also get to peek at drafts and progress of my short stories. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sample Pack
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Talk about accountability! This level unlocks my current work in progress, a run little roadside romp with Death.
  • Hear the inspiration for this month's fiction: you'll have access to my author notes, and follow my process from start to finish.
  • Digital access to current wip
  • Plus all previous rewards
Investor
$20 or more per month 0 patrons

Guys. This is way better than buying me an overpriced drink or (as much as I love them) scented candle. Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal to you, it's a huge deal to me, and expressing that is hard. Enjoy:

  • The ability to request book or movie reviews, project ideas, etc. (Not that you can't anyway, of course. But you'll have the luxury of me considering your requests to be priority)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Collaboration
$25 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
This is a rather specialized tier, one specially crafted with other writers in mind. This is limited to insure I can provide quality time to each person.
  • Send me a piece of writing once a month and I'll provide edits, feedback and advice! With your permission, I will also feature my favorite pieces here and via my e-mail list.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Book Club
$30 or more per month 4 of 10 patrons
I don't expect you to do this. Honestly. But if you do, my gratitude is extreme. 

  • monthly mailing of a book I recommend. This might be a newly discovered author, a fresh release, or one of my favorites. This will come with a thank you note letting you know what I think is special about this book. I buy secondhand books a lot, your book may be well loved, but it will be carefully picked for what's inside.
  • Special acknowledgement when my short story collection is published
  • All previous reward levels
Goals
$87 of $150 per month
WORK WEEK

Writing full time is still a distant dream, but having the time to make it a viable part-time job's equivalent would be invaluable. If I reach this goal I will be able to spare a week per month from my other jobs to write, and write alone, without guilt or other obligation. 
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THE PROJECT
I am a horror author -- or at least, I'd like to be. My work has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine, in other minor publications, and in 2015 I was the winner of David Wellington's Fear Project, an honor that put me in touch with a major publishing agent. I'm also a quiet member of the Great Lakes Horror Writing Association

These are all things I am very proud of, but it's time for me to push forward. It's my (admittedly ambitious) goal to have a full set of short stories (at least ten, but I would like to think twelve) finished and polished for publication in 2019. 

My obstacles? Two jobs, four kids, and the temptation to say, tomorrow. I can start tomorrow

If you're not yet familiar with my work - and I have no reason to imagine you should be - I've included a sample here, as previously published for the Fear Project. If you want to know my author icons and idols, they include Ray Bradbury, Joe Hill, Shirley Jackson. Caitlin R. Kiernan. Dennis Lehane. Mentioning Stephen King seems redundant, but leaving him out would be blasphemous.

There are many faces to the monsters you'll meet in my writing, but they certainly have common names -- loss. Regret. Rage. Vengeance. You might even glimpse yourself a time or two.

PATRONAGE
Why monthly pledges are invaluable: I know. Writing sounds easy -- as the saying goes, you just sit down [at the keyboard] and bleed. Hypothetically, you can write anywhere. In a pinch, you can write on yourself. 

The pay scale for short stories spans a wide, strange scale: anywhere from a contributor's copy (sweet, but not terribly practical in the long-term, unless you want a convenient way to wave your ego in your friend's faces) to a flat $10/story, to the (best case), per-word reward of around .10/word. Long before you reap any of the rewards, you can expect an average of three months of suspenseful silence waiting for someone to unearth your labor of love from their e-mail inbox, often followed by polite no-thank-yous. Simultaneous submissions are frequently frowned upon, meaning one story might take a year to rehome... all for the previously mentioned $10, and the relief of hearing "yes". 

But this project specifically is even more challenging: in order to maintain my publication rights, these stories will need to remain unpublished until I am prepared to publish them together. That means absolutely no financial gain, save what my patrons - you - are so graciously offering. With every penny, you allow me to justify prioritizing a story's completion versus some other daily task. 

Know that your contributions will directly assist me with this project. In the fanciest cases, you will be affording me the ability to upgrade my tools, attend writing workshops and conventions, and pursue all my options for publishing/promotion. Because I'm a realist, I'll also be candid and thank you for the fact that other months, you'll be affording me the luxury of liquid fabric softener. In both cases, I'll be sharing what the team made happen.

Long-term, I am hoping to bridge the gap between hobby writing and building (dare I say it) a career, and can't imagine a better way than with such an interactive platform. You'll be able to keep up with my reading list, track my progress - holding me accountable means more stories for everyone!

I've tried to be both varied and generous with my offered rewards: you'll be seeing early drafts, flash pieces, and updates on my writing process. I've always worked best with a sense of accountability held overhead. 

Anyway -- let's be friends. They say the darkness is less scary with friends.

Of course, there's only one way to know for certain. We should walk together for a while. 

Recent posts by Laura Hinkle

Tiers
Tip Jar
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
While this doesn't unlock an incredible amount of content, it does give you handy e-mail reminders about any and every free post I make here, while letting me know you think I have a future in the writing industry. Which is, in fact, a huge contribution towards me sitting down every day to set pen to paper. 
Backstage Pass
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
It's not just my gratitude you're buying. You'll be getting behind the scenes access to my writing process, including:


  • Updates and reviews of my current reading selections and recommendations
  • Updates on life, inspiration, magazine / anthology acceptance and rejection statuses. Oh, and cat pictures. Those are important. 
  • First lines from my works in progress & flash drabbles
Pay for Pages
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
I'm terrible at social engagements anyway -- instead of taking me out for coffee once a month, why not push me to work? For just over a dollar a week you'll be getting your paws on digital copies of all the monthly fiction my carny-sized mitts can churn out. Everyone wins!

  • A new piece of fiction every month! This will be at least a flash piece (500-1500 words), but you'll also get to peek at drafts and progress of my short stories. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sample Pack
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Talk about accountability! This level unlocks my current work in progress, a run little roadside romp with Death.
  • Hear the inspiration for this month's fiction: you'll have access to my author notes, and follow my process from start to finish.
  • Digital access to current wip
  • Plus all previous rewards
Investor
$20 or more per month 0 patrons

Guys. This is way better than buying me an overpriced drink or (as much as I love them) scented candle. Even if it doesn't seem like a big deal to you, it's a huge deal to me, and expressing that is hard. Enjoy:

  • The ability to request book or movie reviews, project ideas, etc. (Not that you can't anyway, of course. But you'll have the luxury of me considering your requests to be priority)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Collaboration
$25 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
This is a rather specialized tier, one specially crafted with other writers in mind. This is limited to insure I can provide quality time to each person.
  • Send me a piece of writing once a month and I'll provide edits, feedback and advice! With your permission, I will also feature my favorite pieces here and via my e-mail list.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Book Club
$30 or more per month 4 of 10 patrons
I don't expect you to do this. Honestly. But if you do, my gratitude is extreme. 

  • monthly mailing of a book I recommend. This might be a newly discovered author, a fresh release, or one of my favorites. This will come with a thank you note letting you know what I think is special about this book. I buy secondhand books a lot, your book may be well loved, but it will be carefully picked for what's inside.
  • Special acknowledgement when my short story collection is published
  • All previous reward levels