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Hello, my name is Steven Campbell, creator of the Hard Luck Hank series of novels. I'm a member of SFWA.org and a self-publisher.

www.belvaille.com
www.facebook.com/hardluckhank

The series started in 2013. Since then, I gave up working in hi-tech, in Fortune 100 companies, to try and make people laugh. I haven't regretted the decision, but it's not entirely easy, as the pay cycles on writing are iffy and a bit of a roller coaster.

The Author's Guild did a survey of professional writers in 2015 and found the below facts.
https://www.authorsguild.org/industry-advocacy/the-wages-of-writing/All of my novels make use of artwork, editors, voice talent. I've been told I pay more than even some of the biggest ad agencies and I haven't seen any of my colleagues give higher rates. I've personally been thanked by people I didn't even employ for valuing the labor of my co-creatives so highly. I'm very proud of the artwork I've managed to use as well as the audiobooks. Without my editors, my work would be sloppy indeed.

http://belvaille.com/books.html

I face a challenge of continuing to pay the same rates and continuing to put out work at a non-breakneck pace. The new normal of self-publishing seems to be to crank out as many books as often as possible. But I do enjoy world-building and hopefully making new and exciting environments. I feel if I worked much faster, it would be injurious to the product and make the writing bad. If I'm not having fun, I can't expect the readers to have fun, and that is really the whole point of this job.

I view the Patreon system as a way for those who
1) have the means
2) have the inclination
3) have the beef jerky
to pay more for the writing, to be able to do so. If you get more enjoyment from the books than the cover price would indicate, please consider donating.

The rewards section may be a bit confusing. I don't want to bash people with huge monthly requirements or tie it directly to a novel, which doesn't come out very frequently. So you can donate smaller monthly amounts and when they reach a total, I'll send you products from my swag bag. Because I have to pay for them and shipping, I need to wait until a threshold is reached or I'd simply lose money.
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All the rewards are the same, only the monthly payment is different. You reach different reward milestones depending on how much/fast you contribute. The milestones are:
  1. T-shirt, $50 total contribution (~$25 value)
  2. 2'x3' glossy poster, $100 total contribution (~$65 value)
  3. Phone call, $300 total contribution (~$1 trillion value)
  4. Name character in book, subject to change/obfuscation/approval/limit, $400 total contribution
  5. Autographed limited (5 per series) paperback + psychic powers, $650 total contribution (~$3 gazillion value)
  6. Autographed limited (3 per series) poster + Po slave, $1000 total contribution (~$infinite value--easily that much)
So if you contribute $5 a month, after 5 months you get a t-shirt. After 20 months a poster. After 200 months(!) you get an autographed poster and all the rewards that came before. Some rewards may not be available if you got them later than others, however. All items, especially autographed, subject to availability.
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Hello, my name is Steven Campbell, creator of the Hard Luck Hank series of novels. I'm a member of SFWA.org and a self-publisher.

www.belvaille.com
www.facebook.com/hardluckhank

The series started in 2013. Since then, I gave up working in hi-tech, in Fortune 100 companies, to try and make people laugh. I haven't regretted the decision, but it's not entirely easy, as the pay cycles on writing are iffy and a bit of a roller coaster.

The Author's Guild did a survey of professional writers in 2015 and found the below facts.
https://www.authorsguild.org/industry-advocacy/the-wages-of-writing/All of my novels make use of artwork, editors, voice talent. I've been told I pay more than even some of the biggest ad agencies and I haven't seen any of my colleagues give higher rates. I've personally been thanked by people I didn't even employ for valuing the labor of my co-creatives so highly. I'm very proud of the artwork I've managed to use as well as the audiobooks. Without my editors, my work would be sloppy indeed.

http://belvaille.com/books.html

I face a challenge of continuing to pay the same rates and continuing to put out work at a non-breakneck pace. The new normal of self-publishing seems to be to crank out as many books as often as possible. But I do enjoy world-building and hopefully making new and exciting environments. I feel if I worked much faster, it would be injurious to the product and make the writing bad. If I'm not having fun, I can't expect the readers to have fun, and that is really the whole point of this job.

I view the Patreon system as a way for those who
1) have the means
2) have the inclination
3) have the beef jerky
to pay more for the writing, to be able to do so. If you get more enjoyment from the books than the cover price would indicate, please consider donating.

The rewards section may be a bit confusing. I don't want to bash people with huge monthly requirements or tie it directly to a novel, which doesn't come out very frequently. So you can donate smaller monthly amounts and when they reach a total, I'll send you products from my swag bag. Because I have to pay for them and shipping, I need to wait until a threshold is reached or I'd simply lose money.

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All the rewards are the same, only the monthly payment is different. You reach different reward milestones depending on how much/fast you contribute. The milestones are:
  1. T-shirt, $50 total contribution (~$25 value)
  2. 2'x3' glossy poster, $100 total contribution (~$65 value)
  3. Phone call, $300 total contribution (~$1 trillion value)
  4. Name character in book, subject to change/obfuscation/approval/limit, $400 total contribution
  5. Autographed limited (5 per series) paperback + psychic powers, $650 total contribution (~$3 gazillion value)
  6. Autographed limited (3 per series) poster + Po slave, $1000 total contribution (~$infinite value--easily that much)
So if you contribute $5 a month, after 5 months you get a t-shirt. After 20 months a poster. After 200 months(!) you get an autographed poster and all the rewards that came before. Some rewards may not be available if you got them later than others, however. All items, especially autographed, subject to availability.
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