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

www.hardluckhank.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. For instance, my last novel was twice as long as my first, and took twice as long to write. But I'm not paid by the hour or the word. The book has the same cover price as all my other books.

All of my novels make use of artwork, editors, voice talent (audiobooks). 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.

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 suffer. 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 be able to pay more for my writing. If you get more enjoyment from the books than the cover price would indicate, please consider donating.

I really like the concept of Patreon because it harkens back to just about every point in history where artists were subsidized by wealthy patrons. This is why we have so many Renaissance portraits of rich merchants. Not because the artists thought those particular plump men were fascinating, but because they were paid. A book has one price. Sometimes, people can buy them on sale. But if you want to subsidize a writer, you can either buy a bunch of books, or use a means like Patreon. In the internet age, we don't have to find one wealthy family or religion or business to work for, we can crowdsource.

I'm trying to upload all my notes and brainstorming and draft artwork for the books. Patrons can view that information.
Tiers
Pal
$1 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.  

The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Backer
$5 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Friend
$20 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Benefactor
$30 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Patron
$40 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Super Lord High Patron Supreme
$100 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

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

www.hardluckhank.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. For instance, my last novel was twice as long as my first, and took twice as long to write. But I'm not paid by the hour or the word. The book has the same cover price as all my other books.

All of my novels make use of artwork, editors, voice talent (audiobooks). 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.

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 suffer. 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 be able to pay more for my writing. If you get more enjoyment from the books than the cover price would indicate, please consider donating.

I really like the concept of Patreon because it harkens back to just about every point in history where artists were subsidized by wealthy patrons. This is why we have so many Renaissance portraits of rich merchants. Not because the artists thought those particular plump men were fascinating, but because they were paid. A book has one price. Sometimes, people can buy them on sale. But if you want to subsidize a writer, you can either buy a bunch of books, or use a means like Patreon. In the internet age, we don't have to find one wealthy family or religion or business to work for, we can crowdsource.

I'm trying to upload all my notes and brainstorming and draft artwork for the books. Patrons can view that information.

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Tiers
Pal
$1 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.  

The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Backer
$5 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Friend
$20 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Benefactor
$30 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Patron
$40 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you. 

Super Lord High Patron Supreme
$100 or more per month

Here's the skinny. If you contribute $50 or more, you get access to the Patreon subforum on my website. I am in the process up uploading background information on all my books. This includes notes, sketches, roughs, contracts, and whatever else I can find. It will have tons of spoilers. But the bottom line is, you're helping me make books.    


The only difference in tiers is how quickly you pass the threshold and how comfortable it is for you.