Talena Winters

is creating story magic for readers and writers.

2

patrons

$3

per month

Hi! Welcome to a wonderland where we make magic with words!


And tea. There must also be tea.

So grab a cuppa your favourite beverage, and let's get to know each other.

Who I Am

I'm a multi-genre fiction writer, journalist, and freelance editor with a background in songwriting, of all things. I'm also a tea and silver lining addict.

My passion is telling stories, connecting them with readers who will love them, and teaching other writers and authorpreneurs to do the same. I am super-excited to create a community of book lovers here on Patreon that I can serve with engaging content about books and literature in a wide range of genres, as well as helping other writers and creatives along their journey.

What do I get out of it? The chance to do more of what I love, of course—create fantastic worlds and heartfelt stories you can curl up inside of. So it's win-win!

How Patreon Works

As a patron, you get the opportunity to support creatives like me directly and help us create a stable income base that allows us to spend less time on worrying about how to pay the rent and more time creating work for you to enjoy.

My goals as a creator are to inspire, entertain, educate, and empower you, so in return for your support, I will give you content that I hope you find valuable—and on Patreon, you can enjoy it without the noise of ads or other clutter so prevalent on other platforms. (Not my website. That is also a content-rich ad-free zone.)

You are free to discontinue your pledge at any time, of course. But if you stick around, I can promise that I've got lofty plans for this community, and the offerings will only keep getting better over time.

That being said, there may be some adjustments and rearranging of benefits and tiers for the first little bit. I promise to always give you good value for what you're paying. But as someone who chronically overbooks herself, I may review the benefits that require a heavier time commitment from me over the first few months and scale them back, if necessary, until I really get into the swing of things (or until the patronage level allows me to hire someone to handle other aspects of my business for me).

What Can You Expect?

This community is geared toward both readers and writers, so you will see content aimed at both groups here. While most writers are readers, the reverse is not necessarily true. That's okay—my goal is to provide you great value for your level of membership whether you are a reader or a writer, and I plan to continue to improve and expand my content offerings over time.

When you join my community, depending on your level of membership, you will receive:

  • Free fiction—digital, print, and audio (when it becomes available). So far, I've written epic young adult science fantasy, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. So there'll be a mix of offerings.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at how I write
  • Peeks at my other work (which includes teaching piano and designing knitwear patterns)
  • Glimpses of my life (I'm a child loss survivor, PTSD survivor, and wife and mother with three teenage boys, two dogs, some cats, and a passion for photography)
  • Book reviews
  • Downloadable goodies, graphics, and word art
  • Your name in my story/book acknowledgements
  • Tips and tricks about how to be a better writer and authorpreneur
  • Monthly webinars and classes that will help you increase your writing and business skills for a fraction of the cost of taking an online class. These will sometimes include the opportunity for you to have your work anonymously critiqued to help both you and others become better writers.
  • Q&A sessions to pick my brain
  • Heads up—you're probably going to hear about hot caffeinated beverages on a regular basis. I mean, how do you think I pack so much in? ;-)

Why Patreon?

There are many advantages to both content creators and consumers who participate in a membership-based model on Patreon.

Here are the advantages for you:

  • Ad-free zone both here and on my website. I am frequently approached to post sponsored or ad content, and have made the decision not to do so. Your support helps me post content for you without cluttering everything up with annoying ads.
  • Exclusive content.
  • Early access to non-exclusive content.
  • Knowing you are supporting your favourite creators directly and indirectly (since I use some of my income to hire other creators while running my business)
  • Enabling me to create the content you love faster.
  • Knowing you are subsidizing the non-exclusive content I create for the public here and elsewhere, which means that you are paying it forward to people around the world. How awesome is that?

Here are the advantages for me:

  • As my income stabilizes, I can phase out less-profitable sources of income that do not fit my goals and focus on creating great fiction and inspiring content for you and my other clients
  • Having a core community on Patreon means I need to spend less of my time and income on advertising, which allows me to reinvest more into producing my books and classes for you
  • I currently work a 57-hour week, but the amount of income I contribute to my family is something I could generate at a (VERY) part-time minimum-wage job because I re-invest so much into producing my books. A Patreon income means that I can not only write and produce high-quality fiction, but also allows me to help support my family in a meaningful way—and spend more time with them, too. To me, this is the most exciting part!

Enough About Me, What About You?

I love writing my newsletters, but they are often one-way. Besides empowering both you and me to continue to enjoy and create great writing, one of my main goals for this space is to create a community where people can talk to each other and help each other out. Plus, I want to get to know you!

I'm currently learning the ins and outs of Discord so I can make a private server available for our community to hang out, too. (Let me know if that's something that interests you.)

Please comment on posts, send me direct messages, or ask me questions here or on any of my social media platforms ( InstagramTwitter, and Facebook). I love hearing from you, and your question will also help others if I use it in the monthly Q&A sessions.

So go grab a cuppa and let's chat about life, the universe, and everything… especially books.

And tea. :-)



Note:
I offer one-on-one coaching and editing services through my website at www.talenawinters.com/editing. If you would like personalized help developing your fiction, please contact me through there. I'd love to work with you!


If you want to leave me a one-time tip, go to my Ko-fi page.
If you want to keep in touch and see my free public content, hit the "Follow" button.

Current Fiction Rewards:

Digital fiction rewards will be delivered via Bookfunnel using a download code. The code will be sent to you by email after you sign up.

Full-length Novels in the order they will be sent:
The Undine's Tear
Finding Heaven
The Friday Night Date Dress


Short stories currently available for download:
Up In Smoke

Works-in-progress:

Novels:
The Sphinx's Heart (Book 2 of the Rise of the Grigori trilogy)

Short Stories:
TBA soon
Tiers
Hobbit
$1 or more per month

"I don't want any adventures, thank you. Please come to tea any time you like. Why not tomorrow?" - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


Welcome! I'm so glad you're here—today, not tomorrow! Just by showing up, you are giving me a bit of encouragement to keep doing what I do and keep encouraging you. Completely win-win, right? So grab a cuppa and let's enjoy a nice, comfortable chat, shall we?


As a Hobbit, you will receive:

  • Personalized thank you video for joining
  • Patron-only activity feed
  • Coupon code for 15% off books and merchandise at TalenaWinters.com
Fairy Paramedic
$2.99 or more per month

"If you believe in fairies," Peter shouted, "clap your hands! Don't let Tink die!" - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Welcome! I'm so glad you're here! Your support is helping bring fairies and other magical mysteries to life.


As a Fairy Paramedic, you will receive:

  • Everything in the first level, plus:
  • Free short story as often as I can write them (unedited until patronage reaches my third goal).  My target is to release a story every three months. Access to the past four short stories at one time.
  • Name in acknowledgements of my next short story.
  • Early access to weekly downloadable graphics such as awesome literary quotes, inspirational desktop wallpapers, photographs, etc.
Mad Hatter
$4.99 or more per month

"We're all mad here," said the cat.

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Welcome! We've saved some tea for you, and I got you an (un-)birthday present or six.


As a Mad Hatter, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • Deleted chapters or scenes from works in progress, unedited.
  • Exclusive content related to my fiction like maps, artwork, or printables.
  • Free digital copy of my most recent book on pledge, then one more novel per month until my catalogue is dry.
  • Free early-access digital copy of new books
  • When first goal is reached, access to up to four short stories at a time in audio book format.
Word Wizards
$9.99 or more per month

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


You are not just a lover of words, you are a student of them and want to know the potions and tricks that will bend them to your will. This level of membership is the best value for writers in our community.


As a Word Wizard, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • Name in acknowledgements of my next book
  • Early access to videos where I'll give writing tips, answer questions from community members, read aloud from my work, give sneak previews, and more. 2 videos/month.
  • Exclusive monthly live video sessions with Q&As and Live Critiques from submitted work (read anonymously).
  • After first goal is reached, free full-length audio books as they are released. Free access to one more audio book title each month until my catalogue runs dry.
Treasure Hunters
$24.99 or more per month

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney


You like to have things you can touch and hold to remember your book by. You like to extend your reading getaway to the real world.


As a Treasure Hunter, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • A personal video from me once a year thanking you for your support.
  • When I publish anthologies of the short stories I've created for my patrons, you'll get a signed paperback version. Must have been at this level for two months to receive this benefit.
  • Coupon for free shipping on books and merchandise at TalenaWinters.com (Canada & USA only)
Word Warrior
$99.99 or more per month only 4 left

"It was at times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockinbird


You are in the writing trenches on a regular basis, and you could use a little extra help fighting your way through your current plot problem. Or maybe you just want to pick my brain for a while about the business of writing, my process, or my favourite books and teas.


As a Word Warrior, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • A monthly 60-minute phone call about whatever you want. This could also be a hook-up for your classroom or organization, and I could teach one of my one-hour workshops (which currently include The Log Line or 5-Point Plot Structure).


Note: Feel free to bump up to this level for one month to receive this benefit, then downgrade to your favourite level of membership. 

Goals
$3 of $750 per month
This goal will allow me to up my weekly writing time. At this point, I'll start publishing one short story per month (unedited).
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Hi! Welcome to a wonderland where we make magic with words!


And tea. There must also be tea.

So grab a cuppa your favourite beverage, and let's get to know each other.

Who I Am

I'm a multi-genre fiction writer, journalist, and freelance editor with a background in songwriting, of all things. I'm also a tea and silver lining addict.

My passion is telling stories, connecting them with readers who will love them, and teaching other writers and authorpreneurs to do the same. I am super-excited to create a community of book lovers here on Patreon that I can serve with engaging content about books and literature in a wide range of genres, as well as helping other writers and creatives along their journey.

What do I get out of it? The chance to do more of what I love, of course—create fantastic worlds and heartfelt stories you can curl up inside of. So it's win-win!

How Patreon Works

As a patron, you get the opportunity to support creatives like me directly and help us create a stable income base that allows us to spend less time on worrying about how to pay the rent and more time creating work for you to enjoy.

My goals as a creator are to inspire, entertain, educate, and empower you, so in return for your support, I will give you content that I hope you find valuable—and on Patreon, you can enjoy it without the noise of ads or other clutter so prevalent on other platforms. (Not my website. That is also a content-rich ad-free zone.)

You are free to discontinue your pledge at any time, of course. But if you stick around, I can promise that I've got lofty plans for this community, and the offerings will only keep getting better over time.

That being said, there may be some adjustments and rearranging of benefits and tiers for the first little bit. I promise to always give you good value for what you're paying. But as someone who chronically overbooks herself, I may review the benefits that require a heavier time commitment from me over the first few months and scale them back, if necessary, until I really get into the swing of things (or until the patronage level allows me to hire someone to handle other aspects of my business for me).

What Can You Expect?

This community is geared toward both readers and writers, so you will see content aimed at both groups here. While most writers are readers, the reverse is not necessarily true. That's okay—my goal is to provide you great value for your level of membership whether you are a reader or a writer, and I plan to continue to improve and expand my content offerings over time.

When you join my community, depending on your level of membership, you will receive:

  • Free fiction—digital, print, and audio (when it becomes available). So far, I've written epic young adult science fantasy, urban fantasy, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. So there'll be a mix of offerings.
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at how I write
  • Peeks at my other work (which includes teaching piano and designing knitwear patterns)
  • Glimpses of my life (I'm a child loss survivor, PTSD survivor, and wife and mother with three teenage boys, two dogs, some cats, and a passion for photography)
  • Book reviews
  • Downloadable goodies, graphics, and word art
  • Your name in my story/book acknowledgements
  • Tips and tricks about how to be a better writer and authorpreneur
  • Monthly webinars and classes that will help you increase your writing and business skills for a fraction of the cost of taking an online class. These will sometimes include the opportunity for you to have your work anonymously critiqued to help both you and others become better writers.
  • Q&A sessions to pick my brain
  • Heads up—you're probably going to hear about hot caffeinated beverages on a regular basis. I mean, how do you think I pack so much in? ;-)

Why Patreon?

There are many advantages to both content creators and consumers who participate in a membership-based model on Patreon.

Here are the advantages for you:

  • Ad-free zone both here and on my website. I am frequently approached to post sponsored or ad content, and have made the decision not to do so. Your support helps me post content for you without cluttering everything up with annoying ads.
  • Exclusive content.
  • Early access to non-exclusive content.
  • Knowing you are supporting your favourite creators directly and indirectly (since I use some of my income to hire other creators while running my business)
  • Enabling me to create the content you love faster.
  • Knowing you are subsidizing the non-exclusive content I create for the public here and elsewhere, which means that you are paying it forward to people around the world. How awesome is that?

Here are the advantages for me:

  • As my income stabilizes, I can phase out less-profitable sources of income that do not fit my goals and focus on creating great fiction and inspiring content for you and my other clients
  • Having a core community on Patreon means I need to spend less of my time and income on advertising, which allows me to reinvest more into producing my books and classes for you
  • I currently work a 57-hour week, but the amount of income I contribute to my family is something I could generate at a (VERY) part-time minimum-wage job because I re-invest so much into producing my books. A Patreon income means that I can not only write and produce high-quality fiction, but also allows me to help support my family in a meaningful way—and spend more time with them, too. To me, this is the most exciting part!

Enough About Me, What About You?

I love writing my newsletters, but they are often one-way. Besides empowering both you and me to continue to enjoy and create great writing, one of my main goals for this space is to create a community where people can talk to each other and help each other out. Plus, I want to get to know you!

I'm currently learning the ins and outs of Discord so I can make a private server available for our community to hang out, too. (Let me know if that's something that interests you.)

Please comment on posts, send me direct messages, or ask me questions here or on any of my social media platforms ( InstagramTwitter, and Facebook). I love hearing from you, and your question will also help others if I use it in the monthly Q&A sessions.

So go grab a cuppa and let's chat about life, the universe, and everything… especially books.

And tea. :-)



Note:
I offer one-on-one coaching and editing services through my website at www.talenawinters.com/editing. If you would like personalized help developing your fiction, please contact me through there. I'd love to work with you!


If you want to leave me a one-time tip, go to my Ko-fi page.
If you want to keep in touch and see my free public content, hit the "Follow" button.

Current Fiction Rewards:

Digital fiction rewards will be delivered via Bookfunnel using a download code. The code will be sent to you by email after you sign up.

Full-length Novels in the order they will be sent:
The Undine's Tear
Finding Heaven
The Friday Night Date Dress


Short stories currently available for download:
Up In Smoke

Works-in-progress:

Novels:
The Sphinx's Heart (Book 2 of the Rise of the Grigori trilogy)

Short Stories:
TBA soon

Recent posts by Talena Winters

Tiers
Hobbit
$1 or more per month

"I don't want any adventures, thank you. Please come to tea any time you like. Why not tomorrow?" - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


Welcome! I'm so glad you're here—today, not tomorrow! Just by showing up, you are giving me a bit of encouragement to keep doing what I do and keep encouraging you. Completely win-win, right? So grab a cuppa and let's enjoy a nice, comfortable chat, shall we?


As a Hobbit, you will receive:

  • Personalized thank you video for joining
  • Patron-only activity feed
  • Coupon code for 15% off books and merchandise at TalenaWinters.com
Fairy Paramedic
$2.99 or more per month

"If you believe in fairies," Peter shouted, "clap your hands! Don't let Tink die!" - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Welcome! I'm so glad you're here! Your support is helping bring fairies and other magical mysteries to life.


As a Fairy Paramedic, you will receive:

  • Everything in the first level, plus:
  • Free short story as often as I can write them (unedited until patronage reaches my third goal).  My target is to release a story every three months. Access to the past four short stories at one time.
  • Name in acknowledgements of my next short story.
  • Early access to weekly downloadable graphics such as awesome literary quotes, inspirational desktop wallpapers, photographs, etc.
Mad Hatter
$4.99 or more per month

"We're all mad here," said the cat.

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Welcome! We've saved some tea for you, and I got you an (un-)birthday present or six.


As a Mad Hatter, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • Deleted chapters or scenes from works in progress, unedited.
  • Exclusive content related to my fiction like maps, artwork, or printables.
  • Free digital copy of my most recent book on pledge, then one more novel per month until my catalogue is dry.
  • Free early-access digital copy of new books
  • When first goal is reached, access to up to four short stories at a time in audio book format.
Word Wizards
$9.99 or more per month

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


You are not just a lover of words, you are a student of them and want to know the potions and tricks that will bend them to your will. This level of membership is the best value for writers in our community.


As a Word Wizard, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • Name in acknowledgements of my next book
  • Early access to videos where I'll give writing tips, answer questions from community members, read aloud from my work, give sneak previews, and more. 2 videos/month.
  • Exclusive monthly live video sessions with Q&As and Live Critiques from submitted work (read anonymously).
  • After first goal is reached, free full-length audio books as they are released. Free access to one more audio book title each month until my catalogue runs dry.
Treasure Hunters
$24.99 or more per month

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney


You like to have things you can touch and hold to remember your book by. You like to extend your reading getaway to the real world.


As a Treasure Hunter, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • A personal video from me once a year thanking you for your support.
  • When I publish anthologies of the short stories I've created for my patrons, you'll get a signed paperback version. Must have been at this level for two months to receive this benefit.
  • Coupon for free shipping on books and merchandise at TalenaWinters.com (Canada & USA only)
Word Warrior
$99.99 or more per month only 4 left

"It was at times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockinbird


You are in the writing trenches on a regular basis, and you could use a little extra help fighting your way through your current plot problem. Or maybe you just want to pick my brain for a while about the business of writing, my process, or my favourite books and teas.


As a Word Warrior, you will receive:

  • Everything in the previous levels, plus:
  • A monthly 60-minute phone call about whatever you want. This could also be a hook-up for your classroom or organization, and I could teach one of my one-hour workshops (which currently include The Log Line or 5-Point Plot Structure).


Note: Feel free to bump up to this level for one month to receive this benefit, then downgrade to your favourite level of membership.