Author Taylor Stevensis creating Fiction and Teaching Others How it's Done
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* Access to a Patron only video stream in which I will (for the first time ever, but on no predictable or set schedule) post short videos about whatever's on my mind.
* Ability to ask questions to get answered in those ^^^ videos: about my books or characters or story locations, my background, my day-to-day life, the writer life--this is your space so feel free to ask away.
This kind of setup is what gave us those pretty pictures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Lordships with castles have mostly since gone away but art patrons still exist. Today we call them philanthropists and they use words like endowments and don’t tend to focus on individual artists. Patronage is also how a lot of symphonies and museums stay funded, and they use high-rolling tight-circle words like society and friends of.
This site brings the patronage concept to a level the rest of us can afford. Here, with as little as a few dollars a month, fans who really love a writer, or artist, or musician, make it possible for creators to create without worrying about (figuratively) selling their paintbrushes to (literally) pay for bread.
Who I am: An award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist of seven-and-a-half Jason Bournesque international thrillers, the first series featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, a mercenary information hunter, and the second, Jack and Jill, assassin twins who take family dysfunction and sibling rivalry to whole new level. My work has been nominated for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, longlisted for the Wilber Smith Adventure Writing Prize, is a three-time winner of the Barry Award, and is published in over twenty languages. The Informationist has been optioned for film by James Cameron’s production company. Fingers crossed he still wants to make it by the time Avatars two through five are finished.
All the books I've written are here.
By odds and expectations I should never have become either successful or published. Born into an apocalyptic cult and raised in communes across the globe, I grew up as a child laborer in an environment where books, movies, music, and pop-culture from the outside were strictly forbidden and education beyond the basics was a waste of time. My schooling stopped in sixth grade.
There’s a longer version of my background here.
And a lot more detail about the journey from cult baby to novelist here and more here.
What I do: My resume is a big blank space and I'm solidly ruined for any corporate ladder climb so I do what I'm good at which is write kickass stories and teach others everything I've taught myself about how it's done. You can still find all of my current material free:
** By slow email drip where you get insider publishing details, contract breakdowns, thoughts on overcoming adversity and generally everything I learned on my journey into publishing.
** By weekly podcast where together with my good friend Stephen Campbell of The Author Biz we solve real-life listener writing issues that run from procrastination to character points-of-view, go into hard-core line and story editing, and generally kick writing in the butt one word at a time.
** On the agenda, not yet in production, and based on the tips, tricks, and writing hacks I figured out while reverse-engineering my way to publication is Hack the Craft, a program for novelists and storytellers who want to shortcut their way to cleaner, stronger, better writing.
** Of my own writing there are several stories in progress including the next Vanessa Michael Munroe novel.
Why I’ve Chosen Patreon: Creating for a living can bring a lot of uncertainty. As the publishing industry continues to change, my own uncertainty has reached an all time high and this has forced a few creativity-killing choices for the sake of paying the bills. I'd really like to reverse that trend and so I've come here to collaborate with:
** Anyone who appreciates the time investment that goes into creating the free material and would like to keep it coming,
** Readers, listeners, and curiosity seekers, who want to be involved in keeping the creativity flow alive,
** Fans and friends who love me and who, in place of taking me to real life coffee or dinner, would use this as a way to put a little slack into an otherwise austere author budget.
The most immediate goal is to try to get all expenses for hosting and servicing the websites, podcasts, and email streams self-sustaining. If funding goes beyond those basics I would like to bring THE VESSEL (which has only been available in eBook and audio) into print, publish an already written book that sits outside the thriller genre, and even be able to set-up fan-based events in areas that haven't been on my publisher's radar.
How far we get will depend on the goals we reach.
You can find more detail on each of these goals and the funding we'd need to be able to attain them by scrolling up ^^^ looking over there <-- and clicking the little arrow to tab through the goals. (If you're on a mobile device you'll find them way down at the bottom.)
What You Get in Exchange*: My biggest challenge has been finding ways to provide value at each patronage level. Most writers and creators seem to do this by offering new exclusive content but since I labor over my work (read: I'm slow) and already give away the best of me for free, that doesn't leave much wiggle-room for coming up with more without eating into limited writing time which would defeat the whole purpose of setting this up. I've done my best to offer what I'm able based on what I thought might be of value to you. If there’s something else you'd appreciate instead, please tell me about it.
* It kind of goes without saying but long-term future rewards that may or may not materialize--such as not-yet-built programs or free copies of books that have yet to be published--are only able to distribute to patrons who are active at the time the reward becomes available.