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   Patrons have been the lifeblood of artists, writers, and other creatives for millennia. I imagine that the brave soul in the Stone Age who ventured deep into the caves of Altamira Spain to paint aurochs had brawny hunters topside who provided roasted aurochs for his family's sustenance.

(courtesy of Wikipedia Commons and Museo de Altamira y D. Rodriguez) 
      In 1973, I began a career as a television journalist with a job racing news film around Washington DC on a really sweet BMW R60/5 motorcycle. Among other highlights, I was in the hallway during the Saturday Night Massacre and watched Vice President Spiro Agnew enter State Court in Baltimore to plead "nolo contendere" to taking cash bribes. 
     Promoted to producer, I spent 20 years at ABC News: ranging from AM America to Nightline with Ted Koppel. During those years, I heard bullets zip past in Beirut, was rousted by a policeman outside an illegal union meeting in apartheid South Africa, followed Ted Kennedy and Ron Reagan on the campaign trail, and found myself on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall on that historic evening in November 1989 when the world changed.
     OK, it was the most fun that anyone could have and I did win an armful of Emmys but one too many 72-hour edit sessions put me in a hospital and I turned to writing.
     For a quarter-century, I crafted scripts for shows, field reports, and documentaries and had my words read by a number of brilliant writers who burnished my work and by a far lesser number who would have read Bazooka Joe if it showed on the Teleprompter. It was a vocation where every word had to be exact, where I needed to become an expert in an afternoon, and where ten minutes to write was a luxury reserved for lead stories and heartfelt testimonials.
     Several years ago, I decided to compose novels. Coming off my speed-freak work habits, Courier, my first thriller, was completed in six weeks and the sequel, Warrior, in three months. I found an agent and he found a publisher. Movie options were just around the corner. The brass ring was within my reach.
     Yeah, right.
     The publisher vanished in a corporate reshuffle, the agent turned a corner like Orson Welles in The Third Man, and the movie studio that called had previously produced Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Squeakwell. Don't get me wrong, I'd have taken an offer for peanuts but they never called back. 
     When in doubt, keep writing. 
     Day of the Dragonking: Book 1 of the Last American Wizard was a Publisher's Weekly Indie Book of the Year but my  Swiftian satire on political Washington was "trumped" by reality. I plotted out the arc of Taxi Dancer, the first in a planned series of private detective novels based in 1930's Manila. (These books are inspired by the research and writing of the PBS documentary Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust which included an interview with the daughter of real-life Philippine detective Angel Zervoulakos.)
    Just as I finished the third chapter, I received an email from legendary ABC News cameraman Yasutsune "Tony" Hirashiki. Tony-san wrote that he'd bought my first novel and wanted to compliment me on how I'd written about the "invisible wounds" my Vietnam Veteran protagonist was trying to endure. I responded with thanks but needed to make clear that I had based the character on friends at ABC since I hadn't served. Tony, as it turned out, had worked in Saigon for a decade with many of the same correspondents and staff. I wrote that this would make a great memoir and then found out that Tony had already published it to critical praise and national awards--in Japan.
     As is said at ABC, Tony communicates superbly in no known language and consequently tried his own translation with a Japanese-English dictionary. The result was exquisite but incomprehensible "Jinglish." Fortunately, I had worked extensively with Japanese motorcycle manuals in the 1970s and had become fluent in "Jinglish." One email led to another and I had the opportunity to work with him for the next three years as we researched, edited, re-wrote, and marketed his book as On the Frontlines of the Television War: Casemate Publishing's #1 selection in Spring 2017.
   Oddly enough, the book was begun and completed via email, Tony and I never spoke much less met until we'd signed a publishing contract. It's amazing how much you can come to love someone through the power of the written word. 
  There were many intangible benefits: showing the art of a cameraman in still images drawn from 50-year-old films, learning of the courage and humanity of the reporters (American and Asian) who invented TV news in the middle of a war, knowing every word was mine but it remained completely Tony's book, and moments like that shown in the cover photo above where I hosted three of my personal heroes at the National Archives: Tony, Ted Koppel, and Barrie Dunsmore.   
   In the meantime, tangible benefits were a bit low so I started my own publishing company (roninrobotpress.com,) developed a line of t-shirts and hats (zazzle.com/terryirving,) and wrote a raft of ebooks under a host of pseudonyms. My income is slowly increasing but I still post Instagrams (#lyftwriter) of post-midnight Washington as I drive drunks home in my UberX.
     So. 
     I'm asking for you to become a part of all this. Become an ally in my effort to write the best books I can and not just the easiest books I can sell. Give me the time to find another agent and claw my way back into the world of real publishing. Watch as I strive to pass on a lifetime of experience by editing the books of authors who can't afford to pay and continuing my two-way telecasts on Nepris (nepris.com) where I engage high-school students interested in television news, creative writing, and slam poetry. 
     This will be a case of doing well while doing good. Enjoy chapters before they're published, book covers in the review process, stories of some rather odd moments in television production (driving at 100 mph to Miami with Hunter Thompson and a six-pack of Heineken, a bottle of Pinch, and his ounce of coke springs to mind.)  Work with me to create better books by reading and critiquing the raw product.
     Make sure there is an aurochs waiting to drop on the grill. 
     If that's not in the cards, I would like to thank you for reading all this way and hope that you find another creator to support on Patreon.
Tiers
An Uber Tip
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
It's actually a financial win over the average Uber tip (which is ZERO) and it means so much more. My sincere thanks, best wishes, and access to much of what I publish on this page.
An Uber Fare
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
That's one 4 a.m. ride I don't have to seek out and quite possibly one time I won't have to wash out the back seat. Patrons get all of the above plus the promise that I will think of you every Saturday night.
Time With My Grandchildren
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
All of the largess earned by the Uber Fare and the knowledge that, for once, Grandbear will not have to work and will hold (now) and play (later) with his grandkids. Maybe have time to take the one who's joining the Navy to a ball game. 
A Personalized Late Night Black & White
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
One of my existing #lyftwriter photos digitally signed and emailed to you.
Patron-Only Feed (Live and Taped)
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
A live feed where I tell you what's going on, show sneak peeks of covers, read bits of new chapters, and tell stories. 

You will also be guaranteed a place in the Acknowledgements section of my books.

My Secret Life
$29 or more per month 0 patrons
Pseudonyms are so easy to do these days. Patrons at this level get access to all my secret ebooks--one pdf copy a month. 
Beta Reader
$50 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
You will be one of the select few to read chapters or entire books and give me your best critique. I can't promise to take your advice and I never discuss suggestions for fear of getting into a fight but a lot of ideas do make their way in. 
Midnight Photo on Demand
$50 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
A black and white photo of a subject you request (within limits,) printed on old-fashioned photo paper, NOT placed on Instagram, signed, and shipped. 
Signed Copies of My Books
$75 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
A paperback copy of the Ronin Robot editions of Courier, Warrior, Day of the Dragonking (The Last American Wizard) and any new books, made out to you, signed, and dated. A different book every other month and new books as they emerge. 
Collectible Copy of Courier
$100 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Random House said they would mulch the remaining copies of my book so I bought 100 copies, signed and dated them on New Year's Eve 2014, and sealed them in plastic. I have one left.
Immortality
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name as a character in one of my books. (Of course, you could suggest the name of a loved one instead.) 
Editing
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
I will do a preliminary evaluation of your manuscript and an edit of the first chapter. If you want to continue, I will give you a day of editing every month. This might also be something to give to a loved one. (Note: I'm lousy at many things, among them Woman's Literature and Poetry of any kind. Best at genre fiction.) 
Unbelievable Patron
$500 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
I really can't give you anything that would be a sufficient reward for this so I'm not going to promise anything tangible. I'll have to think of what could possibly be enough for such generosity. However, I will warn you that the shock might kill me right off so one reward could be that I promise not to haunt you. 
Goals
$577 of $1,500 per month
I can stop driving Uber and will actually see my wife and family on the weekends. 
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   Thank you for considering becoming a Patron!
   Patrons have been the lifeblood of artists, writers, and other creatives for millennia. I imagine that the brave soul in the Stone Age who ventured deep into the caves of Altamira Spain to paint aurochs had brawny hunters topside who provided roasted aurochs for his family's sustenance.

(courtesy of Wikipedia Commons and Museo de Altamira y D. Rodriguez) 
      In 1973, I began a career as a television journalist with a job racing news film around Washington DC on a really sweet BMW R60/5 motorcycle. Among other highlights, I was in the hallway during the Saturday Night Massacre and watched Vice President Spiro Agnew enter State Court in Baltimore to plead "nolo contendere" to taking cash bribes. 
     Promoted to producer, I spent 20 years at ABC News: ranging from AM America to Nightline with Ted Koppel. During those years, I heard bullets zip past in Beirut, was rousted by a policeman outside an illegal union meeting in apartheid South Africa, followed Ted Kennedy and Ron Reagan on the campaign trail, and found myself on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall on that historic evening in November 1989 when the world changed.
     OK, it was the most fun that anyone could have and I did win an armful of Emmys but one too many 72-hour edit sessions put me in a hospital and I turned to writing.
     For a quarter-century, I crafted scripts for shows, field reports, and documentaries and had my words read by a number of brilliant writers who burnished my work and by a far lesser number who would have read Bazooka Joe if it showed on the Teleprompter. It was a vocation where every word had to be exact, where I needed to become an expert in an afternoon, and where ten minutes to write was a luxury reserved for lead stories and heartfelt testimonials.
     Several years ago, I decided to compose novels. Coming off my speed-freak work habits, Courier, my first thriller, was completed in six weeks and the sequel, Warrior, in three months. I found an agent and he found a publisher. Movie options were just around the corner. The brass ring was within my reach.
     Yeah, right.
     The publisher vanished in a corporate reshuffle, the agent turned a corner like Orson Welles in The Third Man, and the movie studio that called had previously produced Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Squeakwell. Don't get me wrong, I'd have taken an offer for peanuts but they never called back. 
     When in doubt, keep writing. 
     Day of the Dragonking: Book 1 of the Last American Wizard was a Publisher's Weekly Indie Book of the Year but my  Swiftian satire on political Washington was "trumped" by reality. I plotted out the arc of Taxi Dancer, the first in a planned series of private detective novels based in 1930's Manila. (These books are inspired by the research and writing of the PBS documentary Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust which included an interview with the daughter of real-life Philippine detective Angel Zervoulakos.)
    Just as I finished the third chapter, I received an email from legendary ABC News cameraman Yasutsune "Tony" Hirashiki. Tony-san wrote that he'd bought my first novel and wanted to compliment me on how I'd written about the "invisible wounds" my Vietnam Veteran protagonist was trying to endure. I responded with thanks but needed to make clear that I had based the character on friends at ABC since I hadn't served. Tony, as it turned out, had worked in Saigon for a decade with many of the same correspondents and staff. I wrote that this would make a great memoir and then found out that Tony had already published it to critical praise and national awards--in Japan.
     As is said at ABC, Tony communicates superbly in no known language and consequently tried his own translation with a Japanese-English dictionary. The result was exquisite but incomprehensible "Jinglish." Fortunately, I had worked extensively with Japanese motorcycle manuals in the 1970s and had become fluent in "Jinglish." One email led to another and I had the opportunity to work with him for the next three years as we researched, edited, re-wrote, and marketed his book as On the Frontlines of the Television War: Casemate Publishing's #1 selection in Spring 2017.
   Oddly enough, the book was begun and completed via email, Tony and I never spoke much less met until we'd signed a publishing contract. It's amazing how much you can come to love someone through the power of the written word. 
  There were many intangible benefits: showing the art of a cameraman in still images drawn from 50-year-old films, learning of the courage and humanity of the reporters (American and Asian) who invented TV news in the middle of a war, knowing every word was mine but it remained completely Tony's book, and moments like that shown in the cover photo above where I hosted three of my personal heroes at the National Archives: Tony, Ted Koppel, and Barrie Dunsmore.   
   In the meantime, tangible benefits were a bit low so I started my own publishing company (roninrobotpress.com,) developed a line of t-shirts and hats (zazzle.com/terryirving,) and wrote a raft of ebooks under a host of pseudonyms. My income is slowly increasing but I still post Instagrams (#lyftwriter) of post-midnight Washington as I drive drunks home in my UberX.
     So. 
     I'm asking for you to become a part of all this. Become an ally in my effort to write the best books I can and not just the easiest books I can sell. Give me the time to find another agent and claw my way back into the world of real publishing. Watch as I strive to pass on a lifetime of experience by editing the books of authors who can't afford to pay and continuing my two-way telecasts on Nepris (nepris.com) where I engage high-school students interested in television news, creative writing, and slam poetry. 
     This will be a case of doing well while doing good. Enjoy chapters before they're published, book covers in the review process, stories of some rather odd moments in television production (driving at 100 mph to Miami with Hunter Thompson and a six-pack of Heineken, a bottle of Pinch, and his ounce of coke springs to mind.)  Work with me to create better books by reading and critiquing the raw product.
     Make sure there is an aurochs waiting to drop on the grill. 
     If that's not in the cards, I would like to thank you for reading all this way and hope that you find another creator to support on Patreon.

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Tiers
An Uber Tip
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
It's actually a financial win over the average Uber tip (which is ZERO) and it means so much more. My sincere thanks, best wishes, and access to much of what I publish on this page.
An Uber Fare
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
That's one 4 a.m. ride I don't have to seek out and quite possibly one time I won't have to wash out the back seat. Patrons get all of the above plus the promise that I will think of you every Saturday night.
Time With My Grandchildren
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
All of the largess earned by the Uber Fare and the knowledge that, for once, Grandbear will not have to work and will hold (now) and play (later) with his grandkids. Maybe have time to take the one who's joining the Navy to a ball game. 
A Personalized Late Night Black & White
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
One of my existing #lyftwriter photos digitally signed and emailed to you.
Patron-Only Feed (Live and Taped)
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
A live feed where I tell you what's going on, show sneak peeks of covers, read bits of new chapters, and tell stories. 

You will also be guaranteed a place in the Acknowledgements section of my books.

My Secret Life
$29 or more per month 0 patrons
Pseudonyms are so easy to do these days. Patrons at this level get access to all my secret ebooks--one pdf copy a month. 
Beta Reader
$50 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
You will be one of the select few to read chapters or entire books and give me your best critique. I can't promise to take your advice and I never discuss suggestions for fear of getting into a fight but a lot of ideas do make their way in. 
Midnight Photo on Demand
$50 or more per month 0 of 25 patrons
A black and white photo of a subject you request (within limits,) printed on old-fashioned photo paper, NOT placed on Instagram, signed, and shipped. 
Signed Copies of My Books
$75 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
A paperback copy of the Ronin Robot editions of Courier, Warrior, Day of the Dragonking (The Last American Wizard) and any new books, made out to you, signed, and dated. A different book every other month and new books as they emerge. 
Collectible Copy of Courier
$100 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Random House said they would mulch the remaining copies of my book so I bought 100 copies, signed and dated them on New Year's Eve 2014, and sealed them in plastic. I have one left.
Immortality
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name as a character in one of my books. (Of course, you could suggest the name of a loved one instead.) 
Editing
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
I will do a preliminary evaluation of your manuscript and an edit of the first chapter. If you want to continue, I will give you a day of editing every month. This might also be something to give to a loved one. (Note: I'm lousy at many things, among them Woman's Literature and Poetry of any kind. Best at genre fiction.) 
Unbelievable Patron
$500 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
I really can't give you anything that would be a sufficient reward for this so I'm not going to promise anything tangible. I'll have to think of what could possibly be enough for such generosity. However, I will warn you that the shock might kill me right off so one reward could be that I promise not to haunt you.