Nicholas Zacharewicz is creating blogs, poetry, ebooks, fantastical realms
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[ tl;dr]
General


Hi! I'm a writer. Putting words onto paper - digital or analogue - is what I do every day. 

I blog, write poetry, and have several novels and longer works that I'm going to self-publish. Unless, of course, one of the big houses finds my work, loves it, and makes me a deal that I can't refuse (without all the mess of horse head bedmates and late night visits, ideally).

On my blogs I write multi-part critiques of video games and books (Going Box by Box), translate the Old English epic Beowulf (A Blogger's Beowulf), and write poetry and movie reviews (A Glass Darkly). Outside of my blogs, I write and short science fiction and pseudo-literary and heroic fantasy novels.

I hold a master's degree in English and so I'm well-versed in the rules of fiction and non-fiction writing. I follow these rules. And I break these rules. My aim to is to do both in ways that people find new and compelling. 

But knowing about these rules and all of the theories that people have come up with about how and why they work doesn't pay the bills. This is where great patrons such as yourself come in. As contributors to this Patreon campaign you will be giving me the most valuable resource of all: time. 

The more successful this Patreon campaign is, the more time I can spend working on my writing rather than a day job. In a way, this campaign is kind of like an advance that you, my readers, are paying me instead of a publisher.   

So. As a patron, what will you be supporting?

-Blogs-

I've been updating my video game and book blog  Going Box By Box (home of multi-part book and video game critiques) almost every day since I started it back in January of 2012. Currently I'm updating this blog a little less often as I establish myself as a freelance editor. Thankfully, though, I've been able to keep up with frequent updates of my Beowulf blog A Blogger's Beowulf despite this professional transition.

These blogging activities are my primary writing activity. They're the practice that I engage in to keep my basic writing skills sharp and to maintain a writing discipline. As a patron you'll help to ensure that I can continue my regular practice. 

But what's all of this practice even for? Well, it's meant to help me better my writing so that I can make my fiction and poetry as good as it can be so that I can create some truly valuable ebooks.

-Ebooks-

As a supporter of my Patreon campaign you'll also be supporting my efforts to turn the poetry, short stories, and novels I have (and have ideas for) into ebooks.

Short story and poetry collections that I release as ebooks will be published all at once. I'll gather up 10-15 poems or seven to 10 short stories, format them as epubs and publish them. Right now I'm planning on releasing my novels in a different sort of way.

The current plan is to serialize my novels (release them in several instalments of at least 10,000 words each). My thinking is that I can release them faster in these smaller pieces (whether I or someone else edits them) and that I can use reader feedback to improve my novels. After I've released all of the pieces of a novel I intend to use readers' suggestions and critiques to make its complete edition the best it can be.

Of course, as a patron you'll get some pretty swank deals on all of these ebooks. I'm planning on selling them through Kobo, Amazon, and via my blogs. 

The first of these ebooks will be a novel called Heading East, Looking West.

Heading East, Looking West

Heading East, Looking West, is an ex-pat novel about a twenty-something who leaves his ho-hum life in Canada to teach English in South Korea. It's definitely inspired by my own experience teaching in South Korea, but is also definitely a fictional account. 

I plan to sell each serialized part of Heading East, Looking West for $2. There will be five parts. The complete novel will sell for $7.

Poetry Collections

Following that novel, I'll be releasing some poetry collections. These collections will consist of 10 to 15 poems gathered around a particular theme. They'll sell for $7, but I will definitely make them available for less for Patrons.  

Similar to these collections are two epic poems that I have drafted and waiting for editing. One is about a night in the life of a dishwasher, and the other is about the education and training of mythological and folkloric creatures. I will release these two pieces in their entirety and they I'll likely sell them for $10  or less. 

Short Story Collections

The deal here will be similar to my poetry collections. I'll gather together a handful of short stories (none running longer than 10,000 words) and sell each collection for $10. Again, Patrons will get some sweet deals on these. 

-Novels (aka the Grand Fantastical Scheme)-


As a lad I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction novels and playing video games. Somehow, The Lord of The Rings and The Golden Compass didn't leave as much of an impression on me as Super NES RPGs did, however. In particular, playing a game called Tales of Phantasia helped me to realize that I wanted to create my own extensive worlds, my own memorable characters, and my own intricate stories. (It also inspired me to use RPG Maker to create my own RPGs, but that's not what this campaign is about.)

As such, my ambition is to create a fantasy series that covers a whole world and that world's history - from its earliest days until its end.  Writing this series is my ultimate goal. 

Already I have most of the starting point for this universe (a five-book series about the rebirth of the world) written. But it needs extensive work to become a unified and fully coherent whole. Once this campaign surpasses the $1500 mark I'll have the financial stability needed to seriously start into this extensive work. 

Tl;dr

In short, if you choose to support my campaign, you'll be giving me the gift of time. You'll also be helping me to fulfil my lifelong dream of being a writer and of bringing ripping yarns to as many people as possible. I'll be doing this with blogs, poetry, short stories, and novels.
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
To show my appreciation for your support, I'll include your name in the list of Patrons included in each of my full-length ebooks. This list also appears as its own page on my blogs.
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
For contributing $5/month I will add one link of yours with your name on my list of Patrons. I will also tweet about one thing of yours (creative, professional, etc.) if you are interested in getting the word out via Twitter.
Pledge $7 or more per month
0 of 30 patrons
Want a blog entry of yours (or anything no longer than two double spaced pages) copy-edited? Then donate at this level! Limited to 30 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
Donating at this level earns you a free subscription to one of my ebook's serializations and a free copy of that ebook's complete edition. Please contact me directly for more details.
Pledge $12 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
Tell me to review a movie, and I'll do it - whether it's a hot new release or a forgotten old film. (Only available after I've reached $100/month, but I am willing to create a backlog of up to 20 films.) Limited to only 20 people at any given time. As long as there is space available, you can request that I a movie of your choice every month that you support me at this level.
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0 of 25 patrons
Contribute this much and I will copy-edit any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 5 double-spaced pages. Limited to only 25 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
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0 of 15 patrons
Need a poem for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/hospital visit/etc? Tell me the details in an email (with a week's notice) and it's yours! (available each month of your patronage at this level - but it does not stack). Limited to only 15 people at any given time.
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
Have me, a Master of English, copy-edit any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 10 double-spaced pages. Limited to only 20 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $60 or more per month
0 of 15 patrons
I will copy-edit any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 30 double-spaced pages. Limited to 15 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $75 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Need a poem for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/hospital visit/etc? Tell me the details in an email (with at least a week's notice) and it's yours! (available each month of your patronage at this level - this one does stack so if you need a few poems in the same month save them up and then redeem them!). Limited to only 10 people at any given time.
Pledge $150 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
I will copy-edit and critique any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 30 double-spaced pages. I'll be wearing my Master of English hat while doing this, so you can expect comments that will make you think about your writing, your subject, and your piece of writing as a whole. Limited to only 5 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit and critique a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $300 or more per month
0 patrons
Donating at this level will give you the privilege of naming one thing (person, place, object) in whatever piece of fiction I'm currently writing.
Goals
$5 of $50 per month
With $50/month I'll be able to cover my monthly phone bill, meaning I'll have to spend a little less time working freelance or part/time.
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[ tl;dr]
General


Hi! I'm a writer. Putting words onto paper - digital or analogue - is what I do every day. 

I blog, write poetry, and have several novels and longer works that I'm going to self-publish. Unless, of course, one of the big houses finds my work, loves it, and makes me a deal that I can't refuse (without all the mess of horse head bedmates and late night visits, ideally).

On my blogs I write multi-part critiques of video games and books (Going Box by Box), translate the Old English epic Beowulf (A Blogger's Beowulf), and write poetry and movie reviews (A Glass Darkly). Outside of my blogs, I write and short science fiction and pseudo-literary and heroic fantasy novels.

I hold a master's degree in English and so I'm well-versed in the rules of fiction and non-fiction writing. I follow these rules. And I break these rules. My aim to is to do both in ways that people find new and compelling. 

But knowing about these rules and all of the theories that people have come up with about how and why they work doesn't pay the bills. This is where great patrons such as yourself come in. As contributors to this Patreon campaign you will be giving me the most valuable resource of all: time. 

The more successful this Patreon campaign is, the more time I can spend working on my writing rather than a day job. In a way, this campaign is kind of like an advance that you, my readers, are paying me instead of a publisher.   

So. As a patron, what will you be supporting?

-Blogs-

I've been updating my video game and book blog  Going Box By Box (home of multi-part book and video game critiques) almost every day since I started it back in January of 2012. Currently I'm updating this blog a little less often as I establish myself as a freelance editor. Thankfully, though, I've been able to keep up with frequent updates of my Beowulf blog A Blogger's Beowulf despite this professional transition.

These blogging activities are my primary writing activity. They're the practice that I engage in to keep my basic writing skills sharp and to maintain a writing discipline. As a patron you'll help to ensure that I can continue my regular practice. 

But what's all of this practice even for? Well, it's meant to help me better my writing so that I can make my fiction and poetry as good as it can be so that I can create some truly valuable ebooks.

-Ebooks-

As a supporter of my Patreon campaign you'll also be supporting my efforts to turn the poetry, short stories, and novels I have (and have ideas for) into ebooks.

Short story and poetry collections that I release as ebooks will be published all at once. I'll gather up 10-15 poems or seven to 10 short stories, format them as epubs and publish them. Right now I'm planning on releasing my novels in a different sort of way.

The current plan is to serialize my novels (release them in several instalments of at least 10,000 words each). My thinking is that I can release them faster in these smaller pieces (whether I or someone else edits them) and that I can use reader feedback to improve my novels. After I've released all of the pieces of a novel I intend to use readers' suggestions and critiques to make its complete edition the best it can be.

Of course, as a patron you'll get some pretty swank deals on all of these ebooks. I'm planning on selling them through Kobo, Amazon, and via my blogs. 

The first of these ebooks will be a novel called Heading East, Looking West.

Heading East, Looking West

Heading East, Looking West, is an ex-pat novel about a twenty-something who leaves his ho-hum life in Canada to teach English in South Korea. It's definitely inspired by my own experience teaching in South Korea, but is also definitely a fictional account. 

I plan to sell each serialized part of Heading East, Looking West for $2. There will be five parts. The complete novel will sell for $7.

Poetry Collections

Following that novel, I'll be releasing some poetry collections. These collections will consist of 10 to 15 poems gathered around a particular theme. They'll sell for $7, but I will definitely make them available for less for Patrons.  

Similar to these collections are two epic poems that I have drafted and waiting for editing. One is about a night in the life of a dishwasher, and the other is about the education and training of mythological and folkloric creatures. I will release these two pieces in their entirety and they I'll likely sell them for $10  or less. 

Short Story Collections

The deal here will be similar to my poetry collections. I'll gather together a handful of short stories (none running longer than 10,000 words) and sell each collection for $10. Again, Patrons will get some sweet deals on these. 

-Novels (aka the Grand Fantastical Scheme)-


As a lad I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction novels and playing video games. Somehow, The Lord of The Rings and The Golden Compass didn't leave as much of an impression on me as Super NES RPGs did, however. In particular, playing a game called Tales of Phantasia helped me to realize that I wanted to create my own extensive worlds, my own memorable characters, and my own intricate stories. (It also inspired me to use RPG Maker to create my own RPGs, but that's not what this campaign is about.)

As such, my ambition is to create a fantasy series that covers a whole world and that world's history - from its earliest days until its end.  Writing this series is my ultimate goal. 

Already I have most of the starting point for this universe (a five-book series about the rebirth of the world) written. But it needs extensive work to become a unified and fully coherent whole. Once this campaign surpasses the $1500 mark I'll have the financial stability needed to seriously start into this extensive work. 

Tl;dr

In short, if you choose to support my campaign, you'll be giving me the gift of time. You'll also be helping me to fulfil my lifelong dream of being a writer and of bringing ripping yarns to as many people as possible. I'll be doing this with blogs, poetry, short stories, and novels.

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Pledge $1 or more per month
1 patron
To show my appreciation for your support, I'll include your name in the list of Patrons included in each of my full-length ebooks. This list also appears as its own page on my blogs.
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
For contributing $5/month I will add one link of yours with your name on my list of Patrons. I will also tweet about one thing of yours (creative, professional, etc.) if you are interested in getting the word out via Twitter.
Pledge $7 or more per month
0 of 30 patrons
Want a blog entry of yours (or anything no longer than two double spaced pages) copy-edited? Then donate at this level! Limited to 30 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
Donating at this level earns you a free subscription to one of my ebook's serializations and a free copy of that ebook's complete edition. Please contact me directly for more details.
Pledge $12 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
Tell me to review a movie, and I'll do it - whether it's a hot new release or a forgotten old film. (Only available after I've reached $100/month, but I am willing to create a backlog of up to 20 films.) Limited to only 20 people at any given time. As long as there is space available, you can request that I a movie of your choice every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $15 or more per month
0 of 25 patrons
Contribute this much and I will copy-edit any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 5 double-spaced pages. Limited to only 25 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 15 patrons
Need a poem for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/hospital visit/etc? Tell me the details in an email (with a week's notice) and it's yours! (available each month of your patronage at this level - but it does not stack). Limited to only 15 people at any given time.
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
Have me, a Master of English, copy-edit any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 10 double-spaced pages. Limited to only 20 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $60 or more per month
0 of 15 patrons
I will copy-edit any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 30 double-spaced pages. Limited to 15 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $75 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Need a poem for a birthday/wedding/anniversary/hospital visit/etc? Tell me the details in an email (with at least a week's notice) and it's yours! (available each month of your patronage at this level - this one does stack so if you need a few poems in the same month save them up and then redeem them!). Limited to only 10 people at any given time.
Pledge $150 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
I will copy-edit and critique any piece of writing of yours that is no more than 30 double-spaced pages. I'll be wearing my Master of English hat while doing this, so you can expect comments that will make you think about your writing, your subject, and your piece of writing as a whole. Limited to only 5 people at any given time. Provided that space is available, you can have me copy-edit and critique a different piece of writing every month that you support me at this level.
Pledge $300 or more per month
0 patrons
Donating at this level will give you the privilege of naming one thing (person, place, object) in whatever piece of fiction I'm currently writing.