Dan Wells is creating Fiction
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patrons

$387
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Hi! I'm Dan Wells, a New York Times bestselling author best known for my horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. My other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. I have written for television on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. I cohost the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. I also write short fiction and game fiction, and I edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. I live in northern Utah with my wife, six children, and more than 400 boardgames.


I've spent a long time looking for a way to give more to my readers--more stories, more writing tips, and more behind-the-scenes peeks. Patreon is the perfect way to do all three. I'm going to start releasing my novels in a serialized, annotated format: every month you'll get a new chapter of each, complete with my thoughts and notes about what I wrote and why. This will include previously published fiction with brand new commentary, snippets of future projects that I'm still playing around with, and even a bunch of super old trunk novels from when I was trying to break in. And believe me: those old novels are BAD. Like, super bad. Some of them I haven't even read in 15+ years. But when we read them together we'll be able to see the process I went through to grow as a writer, and how I learned what the tools were and how to use them (and how to break them).


Every patron will get a basic level of cool content, including updates, cover previews, and other stuff. On top of that I'll be releasing something cool every week, with four different pledge levels to give you access to different things:

I Love Dan's Books: $3 per month for access to Week 1.
Week 1: An annotated chapter from a published novel.
Current project: Ones and Zeroes

I REALLY Love Dan's Books: $6 per month for access to Weeks 1 and 2.
Week 2: An annotated section from an unpublished novel per month.
Current project: The Heralds of Withersoul

Avid Fan: $9 per month for access to Weeks 1, 2, and 3.
Week 3: An unedited, unpolished chapter of one of my works in progress.
Current Project: Literally whatever I'm writing the day I post it.

Super Star Supporter: $12 per month for access to Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Week 4:
Bonus Fiction! Short stories, poems, essays, and other content.
Current Project: Digging through my 3.5" floppies from college, and posting anything that looks cool

Fellow Writer: $50 per month for a personal chapter critique, and access to Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Chapter Critique: This is a brand new feature! We'll try it out and see what happens. Send me a chapter of a book you're writing, and I'll read it and mark it up and send it back to you. I prefer first chapters, but I'm happy to look at anything; if you send a chapter in the middle of the story, please note that I'll be able to give a better critique if you provide some context for what's going on. Send your chapters to danwellsassistant @ gmail.com, with PATREON SUPPORTER as the subject line, and I'll send you a critique within two to four weeks. You can send me a chapter for EVERY MONTH that you support me at this level, so the timeline is totally up to you: get a one-time critique of a single chapter, or work through your entire novel from start to finish, or anything in between. In general, please limit your chapters to 5k words and complete chapters: ie, if you can fit two full chapters inside the 5k, that's fine, but I can't give an effective critique of an extra chapter-fragment tacked on to try to fill out the word count. If you need to go over 5k for a single chapter, ask me and provide your reasoning and we'll see what we can work out. NOTE: This is an experiment that I will almost certainly refine as time goes on. If I find that I'm doing nothing but critiquing chapters with no time to write my books, something will have to change; if I decide to include other critiques, such as short stories and outlines, I might do that; I'm even toying with the idea of a group video chat where I critique chapters live. We'll see what happens. For at least this month, though, this is it: send me a first chapter and 50 bucks, and I'll tell you what I think and give some advice.
Tiers
I Love Dan's Books
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming book releases
  • One annotated chapter from a published novel per month where I talk about how and why I wrote it.
I REALLY Love Dan's Books
$6 or more per month 5 patrons
  • One annotated section from an unpublished novel per month. These are my old "trunk novels" that I wrote but never published. We'll look at what was good and what was bad, and what I'd do differently if I wrote them today.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Avid Fan
$9 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Sneak Peek at what I'm working on right now. You will have access to an unedited, unpolished chapter of one of my works in progress.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Super Star Supporter
$12 or more per month 10 patrons
  • Bonus Fiction: This will change over time, and will include short stories, poems, essays, and other content
  • Plus all previous rewards
Fellow Writer
$50 or more per month 4 patrons
  • Chapter Critiques: every month that you support me at this tier, you can send me a chapter of a book you're writing and I'll mark it up and send it back.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$387 of $500 per month
When I reach $500, I'll do a livestream Q&A with all of my patrons.
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Hi! I'm Dan Wells, a New York Times bestselling author best known for my horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. My other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. I have written for television on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. I cohost the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. I also write short fiction and game fiction, and I edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. I live in northern Utah with my wife, six children, and more than 400 boardgames.


I've spent a long time looking for a way to give more to my readers--more stories, more writing tips, and more behind-the-scenes peeks. Patreon is the perfect way to do all three. I'm going to start releasing my novels in a serialized, annotated format: every month you'll get a new chapter of each, complete with my thoughts and notes about what I wrote and why. This will include previously published fiction with brand new commentary, snippets of future projects that I'm still playing around with, and even a bunch of super old trunk novels from when I was trying to break in. And believe me: those old novels are BAD. Like, super bad. Some of them I haven't even read in 15+ years. But when we read them together we'll be able to see the process I went through to grow as a writer, and how I learned what the tools were and how to use them (and how to break them).


Every patron will get a basic level of cool content, including updates, cover previews, and other stuff. On top of that I'll be releasing something cool every week, with four different pledge levels to give you access to different things:

I Love Dan's Books: $3 per month for access to Week 1.
Week 1: An annotated chapter from a published novel.
Current project: Ones and Zeroes

I REALLY Love Dan's Books: $6 per month for access to Weeks 1 and 2.
Week 2: An annotated section from an unpublished novel per month.
Current project: The Heralds of Withersoul

Avid Fan: $9 per month for access to Weeks 1, 2, and 3.
Week 3: An unedited, unpolished chapter of one of my works in progress.
Current Project: Literally whatever I'm writing the day I post it.

Super Star Supporter: $12 per month for access to Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Week 4:
Bonus Fiction! Short stories, poems, essays, and other content.
Current Project: Digging through my 3.5" floppies from college, and posting anything that looks cool

Fellow Writer: $50 per month for a personal chapter critique, and access to Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Chapter Critique: This is a brand new feature! We'll try it out and see what happens. Send me a chapter of a book you're writing, and I'll read it and mark it up and send it back to you. I prefer first chapters, but I'm happy to look at anything; if you send a chapter in the middle of the story, please note that I'll be able to give a better critique if you provide some context for what's going on. Send your chapters to danwellsassistant @ gmail.com, with PATREON SUPPORTER as the subject line, and I'll send you a critique within two to four weeks. You can send me a chapter for EVERY MONTH that you support me at this level, so the timeline is totally up to you: get a one-time critique of a single chapter, or work through your entire novel from start to finish, or anything in between. In general, please limit your chapters to 5k words and complete chapters: ie, if you can fit two full chapters inside the 5k, that's fine, but I can't give an effective critique of an extra chapter-fragment tacked on to try to fill out the word count. If you need to go over 5k for a single chapter, ask me and provide your reasoning and we'll see what we can work out. NOTE: This is an experiment that I will almost certainly refine as time goes on. If I find that I'm doing nothing but critiquing chapters with no time to write my books, something will have to change; if I decide to include other critiques, such as short stories and outlines, I might do that; I'm even toying with the idea of a group video chat where I critique chapters live. We'll see what happens. For at least this month, though, this is it: send me a first chapter and 50 bucks, and I'll tell you what I think and give some advice.

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Tiers
I Love Dan's Books
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming book releases
  • One annotated chapter from a published novel per month where I talk about how and why I wrote it.
I REALLY Love Dan's Books
$6 or more per month 5 patrons
  • One annotated section from an unpublished novel per month. These are my old "trunk novels" that I wrote but never published. We'll look at what was good and what was bad, and what I'd do differently if I wrote them today.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Avid Fan
$9 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Sneak Peek at what I'm working on right now. You will have access to an unedited, unpolished chapter of one of my works in progress.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Super Star Supporter
$12 or more per month 10 patrons
  • Bonus Fiction: This will change over time, and will include short stories, poems, essays, and other content
  • Plus all previous rewards
Fellow Writer
$50 or more per month 4 patrons
  • Chapter Critiques: every month that you support me at this tier, you can send me a chapter of a book you're writing and I'll mark it up and send it back.
  • Plus all previous rewards