Matthew Hughesis creating science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction
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For $5 per month, you’ll receive all the $3 per month rewards, plus a series of certificates, issued tri-monthly and suitable for framing, identifying you as an Honorary Apprentice Archon, an investigator for the Bureau of Scrutiny, a licensed freelance discriminator in the City of Olkney, a Fellow of the Bureau of Historical Inquiry, and other worthy attainments. I will also issue open tickets on the Gunter Starship Line, season’s passes to the Connaissarium of Terfel III, and other elements of a paper trail through the Ten Thousand Worlds. And every six months, I will send you an ebook, novel or story collection, in your choice of mobi, epub, or pdf format
Patreon is a simple idea. People who like the work of an author can make a small monthly contribution so the writer can concentrate more on creating new work and less on trying to scratch a living at it.
In return, the author provides rewards: free reads, advance news about upcoming publications, free ebooks and signed trade paperbacks, lots more.
Why am I turning to Patreon?
I write science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction. I’ve sold nineteen novels and some seventy short stories to commercial markets. I’ve been shortlisted for a half a dozen awards. My name has been on the covers of Asimov’s and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.Thousands of people, maybe tens of thousands, enjoy my work.
But, in the modern world of commercial publishing, tens of thousands is not good enough. These days, if you’re an author, you either make Stephen King’s kind of money, or you make small change. For the past ten years, I’ve solved the not-enough-money problem by becoming a homeless drifter – well, really a world-wandering house-sitter. I’ve lived in other people’s houses all over the globe while continuing to write novels, novellas, and novelettes.
I’ve no complaints. It’s not a bad life. But I’m not that far from seventy years old now and I’m recognizing I can’t keep up the peripatetic lifestyle forever. Still, I want to keep on writing, so I’m giving Patreon a try.
What’s in it for you?
First off, if you like reading my stories, there will be more of them. And I'll be able to write more novels, rather than short stories that pay me eight cents a word. If you like keeping in touch with authors you like, there will be a monthly newsletter about what I’m writing and doing. I’m also going to start including elements of my unwritten autobiography (I’ve had an oddball kind of life). I’ll do online Q&A gigs.
There will also be little knickknacks and goodies: free reads of stories from my lengthy backlist; frameable certificates enrolling you in the Archonate Bureau of Scrutiny or licensing you as a freelance discriminator; actual medals naming you a “Hero of the Archonate;” free ebooks and signed trade paperbacks of my novels and short-story collections. I might name a character or a world or a spaceship after you.
And you will have my sincere gratitude.
What do you have to do?
Just click on the orange “Become a Patron” button and Patreon will take you through a simple process. You’ll be asked how much a month you want to pledge: $1, $3, $5, $10, $15, or $20 – there are more rewards the higher you go. And you’ll tell them to take the pledge from your credit card or Paypal account.
You can quit at any time. But I’ll try to make being my patron worth your while.