I'm Ryk E. Spoor, author of books spanning the range of speculative fiction -- from hard SF (the Boundary series with my coauthor Eric Flint) to space opera (Grand Central Arena and my recent release Demons of the Past: REVELATION), epic fantasy (the Balanced Sword trilogy, starting with Phoenix Rising), urban fantasy (Paradigms Lost and my mahou shoujo based novel Princess Holy Aura), and even an Oz-based novel (Polychrome). I have also just begun another urban fantasy series with my wife Kathleen, Fall of Veils, starting with French Roast Apocalypse.
Help me create more by supporting me in any way you can. I have unpublished works that need to be prepared for publication (the remainder of the Demons of the Past space opera trilogy and Stuff of Legend, my own take on superheroes), existing works that need publicity, and new works to be written in my various worlds (the Spirit Warriors trilogy, following the five young people we briefly met in The Balanced Sword as they go through their own quests; the next volume in the Arenaverse; a new Jason Wood novel; and others).
For specific works I'll probably also set up a Kickstarter once they're truly ready for publication (to provide outside editing services, high-quality covers, etc.), but as a general assist to keep me working and productive, even a small amount of Patreon support will be invaluable!
"But I already bought your books; haven't I already supported you? Why should I do this?": That's a very reasonable question. Here's the answer:For rewards, I'll be commissioning Patreon-only artwork, providing sneak peeks at forthcoming material, and other things as I think of them -- or as, perhaps, YOU suggest to me!
First of all, I'm grateful to each and every person who's paid money for my books. I am not at all unmindful of that support, and it is, in fact, VITAL support for an author; you, the customer, buying the book is the only signal a publisher gets that the author's worth anything.
But that said... I don't actually see YOU -- the individual person -- in that support, unless you're one of the few dozen to hundred fans I've actually MET somewhere along the line. Donating to the Patreon? That I see, personally, whether you just toss me a dollar a month or more -- and if you contribute a dollar a month for three months, you've exceeded what I got from you for buying one book. I see someone who says "you know, I like this guy's work enough that he's worth a little extra, and a chance to get some of these rewards he's talking about."
I also see that reward *immediately* (well, within a month, I think). Royalties are paid by traditional publishers once every six months, and the payments are based on the PRIOR six months, and it takes time to actually PROCESS the payments... so you could buy a copy of my book in February and that money wouldn't actually make its way to me until November or even later.
Finally, if the Patreon's large enough (in total), it could free me up to do MORE writing in a way that nothing else -- short of one of my books hitting the NYT bestsellers list, or being picked up to be a Major Motion Picture -- could ever do. Right now, I produce two books a year on about 4 hours a week of time. Money can very much equal time after a while. You like my work? Help me free up time. For the books that you want to read as much as I want to write them.
Watch for a video soon!