Ryk E. Spoor is creating SF/F Novels and Stories
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patrons

$406
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Hi and welcome!

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  I have unpublished works that need to be prepared for publication (the remainder of the Demons of the Past space opera trilogy and Stuff of Legend, my own take on superheroes),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: 

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. 
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! 

Watch for a video soon!
Tiers
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Could include anything relevant to my work! Thank you!
  • Access to a feed of patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
Early Access
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
See my latest work before anyone else (except my beta-readers, but you don't have to do any of their work, either)!
  • Early access to my latest writing
  • Sneak peek of upcoming work
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • Probably once-monthly
World and Writing Specials!
$10 or more per month 13 patrons
Once per month, I'll post material on my world(s) and writing that's exclusive to the Patreon and Patrons at this level and up. This could range from technique discussions to playlists for a book!
Sketchy! :)
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Once a month, a new piece of artwork will be made available; it may be a simple sketch or something fancier, but you'll see it first here, and it'll stay exclusive to the Patreon for at least six months!
"Read me a story!"
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
People've often told me I have an excellent reading voice; so for this reward level, once a month I read a chapter or two from one of my books. Begins 2 months after I first get a patron at this level; YOU decide which book I read!
Goals
$406 of $500 per month
Once I'm getting this much per month from patrons, you're starting to change my life, freeing me up to do MORE writing. Everyone wins -- you get more stuff from me, and I get to DO more!
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Hi and welcome!

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: 

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. 
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! 

Watch for a video soon!

Recent posts by Ryk E. Spoor

Tiers
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Could include anything relevant to my work! Thank you!
  • Access to a feed of patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
Early Access
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
See my latest work before anyone else (except my beta-readers, but you don't have to do any of their work, either)!
  • Early access to my latest writing
  • Sneak peek of upcoming work
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • Probably once-monthly
World and Writing Specials!
$10 or more per month 13 patrons
Once per month, I'll post material on my world(s) and writing that's exclusive to the Patreon and Patrons at this level and up. This could range from technique discussions to playlists for a book!
Sketchy! :)
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Once a month, a new piece of artwork will be made available; it may be a simple sketch or something fancier, but you'll see it first here, and it'll stay exclusive to the Patreon for at least six months!
"Read me a story!"
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
People've often told me I have an excellent reading voice; so for this reward level, once a month I read a chapter or two from one of my books. Begins 2 months after I first get a patron at this level; YOU decide which book I read!