Meredith Russo is creating transgender fiction.
13
patrons
$53
per month
WHO ARE YOU?

Howdy! I’m Meredith Russo.

WHAT’S YOUR DEAL?

I wrote If I Was Your Girl, the first YA novel about a trans character by a trans author released by a major publishing house ever, at least to my knowledge. I was a finalist for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award, the Lambda Literary Award for trans fiction, and won the Stonewall Award for 2016. I’ve also contributed to the New York Times, Radical Hope, and Meet Cute, with another novel expected Winter of 2018. My work has been translated into 11 languages and released in 13 countries. I write almost exclusively about LGBT issues, with an emphasis on the T, because we’re an underserved community, because I happen to be a trans woman, and because trans characters and themes are the most interesting to me.

WHY A PATREON THEN? THINGS SEEM PEACHY!

Well, first, day jobs are hard to come by in Southeast Tennessee when you're a mentally ill trans woman who doesn't pass. More than that though, I want to write things that could probably never be profitable in a world owned and operated by frequently (but not always) deeply transphobic cisgender people, but I’m a busy girl and it’s hard to justify the time, let alone the spoons, for additional projects if I can’t make at least something off them, even if only my monthly coffee budget.

Also: If you’ve followed me for any length of time you probably know that I’m not Capitalism’s biggest fan. I think the whole system is kind of crummy in fact! So not only is the idea of working directly for my fans with no middle men or workers being exploited in factories printing books appealing, but my long term plan is to create trans fiction, restrict access for a set period for specific tiers of patron, and eventually make all my Patreon-funded work completely free for everyone. No copyright protection, no trademark, no DRM, just an epub file hosted somewhere easy to find for people to read and elaborate on however they please.

ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT WHAT WILL YOU ACTUALLY PRODUCE?

For now, my plan is to release one chapter from the adult trans novel I’m working on and one short story every month. The short stories will be available to anyone who throws in at least $1 a month, while the novel will be viewable at $5 and above. There will, of course, be additional tier rewards, and once this novel is finished I will either start another or think of something else.

WHAT KIND OF SCHEDULE?

Right now my plan is to release short stories on the first of every month and novel chapters on the fifteenth, with tier rewards sprinkled between the two.
Tiers
Red Egg
$1 or more per month
Congratulations! If you're cisgender you've absolved yourself of all guilt for one calendar month. If you're trans I love you and hope you're doing okay.

Patrons at this level receive access to my short stories one year before they go public.
Pinko Genderscum
$2 or more per month
You've doubled your contribution, which means you're officially on the CBI's (Cis Bureau of Investigation) Gender Terror Watchlist. Stay vigilant for men in trench coats at your meetings.

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the $1 level plus one piece of special content every month, whether it's an in-depth review of a book, a video journal, or an essay on writing or Trans Discourse.

When I have enough $10 patrons to justify it you'll also gain access to a monthly AMA stream.
Vanguard of the Gendertariat
$5 or more per month
Nostrovia comrade! You've put your ethics into action and the revolution has come. Please report to the commissary for your Victory Hormones and People's Pickles.

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the previous tiers, plus access to every mid-month novel chapter one year before they're released to the public. Your name will also be listed in a "Thank You" section at the end of every short story and completed novel when they go public.
Luxury Gay Space Communist
$10 or more per month
Your continuing voyage: to explore strange new discourses, to seek out new genders and new hormones, to boldly go where no tran has gone before!

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the previous tiers, plus the ability to ask questions in a monthly AMA stream I'll start once I've got enough LGSC members to justify it and access to a private discord server where we can hang out and discuss, you know, whatever. Just gals being pals.
Eternal Catgirl Chairwoman
$20 or more per month
Your gender is now eternal, and your contributions to the people's gender revolution will be repeated in song so long as breath remains in our lungs.

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the previous tiers, plus one of five slots in a twice-monthly tabletop RPG to be decided democratically by the group or the option to submit commissions/ideas for stories, whichever you prefer. Once there are five players in the game that option will go away until a slot opens up again.
Goals
$53 of $1,000 per month
At this level my rent and child support would be completely covered, leaving me free to explore some new options. Right now my plan is to buy a decent microphone and release audio versions of stories as a podcast, and we'll see where it goes from there.
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WHO ARE YOU?

Howdy! I’m Meredith Russo.

WHAT’S YOUR DEAL?

I wrote If I Was Your Girl, the first YA novel about a trans character by a trans author released by a major publishing house ever, at least to my knowledge. I was a finalist for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award, the Lambda Literary Award for trans fiction, and won the Stonewall Award for 2016. I’ve also contributed to the New York Times, Radical Hope, and Meet Cute, with another novel expected Winter of 2018. My work has been translated into 11 languages and released in 13 countries. I write almost exclusively about LGBT issues, with an emphasis on the T, because we’re an underserved community, because I happen to be a trans woman, and because trans characters and themes are the most interesting to me.

WHY A PATREON THEN? THINGS SEEM PEACHY!

Well, first, day jobs are hard to come by in Southeast Tennessee when you're a mentally ill trans woman who doesn't pass. More than that though, I want to write things that could probably never be profitable in a world owned and operated by frequently (but not always) deeply transphobic cisgender people, but I’m a busy girl and it’s hard to justify the time, let alone the spoons, for additional projects if I can’t make at least something off them, even if only my monthly coffee budget.

Also: If you’ve followed me for any length of time you probably know that I’m not Capitalism’s biggest fan. I think the whole system is kind of crummy in fact! So not only is the idea of working directly for my fans with no middle men or workers being exploited in factories printing books appealing, but my long term plan is to create trans fiction, restrict access for a set period for specific tiers of patron, and eventually make all my Patreon-funded work completely free for everyone. No copyright protection, no trademark, no DRM, just an epub file hosted somewhere easy to find for people to read and elaborate on however they please.

ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT WHAT WILL YOU ACTUALLY PRODUCE?

For now, my plan is to release one chapter from the adult trans novel I’m working on and one short story every month. The short stories will be available to anyone who throws in at least $1 a month, while the novel will be viewable at $5 and above. There will, of course, be additional tier rewards, and once this novel is finished I will either start another or think of something else.

WHAT KIND OF SCHEDULE?

Right now my plan is to release short stories on the first of every month and novel chapters on the fifteenth, with tier rewards sprinkled between the two.

Recent posts by Meredith Russo

Tiers
Red Egg
$1 or more per month
Congratulations! If you're cisgender you've absolved yourself of all guilt for one calendar month. If you're trans I love you and hope you're doing okay.

Patrons at this level receive access to my short stories one year before they go public.
Pinko Genderscum
$2 or more per month
You've doubled your contribution, which means you're officially on the CBI's (Cis Bureau of Investigation) Gender Terror Watchlist. Stay vigilant for men in trench coats at your meetings.

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the $1 level plus one piece of special content every month, whether it's an in-depth review of a book, a video journal, or an essay on writing or Trans Discourse.

When I have enough $10 patrons to justify it you'll also gain access to a monthly AMA stream.
Vanguard of the Gendertariat
$5 or more per month
Nostrovia comrade! You've put your ethics into action and the revolution has come. Please report to the commissary for your Victory Hormones and People's Pickles.

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the previous tiers, plus access to every mid-month novel chapter one year before they're released to the public. Your name will also be listed in a "Thank You" section at the end of every short story and completed novel when they go public.
Luxury Gay Space Communist
$10 or more per month
Your continuing voyage: to explore strange new discourses, to seek out new genders and new hormones, to boldly go where no tran has gone before!

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the previous tiers, plus the ability to ask questions in a monthly AMA stream I'll start once I've got enough LGSC members to justify it and access to a private discord server where we can hang out and discuss, you know, whatever. Just gals being pals.
Eternal Catgirl Chairwoman
$20 or more per month
Your gender is now eternal, and your contributions to the people's gender revolution will be repeated in song so long as breath remains in our lungs.

Patrons at this tier will have access to everything from the previous tiers, plus one of five slots in a twice-monthly tabletop RPG to be decided democratically by the group or the option to submit commissions/ideas for stories, whichever you prefer. Once there are five players in the game that option will go away until a slot opens up again.