John Van Stry is creating Novels
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So, this is where I tell you about me, and ask for your support.

I'm an independent author. That means I'm not signed on with any publishing house and I'm not under contract to anyone. I make my money solely by the books I sell (ebook, paperback, or audio). That's pretty much it.

That may sound simple, however it isn't. I have to do all my own marketing, advertising, formatting, editing, and anything else that is involved in the process of writing and selling a book. There are of course a lot of hurdles in the way. The trad publishers, also known as 'The Big 5' hate people like me, because they don't make any money off of me, and they believe I'm stealing their sales. Pirates come after me, because I don't have the resources to stop them, and I don't use things like DRM, because I don't want to insult my fans.

And of course, because I don't have an editor to correct me, or a publisher to threaten me, I can write whatever politically incorrect thing I want to. So yeah, I get a certain amount of hate over that.

But on the plus side I get to write the stories I want to write, to tell the tales I enjoy telling. Yes, being a full-time author is tough. I work long hours. I don't get vacations. I often work weekends. The boss is a jerk. The hourly wage I get is often embarrassingly low, when you look at the hours I put in. Then of course there's the whole 'self-employment' tax. That's right, you have to pay the government for the right to be self employed. Who knew?

So come on, sign up, and help feed a starving author. Maybe one day I'll be one of those rich ones you see on TV or in the movies. You may even get a peek into the strange process that writing novels can sometimes involve, or find out how little money an Amazon best selling author really makes!
Tiers
Tier 1
$1 or more per month
You get my thanks for being a supporter of my writing!

Occasionally I will throw out some extra stuff, like stories I'm thinking about publishing, but haven't made the decision on yet.

Tier 2
$5 or more per month
Going forward, I have decided to change this goal. I will upload what I've written to date on whichever novel I'm working on. 

So you'll get to see the raw first draft (often with editing marks and notes to myself still in it! Yeah, sometimes I write a lot of notes to myself,) 

If I'm not working on anything at the moment (it happens) I'll upload something from what I've written on the side (yes, I do that sometimes too).

I will also upload stories from my Jan Stryvant pen name, which I use to distinguish my 'brands'. Jan's stories are more of a hard 'R', while John stories tend to be PG / Mature.

So, this is where I tell you about me, and ask for your support.

I'm an independent author. That means I'm not signed on with any publishing house and I'm not under contract to anyone. I make my money solely by the books I sell (ebook, paperback, or audio). That's pretty much it.

That may sound simple, however it isn't. I have to do all my own marketing, advertising, formatting, editing, and anything else that is involved in the process of writing and selling a book. There are of course a lot of hurdles in the way. The trad publishers, also known as 'The Big 5' hate people like me, because they don't make any money off of me, and they believe I'm stealing their sales. Pirates come after me, because I don't have the resources to stop them, and I don't use things like DRM, because I don't want to insult my fans.

And of course, because I don't have an editor to correct me, or a publisher to threaten me, I can write whatever politically incorrect thing I want to. So yeah, I get a certain amount of hate over that.

But on the plus side I get to write the stories I want to write, to tell the tales I enjoy telling. Yes, being a full-time author is tough. I work long hours. I don't get vacations. I often work weekends. The boss is a jerk. The hourly wage I get is often embarrassingly low, when you look at the hours I put in. Then of course there's the whole 'self-employment' tax. That's right, you have to pay the government for the right to be self employed. Who knew?

So come on, sign up, and help feed a starving author. Maybe one day I'll be one of those rich ones you see on TV or in the movies. You may even get a peek into the strange process that writing novels can sometimes involve, or find out how little money an Amazon best selling author really makes!

Recent posts by John Van Stry

Tiers
Tier 1
$1 or more per month
You get my thanks for being a supporter of my writing!

Occasionally I will throw out some extra stuff, like stories I'm thinking about publishing, but haven't made the decision on yet.

Tier 2
$5 or more per month
Going forward, I have decided to change this goal. I will upload what I've written to date on whichever novel I'm working on. 

So you'll get to see the raw first draft (often with editing marks and notes to myself still in it! Yeah, sometimes I write a lot of notes to myself,) 

If I'm not working on anything at the moment (it happens) I'll upload something from what I've written on the side (yes, I do that sometimes too).

I will also upload stories from my Jan Stryvant pen name, which I use to distinguish my 'brands'. Jan's stories are more of a hard 'R', while John stories tend to be PG / Mature.