Victoria Dreyer is creating Books, short stories, comics, and art.
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Hi everyone!

My name is Victoria Dreyer, and my "thing" is telling stories.  Not the little-white-lie kind, though - I'm a writer.  Let me tell you a little bit about who I am, what I do, and what I hope to achieve.

Ever since I was a little girl, it was my life's dream to be an author.  I wrote my first novel at the age of 14, and then went on to found and run a comic book publishing house from 2003 to 2007.  But life intervened, and not in the good way.  The debts started piling up, and I was struggling to find enough money to eat.  I burned out and was too exhausted to keep creating.  Basically, it just sucked.  So I did the only thing I could do: I abandoned my art, and got a normal job.

It was miserable, but it was at least working in a call centre was some kind of life... until I was struck by a terrible fever some time around 2009.  That was when my hearing started to gradually vanish.  It started with a constant high-pitched ringing tone in my ears, and then I started getting fits of dizziness and nausea that sometimes left me bed-ridden for up to a week.  In early 2011, I was diagnosed with severe biaural Meniere's Disease.  By mid 2012, I was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning.  I was so dizzy that I fell over, and hearing human voices started to hurt.  I started having trouble understanding what people were saying to me.

My doctor wanted me to leave my job then, but I was so afraid.  I'd taken on big debts to get my first car, and I was terrified that if I left my job without planning ahead then I wouldn't be able to repay my debts.  Even more importantly, I didn't really want to be on the Benefit/Welfare again.  I didn't want to be a burden on society.  I did not want to be a leech.

But it was so bad that I could barely leave the house.  I had to drive to work, because taking the bus made me throw up.  I had to wear earplugs, because the noise of the office around me made me fall over.  The specialist said I could go completely deaf at any time.  I knew I couldn't keep going for much longer.  

In December 2012, an idea hit me.  I'd always wanted to be an author.  Why not do that now?  I didn't need to be able to hear to write a ripping great yarn, and I could do it from my own home.  So that's what I did.

On the 1st of December 2012, I sat down and started writing The Survivors Book I: Summer.  I showed it to a few people, and the feedback was universally good.  They wanted me to publish that book.  For a while, I wasn't sure whether to self-publish or try to find a traditional publisher, but in the end I decided, "Screw it!  I've self-published before, so why not do it again?"

So, I did.  I used what little savings I had to hire an editor, a graphic designer, and a cover artist, all while determinedly plugging away at the next book in the series.  Over the course of 2013, I wrote 480,000 words.  On the 23rd of June 2013, I was forced to leave my job at last, but I had a plan and that kept me from falling apart.  I was determined not to be a burden on society for long.

On the 1st of August 2013, I released The Survivors Book I: Summer, and it was an instant success.  Not a Fifty Shades Of Grey success, but it was a success.  I immediately started getting emails asking for the next book.  People loved the book, and they wanted more!

On the 1st of February 2014, I released The Survivors Book II: Autumn.  Again, people loved it.  Again, people wanted more.  My fanbase grew from a couple of dozen people to several hundred.  In the first month after the release of The Survivors Book III: Winter, I sold 550 copies.

And that's where I am at the time of writing.  I've created one successful franchise, and I have so much more in the works.  I'm working on The Survivors Book IV: Spring for an early 2015 release, and after that I'm moving on to the Paranormal series, The Immortelle.  I'd love to get back into graphic novels again, too.  But to do that, I need a steady source of income.  I need you.

One of the most important things to me is that, while I am disabled, I do not want to be a burden on society, and a leech on the taxpayer's dollar.  My novels are providing a steadily growing source of income, but they're not a reliable income.  They're not enough to keep a roof over my head and food in the fridge - at least, not yet.  I have so many stories to tell, but I have to financially support myself while I'm doing it.  That's where you come in, potential patron.  You can help me, and in return I'll share all the worlds in my imagination with you.  And there are a lot, believe me!  For as little as $1.00 a month, you can help me to achieve my dream of being both an author and financially independent.

Please consider becoming a patron of my arts.  I have so much to share with you. 

Kind regards,

Victoria "V. L." Dreyer
http://www.vldreyer.com
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
I will share short stories, sketches, and friendly conversation with you at random intervals.  You will get warm fuzzies from knowing that you're helping a disabled person free herself of the shackles of fate.  To quote my favourite movie, "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."
Pledge $3 or more per month
As above, but with more warm fuzzies for you, and more dancing for me. :D
Pledge $5 or more per month
As above, plus you'll get a free eBook of each of my novels as they're released.
Pledge $10 or more per month
As above, plus you'll be allowed early access to some of the novels if you want to.  Yeah, you get to be a beta reader!  Woo!  \o/

Pledge $25 or more per month
As above, plus bonus hugs!
Pledge $50 or more per month
As above, plus a discount off any signed paperbacks or limited edition hardbacks you buy from me.  I'm not sure exactly what the discount will be, but it'll be generous.
Pledge $100 or more per month
As above, plus... cripes, I don't know.  SO MUCH GRATITUDE THAT MY PORES ARE LEAKING IT EVERYWHERE?
Pledge $250 or more per month
I don't expect anyone to actually pick this category, but may as well add it anyway!
Goals
$1 of $1,500 per month
If I can earn $1,500 per month, then I'll be able to leave Welfare and no longer be a burden on society.  Horray!
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Hi everyone!

My name is Victoria Dreyer, and my "thing" is telling stories.  Not the little-white-lie kind, though - I'm a writer.  Let me tell you a little bit about who I am, what I do, and what I hope to achieve.

Ever since I was a little girl, it was my life's dream to be an author.  I wrote my first novel at the age of 14, and then went on to found and run a comic book publishing house from 2003 to 2007.  But life intervened, and not in the good way.  The debts started piling up, and I was struggling to find enough money to eat.  I burned out and was too exhausted to keep creating.  Basically, it just sucked.  So I did the only thing I could do: I abandoned my art, and got a normal job.

It was miserable, but it was at least working in a call centre was some kind of life... until I was struck by a terrible fever some time around 2009.  That was when my hearing started to gradually vanish.  It started with a constant high-pitched ringing tone in my ears, and then I started getting fits of dizziness and nausea that sometimes left me bed-ridden for up to a week.  In early 2011, I was diagnosed with severe biaural Meniere's Disease.  By mid 2012, I was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning.  I was so dizzy that I fell over, and hearing human voices started to hurt.  I started having trouble understanding what people were saying to me.

My doctor wanted me to leave my job then, but I was so afraid.  I'd taken on big debts to get my first car, and I was terrified that if I left my job without planning ahead then I wouldn't be able to repay my debts.  Even more importantly, I didn't really want to be on the Benefit/Welfare again.  I didn't want to be a burden on society.  I did not want to be a leech.

But it was so bad that I could barely leave the house.  I had to drive to work, because taking the bus made me throw up.  I had to wear earplugs, because the noise of the office around me made me fall over.  The specialist said I could go completely deaf at any time.  I knew I couldn't keep going for much longer.  

In December 2012, an idea hit me.  I'd always wanted to be an author.  Why not do that now?  I didn't need to be able to hear to write a ripping great yarn, and I could do it from my own home.  So that's what I did.

On the 1st of December 2012, I sat down and started writing The Survivors Book I: Summer.  I showed it to a few people, and the feedback was universally good.  They wanted me to publish that book.  For a while, I wasn't sure whether to self-publish or try to find a traditional publisher, but in the end I decided, "Screw it!  I've self-published before, so why not do it again?"

So, I did.  I used what little savings I had to hire an editor, a graphic designer, and a cover artist, all while determinedly plugging away at the next book in the series.  Over the course of 2013, I wrote 480,000 words.  On the 23rd of June 2013, I was forced to leave my job at last, but I had a plan and that kept me from falling apart.  I was determined not to be a burden on society for long.

On the 1st of August 2013, I released The Survivors Book I: Summer, and it was an instant success.  Not a Fifty Shades Of Grey success, but it was a success.  I immediately started getting emails asking for the next book.  People loved the book, and they wanted more!

On the 1st of February 2014, I released The Survivors Book II: Autumn.  Again, people loved it.  Again, people wanted more.  My fanbase grew from a couple of dozen people to several hundred.  In the first month after the release of The Survivors Book III: Winter, I sold 550 copies.

And that's where I am at the time of writing.  I've created one successful franchise, and I have so much more in the works.  I'm working on The Survivors Book IV: Spring for an early 2015 release, and after that I'm moving on to the Paranormal series, The Immortelle.  I'd love to get back into graphic novels again, too.  But to do that, I need a steady source of income.  I need you.

One of the most important things to me is that, while I am disabled, I do not want to be a burden on society, and a leech on the taxpayer's dollar.  My novels are providing a steadily growing source of income, but they're not a reliable income.  They're not enough to keep a roof over my head and food in the fridge - at least, not yet.  I have so many stories to tell, but I have to financially support myself while I'm doing it.  That's where you come in, potential patron.  You can help me, and in return I'll share all the worlds in my imagination with you.  And there are a lot, believe me!  For as little as $1.00 a month, you can help me to achieve my dream of being both an author and financially independent.

Please consider becoming a patron of my arts.  I have so much to share with you. 

Kind regards,

Victoria "V. L." Dreyer
http://www.vldreyer.com

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
I will share short stories, sketches, and friendly conversation with you at random intervals.  You will get warm fuzzies from knowing that you're helping a disabled person free herself of the shackles of fate.  To quote my favourite movie, "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."
Pledge $3 or more per month
As above, but with more warm fuzzies for you, and more dancing for me. :D
Pledge $5 or more per month
As above, plus you'll get a free eBook of each of my novels as they're released.
Pledge $10 or more per month
As above, plus you'll be allowed early access to some of the novels if you want to.  Yeah, you get to be a beta reader!  Woo!  \o/

Pledge $25 or more per month
As above, plus bonus hugs!
Pledge $50 or more per month
As above, plus a discount off any signed paperbacks or limited edition hardbacks you buy from me.  I'm not sure exactly what the discount will be, but it'll be generous.
Pledge $100 or more per month
As above, plus... cripes, I don't know.  SO MUCH GRATITUDE THAT MY PORES ARE LEAKING IT EVERYWHERE?
Pledge $250 or more per month
I don't expect anyone to actually pick this category, but may as well add it anyway!