William Bernhardt is creating Books, Podcasts, and Red Sneaker Writers
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patrons
Okay, "creating Red Sneaker Writers" sounds a little weird. I don't actually create people. But Patreon mandates the use of the verb "is creating." This page is for people who want to support my books and my podcast--but it's also for writers looking for mentoring. I love working with other writers, but I think billing and invoicing is a drag. Patreon provides a better way. Join the program and I'm available to you whenever you need me. 
                                           
                                

I'm William Bernhardt, author of 46 books, including nineteen books featuring crusading lawyer Ben Kincaid and a brand new series I'm about to launch. I also do many other literary things--Conclave magazine, Balkan Press, WriterCon, writing retreats, the Red Sneaker books. Writing, editing, publishing, and teaching--that's my life and I love it. That's what this page is all about.

                                 

I've been writing and publishing since the 1980s, and I've been mentoring other writers almost as long. Both are important to me. Over three dozen published writers have emerged from my programs. I'm building a community for people who care about books and literature, people who write, want to write, or care about writers. I believe in crowdfunding and patronage.

                                  

If I've learned anything, it's that readers and writers are the most generous people in the world. So I'm using this Patreon page to create a community of folks who appreciate what I'm doing and want to help. 

For my readers: I write every day. I've been publishing since 1991, but the publishing world has dramatically changed in recent years and doesn't always support creative souls who don't want corporations and agents telling them what to write. I'm working on a new series, and when it's ready to launch, my patrons will be the first to hear about. Want to see an early draft? Want a free copy in your inbox, or an autographed copy in the mail? Glad to oblige.

For writers and aspiring writers: I started the Red Sneaker programs to help you. This page just doubles down on that. Want free attendance at my five-day retreats or the annual writers conference? Editing or critique of your manuscript? I'm creating an online forum so you can seek help when you need it. At the Red Sneaker Unlimited level, I basically become your writing coach, on tap whenever you need me,

You make it possible for me to do the work I think matters, and in return, I will work my head off. Even a small contribution can make a huge difference. I have always believed that books, stories, and literature enrich our lives and strengthen our spirits. So let's make this world a better place--together.

Tiers
VIP ACCESS
$1 or more per month
THANK YOU! Everything helps. You will receive access to everything I post on the Patreon page, including messages, blogs, videos, early cover photos, and other fun and enlightening goodness.
Includes Discord rewards
ENCOURAGE EMAIL ENVY
$3 or more per month
Triple Thank You! In addition to the rewards above, you'll receive messages from me that only patrons get about what I'm writing and what I'm teaching. Photos, too.
Includes Discord rewards
PODCAST PATRONS
$5 or more per month
Fan of the Red Sneaker Writers Podcast? This tier includes everything above, plus it allows you to download past and present episodes and to suggest subjects and interviewees for future episodes. Am I keeping you company while you drive to work? Here's where you show the love.
Includes Discord rewards
DIGITAL DARLINGS
$10 or more per month
In addition to the above rewards, you'll receive a digital download of all the novels, stories and poems sponsored by this Patreon. You'll read it before anyone else, and in some cases, you'll read material not available anywhere else.
Includes Discord rewards
BETA BENEFITS
$25 or more per month
Everything above, plus you'll be my new beta readers. You'll receive the earliest version of everything--poems, stories, and novels, and you'll have a chance to give me feedback, while I revise. You'll be thanked in the Acknowledgements, as beta readers should be. Patrons have already received beta copies of my next novel.
Includes Discord rewards
RED SNEAKER PATRONS
$50 or more per month
In addition to everything above, Red Sneaker patrons will be entitled to attend one of my writing retreats each year without paying the registration fee. Check it out--this is a $499 value. They will also receive 50% off all editing by yours truly, another huge value. (Please commit to at least three months of patronage before asking for freebies. C'mon, we're pals.)
Includes Discord rewards
RED SNEAKER UNLIMITED
$100 or more per month
People pledging at this level are entitled to unlimited attendance at writing retreats, unlimited access to teaching materials, and unlimited editing and critique, by me personally, at no cost. You can email me or send me material to review for feedback at any time. Basically, I'm your new writing coach. And I'm a very hands-on coach.
Includes Discord rewards
PRINT PATRONS
$125 or more per month
Everything above, plus you'll receive autographed print copies of everything I publish--novels, nonfiction, and poetry. In your mailbox.
Includes Discord rewards
ARTISTIC MERITOCRACY (OR MEDIOCRITY?)
$200 or more per month
Pledge at this level and every time I mail one of those print works, yours will be personally signed and ILLUSTRATED by me. Okay, I'm not Picasso, but I do okay, and since I'll do each of these individually, you'll have a collector's item no one else has.
Includes Discord rewards
UNDYING GRATITUDE
$300 or more per month
On this level, you'll have my seriously undying gratitude, and while that won't pay your bills, you're definitely helping me pay mine. In addition to all the above, you can choose a character name in every novel I write while you're my patron, starting the first month you pledge. Good guys or bad guys, you choose.
Includes Discord rewards
TOO AWESOME TO CONTEMPLATE
$500 or more per month
This would be a level of generosity too awesome for me to contemplate, but if you feel moved to do it, you're my new best friend. Got any ideas for my next book? Or podcast? What subject should the next Red Sneaker book tackle? You have my ear. Come to town and we'll have lunch.
Includes Discord rewards
Okay, "creating Red Sneaker Writers" sounds a little weird. I don't actually create people. But Patreon mandates the use of the verb "is creating." This page is for people who want to support my books and my podcast--but it's also for writers looking for mentoring. I love working with other writers, but I think billing and invoicing is a drag. Patreon provides a better way. Join the program and I'm available to you whenever you need me. 
                                           
                                

I'm William Bernhardt, author of 46 books, including nineteen books featuring crusading lawyer Ben Kincaid and a brand new series I'm about to launch. I also do many other literary things--Conclave magazine, Balkan Press, WriterCon, writing retreats, the Red Sneaker books. Writing, editing, publishing, and teaching--that's my life and I love it. That's what this page is all about.

                                 

I've been writing and publishing since the 1980s, and I've been mentoring other writers almost as long. Both are important to me. Over three dozen published writers have emerged from my programs. I'm building a community for people who care about books and literature, people who write, want to write, or care about writers. I believe in crowdfunding and patronage.

                                  

If I've learned anything, it's that readers and writers are the most generous people in the world. So I'm using this Patreon page to create a community of folks who appreciate what I'm doing and want to help. 

For my readers: I write every day. I've been publishing since 1991, but the publishing world has dramatically changed in recent years and doesn't always support creative souls who don't want corporations and agents telling them what to write. I'm working on a new series, and when it's ready to launch, my patrons will be the first to hear about. Want to see an early draft? Want a free copy in your inbox, or an autographed copy in the mail? Glad to oblige.

For writers and aspiring writers: I started the Red Sneaker programs to help you. This page just doubles down on that. Want free attendance at my five-day retreats or the annual writers conference? Editing or critique of your manuscript? I'm creating an online forum so you can seek help when you need it. At the Red Sneaker Unlimited level, I basically become your writing coach, on tap whenever you need me,

You make it possible for me to do the work I think matters, and in return, I will work my head off. Even a small contribution can make a huge difference. I have always believed that books, stories, and literature enrich our lives and strengthen our spirits. So let's make this world a better place--together.

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Tiers
VIP ACCESS
$1 or more per month
THANK YOU! Everything helps. You will receive access to everything I post on the Patreon page, including messages, blogs, videos, early cover photos, and other fun and enlightening goodness.
Includes Discord rewards
ENCOURAGE EMAIL ENVY
$3 or more per month
Triple Thank You! In addition to the rewards above, you'll receive messages from me that only patrons get about what I'm writing and what I'm teaching. Photos, too.
Includes Discord rewards
PODCAST PATRONS
$5 or more per month
Fan of the Red Sneaker Writers Podcast? This tier includes everything above, plus it allows you to download past and present episodes and to suggest subjects and interviewees for future episodes. Am I keeping you company while you drive to work? Here's where you show the love.
Includes Discord rewards
DIGITAL DARLINGS
$10 or more per month
In addition to the above rewards, you'll receive a digital download of all the novels, stories and poems sponsored by this Patreon. You'll read it before anyone else, and in some cases, you'll read material not available anywhere else.
Includes Discord rewards
BETA BENEFITS
$25 or more per month
Everything above, plus you'll be my new beta readers. You'll receive the earliest version of everything--poems, stories, and novels, and you'll have a chance to give me feedback, while I revise. You'll be thanked in the Acknowledgements, as beta readers should be. Patrons have already received beta copies of my next novel.
Includes Discord rewards
RED SNEAKER PATRONS
$50 or more per month
In addition to everything above, Red Sneaker patrons will be entitled to attend one of my writing retreats each year without paying the registration fee. Check it out--this is a $499 value. They will also receive 50% off all editing by yours truly, another huge value. (Please commit to at least three months of patronage before asking for freebies. C'mon, we're pals.)
Includes Discord rewards
RED SNEAKER UNLIMITED
$100 or more per month
People pledging at this level are entitled to unlimited attendance at writing retreats, unlimited access to teaching materials, and unlimited editing and critique, by me personally, at no cost. You can email me or send me material to review for feedback at any time. Basically, I'm your new writing coach. And I'm a very hands-on coach.
Includes Discord rewards
PRINT PATRONS
$125 or more per month
Everything above, plus you'll receive autographed print copies of everything I publish--novels, nonfiction, and poetry. In your mailbox.
Includes Discord rewards
ARTISTIC MERITOCRACY (OR MEDIOCRITY?)
$200 or more per month
Pledge at this level and every time I mail one of those print works, yours will be personally signed and ILLUSTRATED by me. Okay, I'm not Picasso, but I do okay, and since I'll do each of these individually, you'll have a collector's item no one else has.
Includes Discord rewards
UNDYING GRATITUDE
$300 or more per month
On this level, you'll have my seriously undying gratitude, and while that won't pay your bills, you're definitely helping me pay mine. In addition to all the above, you can choose a character name in every novel I write while you're my patron, starting the first month you pledge. Good guys or bad guys, you choose.
Includes Discord rewards
TOO AWESOME TO CONTEMPLATE
$500 or more per month
This would be a level of generosity too awesome for me to contemplate, but if you feel moved to do it, you're my new best friend. Got any ideas for my next book? Or podcast? What subject should the next Red Sneaker book tackle? You have my ear. Come to town and we'll have lunch.
Includes Discord rewards