William Bernhardt is creating Books
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patrons

$1,453
per month
     
I'm William Bernhardt, author of 43 books, Southern Writers Guild Gold Medal Award winner, and caretaker for Baxter, the largest beagle in the history of humanity. I'm also married to author Lara Bernhardt (The Wantland Files) and we're the parents of the eight mostly best kids the world has ever seen. (All but one of you. You know who you are.) I've written many novels, including nineteen books featuring crusading lawyer Ben Kincaid. I also do many other literary things--Conclave magazine, Balkan Press, 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.

                                   

Here's my backstory: I've been writing and publishing since the 1980s, and I've been mentoring other writers since the 1990s. Both are important to me. Over two dozen writers have emerged from my programs. But I'm tired of big NY corporations controlling my work, changing titles and endings, telling me what I can or can't write. And teaching, while important, is not going to pay the bills. I believe in crowdfunding and patronage. I've been a patron because it's important to support the work that matters to you. I'm building a community for people who care about books and literature, and a forum Red Sneaker writers. Want a question answered? Right here. Need editing? Gotcha covered. Need beta readers? You came to the right place.

                           

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, whether it's the writing or teaching or publishing. 

For my readers: Those who like my fiction will get fiction. Most of it will be delivered electronically, but if you support at the higher levels, some will be print and autographed to boot. (I have kept these levels high simply because mailing books all around the world is expensive and time-consuming.) Would you like to see every Ben Kincaid story before anyone else does? Do you have thoughts about what you'd like to see in the future? You will have a hotline to me, and a chance to hear about what I'm doing--exclusive to patrons. 

For Red Sneaker Writers: Free attendance at five-day retreats or the annual conference. Discounted or free editing by yours truly. A hotline for asking questions or previewing scenes as you compose your masterpiece. I will share behind-the-scenes goodies, outlines, drafts, deleted scenes, and insider information. In the past I've been told this stuff provides invaluable insight into the writing process--and it will be exclusive to patrons. I'm creating an online forum so you can exchange ideas and techniques, or 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 poetry 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 19 patrons
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 17 patrons
Triple Thank You! In addition to the rewards above, you'll receive a periodic message from me that only patrons get about what I'm writing, life, the universe, and anything I else that comes to mind. Future collectors items, no doubt. Photos, too.
Includes Discord rewards
PUZZLING PATRONS
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
Everything above, plus you'll receive a digital download of a printable puzzle constructed by yours truly exclusively for my patrons four times a year. I've had several crosswords run in The New York Times, so I know what I'm doing. 
Includes Discord rewards
DIGITAL DARLINGS
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
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 2 of 60 patrons
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 MENTORING
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
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 (details about editing and critique on my webpage).
Includes Discord rewards
RED SNEAKER MENTORING UNLIMITED
$100 or more per month 4 of 25 patrons
People pledging at this level will receive unlimited attendance at writing retreats, unlimited access to teaching materials, as well as 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 0 of 30 patrons
Everything above, plus you'll receive autographed print copies of everything I publish--novels, nonfiction, and poetry. You'll even receive copies of those interim chapbooks. In your mailbox.
Includes Discord rewards
ARTISTIC MEDIOCRACY
$200 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
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 0 of 10 patrons
On this level, you'll have my seriously undying gratitude, and that of my family, and while that won't pay any bills, it's something. 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 1 of 5 patrons
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. And in addition to all the above rewards, you can choose the character, setting, and general subject matter for a short story. Want a story from Ben's childhood? Want a solo story for Christina? Want to see Susan Pulaski back in action? Want a Christmas story? All you have to do is ask.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$1,453 of $2,000 per month
This level basically eliminates one day job and my available time will seriously increase. If we hit this, I will commit to writing another Ben Kincaid novel--the 20th. I will also schedule two live chats with Red Sneaker writers (and anyone else who wants to attend).
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I'm William Bernhardt, author of 43 books, Southern Writers Guild Gold Medal Award winner, and caretaker for Baxter, the largest beagle in the history of humanity. I'm also married to author Lara Bernhardt (The Wantland Files) and we're the parents of the eight mostly best kids the world has ever seen. (All but one of you. You know who you are.) I've written many novels, including nineteen books featuring crusading lawyer Ben Kincaid. I also do many other literary things--Conclave magazine, Balkan Press, 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.

                                   

Here's my backstory: I've been writing and publishing since the 1980s, and I've been mentoring other writers since the 1990s. Both are important to me. Over two dozen writers have emerged from my programs. But I'm tired of big NY corporations controlling my work, changing titles and endings, telling me what I can or can't write. And teaching, while important, is not going to pay the bills. I believe in crowdfunding and patronage. I've been a patron because it's important to support the work that matters to you. I'm building a community for people who care about books and literature, and a forum Red Sneaker writers. Want a question answered? Right here. Need editing? Gotcha covered. Need beta readers? You came to the right place.

                           

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, whether it's the writing or teaching or publishing. 

For my readers: Those who like my fiction will get fiction. Most of it will be delivered electronically, but if you support at the higher levels, some will be print and autographed to boot. (I have kept these levels high simply because mailing books all around the world is expensive and time-consuming.) Would you like to see every Ben Kincaid story before anyone else does? Do you have thoughts about what you'd like to see in the future? You will have a hotline to me, and a chance to hear about what I'm doing--exclusive to patrons. 

For Red Sneaker Writers: Free attendance at five-day retreats or the annual conference. Discounted or free editing by yours truly. A hotline for asking questions or previewing scenes as you compose your masterpiece. I will share behind-the-scenes goodies, outlines, drafts, deleted scenes, and insider information. In the past I've been told this stuff provides invaluable insight into the writing process--and it will be exclusive to patrons. I'm creating an online forum so you can exchange ideas and techniques, or 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 poetry 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 19 patrons
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 17 patrons
Triple Thank You! In addition to the rewards above, you'll receive a periodic message from me that only patrons get about what I'm writing, life, the universe, and anything I else that comes to mind. Future collectors items, no doubt. Photos, too.
Includes Discord rewards
PUZZLING PATRONS
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
Everything above, plus you'll receive a digital download of a printable puzzle constructed by yours truly exclusively for my patrons four times a year. I've had several crosswords run in The New York Times, so I know what I'm doing. 
Includes Discord rewards
DIGITAL DARLINGS
$10 or more per month 6 patrons
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 2 of 60 patrons
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 MENTORING
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
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 (details about editing and critique on my webpage).
Includes Discord rewards
RED SNEAKER MENTORING UNLIMITED
$100 or more per month 4 of 25 patrons
People pledging at this level will receive unlimited attendance at writing retreats, unlimited access to teaching materials, as well as 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 0 of 30 patrons
Everything above, plus you'll receive autographed print copies of everything I publish--novels, nonfiction, and poetry. You'll even receive copies of those interim chapbooks. In your mailbox.
Includes Discord rewards
ARTISTIC MEDIOCRACY
$200 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
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 0 of 10 patrons
On this level, you'll have my seriously undying gratitude, and that of my family, and while that won't pay any bills, it's something. 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 1 of 5 patrons
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. And in addition to all the above rewards, you can choose the character, setting, and general subject matter for a short story. Want a story from Ben's childhood? Want a solo story for Christina? Want to see Susan Pulaski back in action? Want a Christmas story? All you have to do is ask.
Includes Discord rewards