Joe bielecki is creating A Podcast/Audio Literary Magazine
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Hello everybody and welcome to the Patreon page for Writing The Rapids!

Writing The Rapids is a monthly podcast about writing with writers, by writers, and for everyone (but with writers in mind).This is not your standard podcast about writing. There aren't going to be tips and tricks about how to beat writer's block, or how to design you desk so that you don't get distracted. There won't be how to's on how to send a query or edit or handle criticism. 

At least not in the way that you might expect.

Writing The Rapids is a show where I, Joe bielecki, have a conversation with a writer who has been suggested to me by a writer, or writers, who have previously been on the show. Yes, this is a writer curated podcast about writing. Note how I say this is a conversation, not an interview. This podcast is like the discussions you had with your classmates before the professor walked in, or on your way to your next class. This podcast is two writers geeking out about the process, griping about things that deserve to be griped about, and commiserating about what it means to have chosen this life. It's also a place where writing is treated like the Art that it is. So yes, you'll learn lots, get tips and tricks and methods and skills, but you'll learn it from hearing two people talk, not a seminar.

At the end of the show, the writer I have on will read a piece they've chosen to share. So, not only is this a monthly conversation, it's a literary magazine! 

This show aims to be what has been missing from writing podcasts for so long, hopefully you can help make that happen!

Now, I know, podcasts are not the most expensive things to make, so why would I need money to do it?

Well, I'm glad you asked!

Books
Books are expensive, and since I'm not selecting the writers who are on the show and because the world is stuffed to capacity with talented writers, it's almost guaranteed that I don't already own the book or books that my next guest have published. I'd like to be more informed about my next guests than just having read their most recent work, so I try to buy two or three of their books, if they have more than a few out. That quickly becomes a $20-40 a month commitment on top of the books I buy throughout the month anyway. It would be nice to be able to mitigate that financial burden, as I will never ask a guest for free books. Being able to financially afford to support my guests, while also becoming intimate with their work is important to me, and will more than likely lead to better shows.

Hosting
Hosting websites isn't free. I have a Squarespace account which is about $200 a year. Yes, I use the website for posting other podcasts, my professional resume, and other things, but a portion of that cost does directly go toward hosting this show. Also, if I ever wanted to get a dedicated URL for Writing The Rapids, it would cost an additional $20 a year.

Audio Equipment
Computers grow old and die, sound cards fry, mics get lost in moves or break. New, better sounding equipment is always coming out, and to create the best sounding show I can, having subpar equipment can only go so far. Having a nest egg for catastrophes and scheduled upgrades will only help to keep the show regular and improving.

Paying Guests For Their Work
I hate how so many lit mags "can't" pay their writers. I don't want to be one.

And Most importantly: Time
It takes time to edit audio, it takes time to send emails and read books and plan and prepare. Heck, it takes time to read my future guests' books and short stories and poems and interviews! All the time I spend working on this show is time I can't spend at a paying job (that my bosses know about). The more money that gets pledged, the more time I can feel comfortable spending to make this the best show that it can be! Enough money and maybe I'll do the show twice a month! Or once a week! Or every day! The more gas you put in the tank, the more ground we can cover together.

Thanks for reading all of this and considering giving me some of your hard earned (or ill gotten, as long as it's not cursed I really don't care) money to help make the writing podcast the world needs!
Tiers
A WTR
$1 or more per month
A special RSS feed just for Patrons.
A real WTR
$3 or more per month
Bonus episodes with past writers or friends talking about books or the process, as well as the special RSS feed.
The Realest WTR
$10 or more per month
Even more bonus episodes. Returning guests to talk about new work, plus the more casual bonus episodes from the earlier tier. All in your own RSS feed.
The best WTR
$50 or more per month
Every other reward, plus, once a year you can pick who I have on the show (it can even be you)!
Goals
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Breaking Even!

At this level I can buy pretty much everything an upcoming guest has ever written (probably), and my web domain costs have been mitigated significantly. 

Thank you!
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Hello everybody and welcome to the Patreon page for Writing The Rapids!

Writing The Rapids is a monthly podcast about writing with writers, by writers, and for everyone (but with writers in mind).This is not your standard podcast about writing. There aren't going to be tips and tricks about how to beat writer's block, or how to design you desk so that you don't get distracted. There won't be how to's on how to send a query or edit or handle criticism. 

At least not in the way that you might expect.

Writing The Rapids is a show where I, Joe bielecki, have a conversation with a writer who has been suggested to me by a writer, or writers, who have previously been on the show. Yes, this is a writer curated podcast about writing. Note how I say this is a conversation, not an interview. This podcast is like the discussions you had with your classmates before the professor walked in, or on your way to your next class. This podcast is two writers geeking out about the process, griping about things that deserve to be griped about, and commiserating about what it means to have chosen this life. It's also a place where writing is treated like the Art that it is. So yes, you'll learn lots, get tips and tricks and methods and skills, but you'll learn it from hearing two people talk, not a seminar.

At the end of the show, the writer I have on will read a piece they've chosen to share. So, not only is this a monthly conversation, it's a literary magazine! 

This show aims to be what has been missing from writing podcasts for so long, hopefully you can help make that happen!

Now, I know, podcasts are not the most expensive things to make, so why would I need money to do it?

Well, I'm glad you asked!

Books
Books are expensive, and since I'm not selecting the writers who are on the show and because the world is stuffed to capacity with talented writers, it's almost guaranteed that I don't already own the book or books that my next guest have published. I'd like to be more informed about my next guests than just having read their most recent work, so I try to buy two or three of their books, if they have more than a few out. That quickly becomes a $20-40 a month commitment on top of the books I buy throughout the month anyway. It would be nice to be able to mitigate that financial burden, as I will never ask a guest for free books. Being able to financially afford to support my guests, while also becoming intimate with their work is important to me, and will more than likely lead to better shows.

Hosting
Hosting websites isn't free. I have a Squarespace account which is about $200 a year. Yes, I use the website for posting other podcasts, my professional resume, and other things, but a portion of that cost does directly go toward hosting this show. Also, if I ever wanted to get a dedicated URL for Writing The Rapids, it would cost an additional $20 a year.

Audio Equipment
Computers grow old and die, sound cards fry, mics get lost in moves or break. New, better sounding equipment is always coming out, and to create the best sounding show I can, having subpar equipment can only go so far. Having a nest egg for catastrophes and scheduled upgrades will only help to keep the show regular and improving.

Paying Guests For Their Work
I hate how so many lit mags "can't" pay their writers. I don't want to be one.

And Most importantly: Time
It takes time to edit audio, it takes time to send emails and read books and plan and prepare. Heck, it takes time to read my future guests' books and short stories and poems and interviews! All the time I spend working on this show is time I can't spend at a paying job (that my bosses know about). The more money that gets pledged, the more time I can feel comfortable spending to make this the best show that it can be! Enough money and maybe I'll do the show twice a month! Or once a week! Or every day! The more gas you put in the tank, the more ground we can cover together.

Thanks for reading all of this and considering giving me some of your hard earned (or ill gotten, as long as it's not cursed I really don't care) money to help make the writing podcast the world needs!

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Tiers
A WTR
$1 or more per month
A special RSS feed just for Patrons.
A real WTR
$3 or more per month
Bonus episodes with past writers or friends talking about books or the process, as well as the special RSS feed.
The Realest WTR
$10 or more per month
Even more bonus episodes. Returning guests to talk about new work, plus the more casual bonus episodes from the earlier tier. All in your own RSS feed.
The best WTR
$50 or more per month
Every other reward, plus, once a year you can pick who I have on the show (it can even be you)!