Zen Cho

is creating stories

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Zenpals

$3
per month
  • Short updates on writing and life
  • It's mostly food photos tbh

SkeleZens in the closet

$4.50
per month
You get the Zenpals updates. Plus every month, one of the following:
  • Insight into the writing life: thoughts about writing, publishing and more
  • DVD commentaries/author notes on my own stories
  • Book and media reviews
  • Deleted scenes
  • Some other window into my skull that I haven't thought of yet

ChoZen ones

$7.50
per month
You get the Zenpals updates, the monthly SkeleZen in the closet, plus, every month, one of the following:
  • A copy of every self-published ebook I put out (generally short stories, but I'm also planning to do novelettes and novellas)
  • Even more exclusive "behind the scenes" content, e.g. alternate book covers that never made it to the shelves, excerpts from works in progress, and more
  • Ask Me Anything thread. I'll put up a Q&A post and you can ask me questions! I may answer by VLOG
  • Once in a while, I'll request prompts for fanfic in my own book universes and choose one to write

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patrons

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About Zen Cho

Hello! I'm Zen and I write fiction that can (so far) be divided into two categories: (1) fluff for postcolonial book nerds and (2) Asian woman meets/is supernatural creature, hijinks occur. I'm probably best known for the Sorcerer to the Crown novels, historical fantasies that can best be described as "Jane Austen with people of colour and dragons". My newest novel is Black Water Sister, a contemporary Malaysia-set fantasy about a young woman who is haunted by the irrepressible ghost of her dead grandmother. I also write shorter fiction, like The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, in which a nun joins a company of bandits in a wuxia take on Emergency Malaya.

I've won a Hugo Award, a Crawford Award and a British Fantasy Award; have been to Buckingham Palace on invitation from Her Majesty The Queen (I took a photo of the toilets); and was once a model in a campaign for global makeup brand Lancome, chosen specifically for my achievements and not my looks.

Why have I set up a Patreon?

The concept behind Patreon is that you can be like the kings of old who funded scholars and jesters and artists at their courts so they had someone on hand to tell them jokes and play them soothing music and dance a jig for them at all times. You're the king; which of those categories of scholar vs jester vs artist I belong to is for you to decide!

What it means for the scholar/jester/artist (viz me and my fellow creatives) is that we can build an income stream that is independent of the vagaries of large corporate publishers. (It is still dependent on Patreon, but we all live in late capitalism, what can you do.)

I'm doing this as part of a long-term strategy to build a sustainable writing career. To be able to devote more time to writing, I need to earn enough money from it to justify reducing my other income-generating commitments. I'm hoping this Patreon can become one of the pieces of that puzzle.

Of course, that doesn't mean readers should feel obliged to chip in if they can't or don't want to! If you obtain my books from legal outlets and read them, that is already AMAZING and I am grateful for your existence.

Why should you give me money in that case?

You don’t need to, obviously! But if you enjoy my writing and would like to support my career and/or have access to more content from me, this is a way you can do/get that.

Banner credit: detail from We Are Forests © Likhain
Goals
$232.54 of $1,330.60 per month
When I hit this amount, I'll run regular giveaways of spare author copies of my books for all patrons on a first come, first served/while stocks last basis.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 72 exclusive posts
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Writings
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