So yeah, this is a thing I am trying. Whee!
The blurb on the site explains it all–why I’m doing it, what the rewards are, and what milestones can be unlocked. In a nutshell, this is one of the things that will let me write more books for you to read instead of the projects that currently pay my bills.
Regarding Amends, the blurb is on the site and its page here–it’s a project I’ve been asked about a few times over the past couple of years, covering some of Zara’s time between Bloodlines and Hunter (and relates to Zombie Fairies from Whiskey Sour). It was originally meant as a freebie. I really debated trying once more to do a free serial, but last time it didn’t get past five chapters and I figured that would happen again. Last time I was exhausted with work and writing and I didn’t have time to keep it up. It’s not a freebie now because I can’t afford to do free serials anymore and cross my fingers for reader donations after the fact, so I’m trying something different.
I totally understand not being able to contribute. I looked at a lot of Patreon creator pages as I was setting mine up and a lot of people stressed the “$2 a month is less than ONE of your daily coffee” thing, which I get, but honestly it bugs me a little because *I* rarely have that sitting around once a month. My favourite living author set up a Patreon page and I sure as hell couldn’t guarantee I had an extra $5 a month to give, as much as I love her and her work. I know what it’s like to be in a perpetual state of being broke, balancing on nothing.
Also, coffee is really fucking awesome. I like coffee (even though I can no longer have caffeine). A lot of the time, I’d rather have a coffee than whatever less-than-the-price-of-a-coffee thing I’m being offered. I don’t blame you if you like coffee more than me–*I* like coffee more than I like me.
But if you have some extra pennies a month (like…the cost of one cup of coffee) and want to support my ongoing urban fantasy/paranormal efforts, there you go, and there are some fun rewards to go along with it. And if you have more than a few extra pennies, you can get more than a few extras as well.
Extras like…shop coupon codes, free books at certain levels both e and print, and for everyone at $5/month and up, you can get an exclusive, five-chapter look at my unpublished urban fantasy adventure novel Solomon’s Seal. Which you might’ve heard me talk about one or ten million times because that series is my favourite. It’s available for download immediately.
Amends launches when we hit $100/month–currently it’s partially written and roughly planned, so when the money is regular, I can take some time each month to polish it up and post it. It will be exclusive to Patreon backers in 2015 (or the next year; I’ve no idea when we’ll hit that milestone). When it’s complete, I’ll consider releasing it for sale, but the initial intention is to keep it just for patrons for a time as a thank you.
Short term, at $75 (my monthly medication cost, which currently comes out of grocery money), there’s a short story set in the ‘verse about a pair of assassins who pick the wrong target to hunt. It’s called Prey and I’m about 80% done writing it at the moment, having a blast. It’ll go up for patrons when the milestone is reached.
There are lofty, distant goals beyond that–nothing ventured nothing gained, and I see this as a long term thing so maybe in a few years we’ll get there. I believe you can also contribute any amount you want per month–wherever your $ falls within the reward levels, you get those goodies.
Thank you for considering it and Happy New Year!
[As an aside, this was planned and put together like a month before the Doombuggy thing, which is yet another reason I felt awful asking for help, knowing I was about to launch a long term Patreon thing. But there you go.]
ETA: Patrons at all levels can access the first chapter of Devour, the Soulless-sequel-Skyla-never-finished, which was recently resurrected from my dead computer.