I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support. Some of you have been here since the beginning, some of you are newer, and I appreciate you all so much. Don’t think I’ve said that lately or often enough. This is especially true of my Patrons, who have made so much of what I do financially possible.
My work situation has become…difficult, to put it lightly. To put it less lightly, some changes to how my job works has driven my anxiety is through the roof. Writing is a struggle with that, and I’m hoping to find a way to change careers. I’d love to be able to write full time, but right now, I can’t do that – I have too many bills, and even with all my savings and existing Patrons, I’d be broke in nine months based on my most liberal estimates. (I’m a cancer survivor, so my health insurance wouldn’t come cheap.)
However, I’d like to be able to give it a chance. Right now, what I’m looking to do is see if I could get to the point where I go the full time writing route – or perhaps write and work a part time job / do side gigs instead of needing a full time job’s income.
Right now, what I’m looking to do is find some additional rewards for you all, both as a thank you to my existing patreons and to hopefully make it more tempting for those of you who have not subscribed to do so. If we can get there, I’ll be able to make up the difference driving for doordash/postmates/etc and have plenty of time to write.
Here’s what I’m going to be adding to the Patreon:
- Early access to stories: this is live right now, for all patrons. If you want to read the next part of Small Worlds, click here! (For Dragon’s Scion, click here!) Going forward, when I post a part on the website, the next part is going to be posted on Patreon, so you’ll get Thursday’s Small Worlds on Monday and Fridays Dragon’s scion on Tuesday. (Note that if the goal is met and I’m able to start a new series, this Early access would apply for that as well.)
- Signed Artwork: I’ve looked into the logistics and it seems fairly manageable – I’d commission monthly artwork set in one of my worlds and mail a signed postcard of it to you. To keep prices reasonable, this is going to be a new reward for $3+ patrons. The first round of postcards will ship by the end of March. The first round of artwork will be the future cover for Arthur, King of Hell, long ago commissioned but still unused. The second round of postcards will be the cover artwork for Rumors without lettering. The third round will be from Dragon’s Scion. I’ll be holding the cover for Weird Theology as something to send out if there’s ever a problem getting new artwork in a timely manner.
A new $5 tier has been created for the same signed artwork but also including a personalized message. If you’re an existing $3 patron, please update your mailing information asap.
Note: after three rounds, I’ll be evaluating the cost / benefit of this reward tier and deciding if I can continue it. Artwork will never be repeated.
If goals are met and I’m able to leave my full time job (which I’ll do at the end of the month after the goal is met), here’s what I’ll be doing:
- Updates will be (on average) longer and more detailed. I’ll be able to devote more time to each part and therefore will be able to extend them – as well as spend more time editing them before publishing. They won’t be more frequent, but I’ll be shooting for an average of 1800-2200 words a part as opposed to my current average of 1000-1200.
- At some point in 3 months after the goal is met, I’ll be bringing back a on Hiatus series. It’ll update Wednesday and Saturday alongside the blog. I’m not going to promise which series it will be, but don’t worry – I know which series you all want, and I’m definitely going to try to make it happen. (Note that if the goal is not met, I’m still going to bring it back! It just might take longer because of time constraints.)
- Books will be published more frequently. For Patrons, this will mean more free books. For people who just want the books, this will…well, this will mean more books.
If you’re not able to sign up, I still appreciate you reading! Just knowing that people read and enjoy my stuff is a huge boost and helps me keep things going . I never imagined myself with a large and supportive readership, but here we are! If you can, I’d really appreciate you taking the time to share Weird Theology with your friends and family.
As a final note, to also help make it possible for me to transition, book 1 of Small Worlds will be removed from the website and Reddit later this week so I can place the book into Kindle Unlimited. This is a restriction Amazon places on books in Kindle Unlimited, and they have gotten litigious in recent history, so I’m not going to gamble with them.
Thank you all again for your support! I can’t wait to share more of my work with you all, and hope you enjoy.