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Help! Patreon Rewards

I have a request. A favour. I’d like to have the best possible rewards for my Patreon page, and I keep tweaking the rewards. But I don’t know exactly what people want. I want to give back to my patrons as a thanks for the help.

So, please go over to my Patreon page and take a look at the rewards. For the lowest pledges, it has to be something simple that won’t involve individual people. That would become too time-consuming. For higher pledges, I can do that. I can personalise things, making them more special. So, if you could suggest some ideas, that would be wonderful. Please let me know in the comments below.

I Have Joined Patreon

What is Patreon?

It’s a crowdfunding platform for artists and creators. Youtubers, authors, bloggers, webcomic creators, and artists are the most common kinds of content creators. The system allows a patron (a supporter) to pay a tip to the creator, whether it’s for each piece of art or video created, or it’s a monthly payment that they set themselves. It can be as low as $1 per month. But there are rewards for those who pay more. Think of Patreon as a way of thanking the creator for what they do.

Why did I join it?

It’s a way to help me support my family and pay the bills while allowing me to spend more time to writing and blogging. I also intend on creating videos. However, my main focus is on writing my book.

What will I do with the money?

Pay bills, depending on other income. It will also help me pay for editors and any other person I need to pay to make my books as professional as possible.

What do you get?

As a patron, you get to see behind the scenes videos and other information that only patrons can see. You’ll also get exclusive access to samples of my first draft as it becomes available, and likely monthly. There will also be other samples of my writing you’ll be able to see before it’s available to the public.

Where can I find it?

You can find my Patreon page right here!

I’m open to other suggestions for rewards or exclusive content for patrons. Let me know in the comments!

Other Authors – Friend or Competition?

Are you in direct competition with other writers? Or do you prefer to be friends with them? Is there a benefit to both? This is something some authors have trouble with. One way can make things go smoothly, while the other can create bad blood.

I think it’s best to be friends with other authors. Sure, they may be competition, but it’s not that simple. You may compete for sales, but if you’re writing in the same genre, the same readers will buy both of your books. Isn’t it more mutually beneficial to support each other’s writing? If you share your friend’s books and they share yours, both of your sales should improve.  Isn’t that right?

But then, what if you’re sharing everyone’s writing, and all of your sales increase? Your Amazon rankings might not change. Well, I doubt that’ll happen, since you can’t share thousands of authors’ writing. But think about this, if you share another person’s writing, and they share yours, their readers will discover you. They will then talk about your books to other people, and they will also buy your books. Your sales increase.

Isn’t it better to be friends? I’ve seen so much fighting between authors on platforms such as Goodreads. They’re only hurting themselves, as they’re seen as vindictive and not worth supporting. Be friends, get along with your competition. They aren’t really competition after all. They may be your best marketing tool, and you theirs.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Authors Answer 50 – Family Support

Being an author is a lot like having a regular job, you have a schedule, you have deadlines, and you have income. But you also need support from your family. Part-time authors often need their family to be understanding about the time required to write. This week, we find out about our family support.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 50: How much support for your writing do you get from your family?

H. Anthe Davis

My mother got me into my genre-of-choice in the first place, and my close family-members have always been supportive of my efforts, both in school and as a self-publisher.  Maybe not quite comprehending, but supportive!  Several of my relatives also read and enjoy my books, and it’s nice to get feedback from them, though I do wonder if they go through it and think ‘she’s writing about such dark things, is she feeling alright?’  Yeesh.

S. R. Carrillo

Well, no one in my family really reads my books (my mom tried, but the first chapter scared her too much hahha), but they’ve all been very supportive of my dream. Even if they don’t read the books, they purchase them and tell their friends about me and understand when I wanna be left the hell alone to work out this scene or that…

Paul B. Spence

A fair amount. There was doubt at first, but once I published, they have been very supportive.

Caren Rich

I use them as a sounding board. My hubby is very supportive of my writing. Although he does keep asking when the bestseller will be published!

Elizabeth Rhodes

My family supports what I do but aren’t cheerleaders.  This is probably because I don’t talk to them about my efforts as much, but it’s fine for me.  My partner is much more enthusiastic and cheers me on.

Eric Wood

I get a good deal of support for my writing from my family. My wife reads every article (or at least I assume she does) as do my parents. By support I mean they read what I write and occasionally comment on it. Right now my writing is simply through my blog, certainly not full time and it makes zero dollars. But it’s something I enjoy so I’m supported in my endeavor… err hobby?

Allen Tiffany

Great question. Huge support from my family. I could not be luckier. My wife has a MA in English lit and insists on proofing every chapter before I submit it to the online writing workshop I use. She is not a grammarian – but she does call out gaffs, typos, and gross mistakes — but her feedback on the story is always helpful.

My twin 16-year olds read my manuscripts and provide gut-level feedback and a bit of copy editing. One of my 16-year olds is also an accomplished artist and is working on some artwork for me to include in my upcoming novel. She provided a map for my first publication (you can see it in the “Look Inside” feature of the paperback version of my novella on Amazon).

My parents were also very supportive, though they never had much interest in reading what I was writing. They just had different tastes in literature, but they always encouraged me to write.

The one qualifier I’d add is that though my family is very supportive, I only hand them something to read about once every six months (other than my wife proofing before I submit). I don’t want to bombard them with every new page. It would not be fair to them, and frankly it would distort the feedback, and getting frequent feedback would confuse me. For instance, after I finished my first novel, I wrote the sequel – about 75K words at the time – proofed it a number of my times myself, and then handed it to them. That was the first time they saw any of it (which was a funny story – both read it cover-to-cover in three hours, sitting in the living room in silence, flipping pages, my wife twisting her hair, which she does when something makes her anxious).

Jean Davis

Those in my house know to leave me alone when I’m at my writing desk…for the most part anyway. Friends and family know I’m a hermit during November and May, which are my intensive writing months. Their support is in the form of leaving me alone to do my thing. My kids occasionally get roped into reading a draft because their good nitpickers. I’ve raised them well.

D. T. Nova

Enough that I’d never complain about it. Small encouragement, and maybe more importantly, none of the belittling that I’ve heard some authors describe. Everyone whose opinion I have to deal with understands how much effort is involved, I think.

Gregory S. Close

The easiest way to answer this weeks question is just to copy/paste the relevant acknowledgment from In Siege of Daylight.  Needless to say, family has been integral in my ability to write (even if sometimes I have to take out the trash instead of write a colossal multi-threaded climactic battle scene).

“Thank you to my family, both immediate and extended, for your love and support and for the unceasing encouragement of my writing since the notion of telling stories first took hold of me. To my wife Sigrid, who has indeed suffered long and hard through the glacial pace of this novel’s progress. She has supported me, believed in me, been appropriately frustrated at me when I am a doofus, and occasionally allowed me to stay on as her shiftless kept man – I love you!

To my daughters Iliana and Sabine, I love you too, more than you will ever know, and even more than I embarrass you. Really.

To Mom and Dad, for instilling in me a love of reading and writing and all things fantastic. Dad sat us on his lap and read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, complete with pipe and smoke rings. Mom, although pipe-less, introduced us to Narnia and The Hardy Boys and many other lunch-time reads too numerous to mention.

To my brother Stephen, my partner in imagination. His hand-me-down books and encyclopedic knowledge of everything he’s ever read filled in the foundations of my science fiction and fantasy lexicon. He introduced me to Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever and The Many-Colored Land, among others, and explained the intricacies of both the Marvel and DC universes. Especially Batman. Lots and lots of Batman.”

– Gregory S Close. In Siege of Daylight (Kindle Locations 11930-11940). Booksurge.

Linda G. Hill

I get a fair amount of support from those in my family who understand what I’m trying to do. Unfortunately, for most of them it’s beyond their capabilities to “get” it, for various reasons. My only recourse, (and thanks to my eldest son and my best friend I’m able to do this) is to run away and work outside of the house.

Jay Dee Archer

I get some mixed support from my family. My biggest supporters are my mom and sister. They’re very understanding that I need time and quiet, though they live on the other side of the world (although at this time, my sister is sitting on the sofa about two metres away from me). My wife is skeptical, while my daughter doesn’t care. Of course, my daughter is only three years old, and would rather interrupt me repeatedly than let me use the computer.

But since my sister tends to like similar genres as me, I think she’ll probably read my books.

How about you?

Are you a writer? How much does your family support you? Please leave your answers in the comments below.

Authors Answer 16 – Writers’ Resources

Not everything comes from an author’s mind.  Probably not a good idea, anyway.  Sometimes they need help, whether it’s research, editing, critiquing, or creating covers.  There are some great resources online that can help with these and more.  This week’s very useful question comes from Amy Morris-Jones.

tourist-information-symbol-iso-sign-is-1293Question 16: What are your favorite online resources/websites for writers?

H. Anthe Davis

Whee, link time!  Alas, I lost a lot of my links in my computer upgrade, but I do have a few of interest.  I make my own maps using the GIMP 2 program (like an open-source Photoshop), following the advice of a great mapmaking tutorial.  I use this color chart sometimes, and this medieval demographics calculator (though just for a rough guide), and I find Peter Menzel’s photography site (and books) to be really helpful in visualizing the differences between cultures in terms of food and home-goods consumption.  I also learn a lot from organic farming and DIY websites.  While most of the information will never make it into the text, I like knowing the details of my places and peoples.

S. R. Carrillo

I guess I should get some, huh? Google count? :\ Winterbayne has some! http://winterbayne.com/for-writers/

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I don’t go there much anymore because there’s a time-management factor that’s required and I just don’t have it, but CritiqueCircle.com is an awesome website to be a part of. The basic idea is that you can post a chapter of your manuscript and have fellow writers critique it. In order to keep everyone playing fair, you have to earn points by critiquing other people’s submissions before you can post one of your own. If you’re looking for opinions on your work during the editing process it’s an awesome resource, but if you’re like me and you just don’t have time to earn your points, it might not be for you.

My other favorite would probably be WritersDigest.com. There are a lot of resources available on one site, and thought quite a bit of it is stuff you have to pay for, there’s quite a lot of free stuff as well. They’re also constantly running contests that you can take part in for a chance at prizes and exposure, and that’s pretty cool.

And lastly, definitely NaNoWriMo.org, because having a community can be very important to a writer, and I don’t think there’s any greater or more supportive community than NaNo.

Paul B. Spence

Uh… To be honest, my resources are on the shelf over my desk.

Jean Davis

I’m a faithful user (or daily stalker if you want to be truthful) of The Grinder. Because of my recent focus on short stories, The Grinder has been a valuable resource in researching markets. It’s wealth of market information, specific searches, and submission tracking are quick and easy to use, which means more time for writing. http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com

Amy Morris-Jones

I feel like this list could go on forever since I’m always adding to it, but here is a handful of my favorites that I continually return to again and again:

Aerogramme Writer’s Studio: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/

The Write Practice: http://thewritepractice.com/

Writer’s Digest: http://www.writersdigest.com/

Writer’s Helping Writers: http://writershelpingwriters.net/

K.M. Weiland: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

I’ve also found Twitter incredibly useful to keep up with the writing “conversation.”

D. T. Nova

Most of my answers aren’t specifically for writers, but can be very helpful to them anyway.

Behind the Name ( http://www.behindthename.com/ ) is good for helping decide names for characters.

For research I prefer to use semi-major sites that are about the general subject. The Nine Planets ( http://nineplanets.org/ ) for solar system astronomy, Encyclopedia Mythica ( http://pantheon.org/ ) for mythology, etc. Wikipedia is not as bad as some people say, though and I’ve done a lot of my research there.

http://www.aqua-calc.com/ has some useful tools, including the best volume/mass calculator I’ve seen.

http://stardestroyer.net/Resources/ has some tools for sci-fi writers, such as a planet parameter calculator.

I haven’t actually used it for anything that I’ve written, but http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index.php has all sorts of generators.

Caren Rich

Wow, that’s a loaded question.  I like Critique Circle, an online writers group that has forums as well as allows for critiques.  Wonderful for someone like me who hasn’t found a local group. Blogs from other writers are great to read about their successes and struggles as well as techniques. Pinterest is a great place to find articles relating to everything.  Good for research.


Writer’s Digest has forums and loads of information.

The Writers Forensics Blog has information on …. forensics!  Body parts, police, murder, etc…

Crime scene writer at Yahoo groups this is another great resource.   A place to ask questions relating to crime scenes and forensics.

Twitter, great place to keep tabs on all kinds of info for research.

Thrill Writing, another blog on crime writing.

Do you see a trend? With all of these resources I can plot out my novel, track down multiple ways to murder a character, clean up the crime scene, follow the clues and have my protagonist track down the killer.  All in a days work.

Linda G. Hill

The only thing I really have is WordPress. Can that be considered a resource?

Elizabeth Rhodes

I cannot give enough praise to Critique Circle.  That website has an amazing community of writers in all stages of the process geared toward helping each other improve upon their work.  It’s not like other critique groups where you’ll have a flood of review requests and few editors actually taking them on.  Their system is set up so that you must give as much as you get.
For getting words on the page, I recommend two other resources.  The first is National Novel Writing Month.  Despite the debate on whether their approach is a good one, NaNoWriMo provides if nothing else the motivation to ignore your self-doubts and fears for a month and get those words out.  You can’t edit a draft if you never write one, after all.  The second is Write or Die.  This little application functions like a word processor combined with a whip-lashing muse.  You will write, and you will continue to write, or you will be punished.  It’s another great motivator to keep writing and not worry about “Is this a good sentence?” just yet.

Jay Dee Archer

I rely on a few resources, but here are the biggest ones I use.

Critique Circle is my number one resource for critiquing. The community there is wonderful, and I’m guaranteed to have three or four critiques for my writing.

Writers Write has some great advice, but they also offer courses in writing.  They have some interesting topics that are quite helpful.

Another resource with blogs, forums, and articles about writing is Writing.com.

In the past, when I was doing my worldbuilding, I used this Medieval Demographics Made Easy calculator.  Of course, you can see the original calculator on this page, as well as spreadsheets and other calculators.  Here’s another interesting generator called Constructed Country Generator. And for an in-depth file, I suggest city216 on this page.  I used this a long time ago, and you can adjust many parameters so they can apply to more modern society. Although these are for RPGs, they can also be a bit of fun for worldbuilding in fiction.

How about you?

Do you know of any resources we didn’t mention? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.  I hope you found something new this week to help you with your writing.