Wanna help support your favorite writer? Or maybe me, instead? Here are some ways to do it:
There's a fuller explanation below, but let's get the basics first. If you want to give me money, I'm happy to accept it, and even provide some goodies in exchange. I'm also happy to provide some free information about how you can do this. There are four ways to sign up:
So what's involved in each option?
The Misenchanted Newsletter:
If you subscribe to the newsletter, then you'll get an e-mail from me roughly once a month, providing the latest news on what I'm writing and on any new or upcoming publications. Nothing fancy at all. That's it. No commitments, no payments, cancel any time.
There are actually three different versions of the newsletter: Succinct, Chatty, and Ethshar Only; if you sign up here it's for the basic version, Succinct, but you can e-mail me at any time to change.
Chatty subscribers get the Succinct version, but may also get longer, less focused ones sometimes, with personal news and comment as well as the stuff about my work; so far there have only been two or three Chatty newsletters ever sent, in a period of several years.
Ethshar Only means you get the Succinct newsletter, but only when there's news about the Ethshar series; if there's no Ethshar news, you don't get anything that month.
I created this in response to Patreon's revamp of their fee system in December of 2017, to provide an option for people who don't want to stay with Patreon. There are three price levels, at $1.00, $5.00, or $10.00 per month. (I based that on the most common pledges on my Patreon.)
Subscribers, at $1.00 a month, get access to a private area here on my website where you can find the same things I've offered my Patreon supporters. There will generally be one short story a month -- sometimes previously published, sometimes not -- and at least one other item, which could be just about anything. Short stories will usually be posted as plain HTML, and as ebooks. Subscribers also get the Succinct newsletter unless they specifically ask not to (which they're free to do.)
Supporters, at $5.00 a month, get the Subscriber stuff plus Smashword coupons for large discounts (but probably not freebies) on all Misenchanted Press ebooks. I'll try to find other extras, as well -- suggestions (and requests) are welcome.
Patrons, at $10.00 a month, get the Supporter package plus whatever reasonable bonuses I can think of. This may include advance looks at works in progress, credit toward book purchases, etc. -- I'm still working this out.
For those who prefer to use Patreon, it's still an option. Despite the new fee structure, it's still probably more convenient and lets you aggregate support for multiple creators, rather than maintaining several accounts. I completely understand that. Rather than me explaining Patreon here, just follow the link and get the official story.
Want to give me a couple of bucks, but keep it really simple? Here you go. Ko-fi is a no-frills opportunity to provide low-level support for creators, the online equivalent of saying thanks by buying someone a cup of coffee. Except I don't actually drink coffee, so we'll fudge it a little.
Why Does This Page Exist?:
I've been a full-time writer since 1979. For about thirty years I earned a decent living at it. Of late, though, the publishing business has changed radically, and it's gotten much harder to make money; the average writer's income has dropped significantly.
I may not be an average writer, I'm not a good judge of that, but my income has dropped, too. I'd like to slow, or ideally reverse, that trend. I know I have some very supportive fans, so I thought I'd see if I could maybe offer them something in exchange for turning that emotional support into direct financial support.
Over the years I've accumulated a lot of unpublished stuff -- mostly fragments, but a few short stories and at least one short novel. I also have a lot of work that's been published, but is now hard to find. And I've been thinking about maybe writing a few essays.
I'll post some of this stuff for my subscribers and patrons. And the feedback (and financial support) may also help me decide what to concentrate on in finishing and publishing stories elsewhere.
There's also lots of stuff on my webpage -- pages for every published story, articles, advice, travel reports, etc. You can start here. I also have a couple of public blogs, "The Mind Control Lasers Lied to Me" and "The Serial Box," and I'm on various social media: Dreamwidth, Facebook, etc.
-- Lawrence Watt Evans
That's it; here's your list of handy exits:
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