I’m On Patreon! (Also, a FREE Short Story!)
My blogging/announcements schedule has been derailed somewhat by internet outages this week, but I’m trying to get back on track now. A couple of the things I was going to post about this weekend will have to wait a day or so. For now, however, I’m happy to announce the launch of my shiny new Patreon page!
So why am I on Patreon, and what exactly will I be doing there? I’ve been planning this for a long time, but it took a while for me to figure out exactly how I wanted to go about it. I didn’t want to promise a whole bunch of rewards that I wouldn’t able to deliver on without taking time away from my book-writing. Thus, I decided to keep things very simple.
I’ve only got one tier of rewards on my Patreon. Basically, if you pledge $1 per month, you get a monthly short story (and access to whatever stories I’ve already published, at no additional cost). That’s all I’m offering for now. You can pledge more than $1 per month if you want, but there’s no reason why you have to, and I’m not actually encouraging that right now. I may add rewards for higher pledges down the line, but for now I’m satisfied with this system.
The short stories will all be set in the Beaumont and Beasley world. They might revolve around any characters and be set in any time period. I’ll try to surprise you every month in one way or another. The average story length will be between 4,000 and 5,000 words.
The first of these short stories is available for free to give you a taste of what you’ll be getting if you make a pledge. You can download it from Patreon here, or read it on Wattpad here. It’s called “The Replacements,” and it’s set not too long after the ending of The Tomb of the Sea Witch. Here’s a little synopsis:
The Fang and Claw Pub is accustomed to unusual visitors. After all, its clientele is mostly made up of monsters and magical creatures, who come there to escape from a world where they are forced to keep their true appearances hidden. However, the pub’s management does draw the line at ghosts. They’re bad for business. And the one moaning and wailing upstairs simply has to go.
Fortunately, there are people to handle things like that. Namely, Beaumont and Beasley, celebrated investigators of the strange and the supernatural.
But it’s not the Beaumont and Beasley you might have expected…
You can read more about this new element of my author platform on my Patreon page. Thanks for checking it out! I have a couple more announcements coming up on the blog this week, so stay tuned!