If you'd like to help support me and my work of any and all types, please do consider supporting me on Patreon. Here you will find details regarding all the many rewards offered to my Patreon supporters.
If you prefer one-time donations, you can also donate directly to my Paypal.
However, if you support my Patreon, you get lots of goodies in return!
I use my Patreon, first and foremost, as a way to connect with my supporters. I will directly communicate with those so generously supporting my work. For all your belief in me and your support of my creative efforts, I also do my best to give you back as much as I can.
For more info on each tier, please see the tier list on Patreon itself.
All tier art is of my Wulfgard protagonist Tom Drake in various levels of werewolf transformation; all are drawn by my brother, Justin RR "Saber-Scorpion" Stebbins.
The following are details regarding each and every Patreon reward...
Also starting at the $1 Packmate tier is access to polls where you can vote on my upcoming folklore facts. These include Werewolf Facts, Vampire Facts, and the more generalized Folklore Facts.
The polls will include several options to choose from, and patrons can vote for whichever they would like to read about next!
Also starting at the $1 Packmate tier is access to the Patron Tower channel on my personal Discord server (be sure to join that; don't worry, we don't bite, believe it or not)! The patron channel is where I and all your fellow patrons discuss the exclusive stuff you'll be seeing after you join my pack.
Each patron tier also gets a unique color on the discord! Please note: you can opt out of the tier color system and have a default Patron role/color if you don't want everyone to know what tier you're at. Just let me know that you don't want to receive your tier role/color and I will just give you the general role that allows access instead.
Starting at the $5 Shadewalker tier, you will gain access to ALL the writing I post exclusive to my Patreon! This includes flash fiction and vignettes, as well as all-new exclusive looks at my upcoming publications, both fiction and nonfiction!
The previews will be everything from chapters of a book, novellas, and previews of or sometimes even completed short stories, to sections of non-fiction books such as my werewolf and folklore publications.
I consider this to be one of the most important things I offer on my Patreon. These previews are generally (but not always) rough drafts.
These previews are 100% exclusive and can appear a year or even many years ahead of a work's publication!
You'll be the first to see and hear about everything I'm working on next, and you'll see these things in their rough iterations; some undergo fairly drastic edits before publication, so you will only see some of them in their original forms right here. You'll also meet upcoming characters long before they are shared with the public.
Starting at the $10 Mooncaller tier, you will receive credit in the Special Thanks section at the back of all my future works (for as long as you remain a patron)! These credits are in alphabetical order by name. I include these special thanks in all my books, both fiction and non-fiction.
If you back me for this tier, please message me on Patreon and let me know how you would like to be credited in future works. You can also opt out of being credited, if you so desire.
Starting at the $20 Huntmaster tier, I will sometimes post big polls about what I should focus on next. This can include the next novel, short story collection, novella series, stand-alone novella, non-fiction work, etc., and more.
This is a big deal because you will be helping me decide exactly what to focus on for up to the next year or several years! This is a big decision, and your vote very much counts. I always take into account patron voices when deciding my next project(s).
These don't come around too often because I have to publish works in order to continue to new works, but they pop up now and then as I get larger works (novels and other large books) and "shorter" works (novellas, short story collections, etc) published, so they are definitely something to watch out for.
Here's something interesting! For every Apex Predator patron, I will write another flash fiction per month.
Note that I may not always meet this goal exactly, but that will be the goal coming into each month, at least. I will not let this get in the way of my major projects, but it'll be a side goal that I will always try to meet.
What do I mean by "flash fiction?" Well, think of them as extra short short stories. They can be anywhere from 500 words to 1.5k words to maybe even over 3k words, but they will probably never reach the length of my longer short stories (such as those seen in The Hunt Never Ends and other works/collections, like the Tales of Wulfgard series) unless I choose to expand them.
Patrons will be able to participate in polls about the upcoming flash fiction, and I will use the results to influence the subjects/characters of at least a few of them for that month!
If you're still confused, think of these as warmup sketches that an artist may do before drawing the full picture. I like to write fun, quick, simple things before a longer drafting session on a greater project. I do so much outlining and planning and careful work these days that it's nice to go back and write something totally quick and simple!
These will also serve as fun showcases of characters, settings, stories, and more, and they may even show scenes that would otherwise not be included in a major published work. And yet I may even publish some of them someday into a collection; who knows?
All I ask in return from my wonderful patrons is that you do not share anything I post exclusively on Patreon. This means no discussion of previews, characters seen therein, sharing of quotes or information, or anything else, outside of the Patron-exclusive channel on the discord and/or on the Patreon posts themselves.
Previews posted on my Patreon are intended for patrons only. They need to maintain exclusivity, absolutely, until I publish these works myself on a public level. This not only includes the story/stories and their events but also the characters and character names and appearances, lore, and everything else, especially as my characters are the centerpiece of my writing.
I hope you'll consider becoming a member of my pack! I would love to have you!
I also welcome questions from patrons and potential patrons; please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!
For those who have never used Patreon before:
Support is done via a monthly (recurring!) payment system, based on your chosen tier. For each tier, you will receive different rewards. Please remember that you are under absolutely no obligation to maintain your monthly payment support!
You can change to a lower tier or cancel whenever you like, as it suits you. Any support you can offer is appreciated, and I will never begrudge anyone for lowering their amount or canceling. I certainly understand any monetary issues.
If you're unable to support on Patreon, at least sign up for my free newsletter! Patreon will net you a lot more goodies and more (see below), but you can always stay up to date with my work for free.
(Note: All patrons receive everything and more that is found in my newsletter; I do not encourage supporting patrons to also subscribe to my newsletter, as it will double up.)