Jerry Dubs is creating time travel to ancient Egypt
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What's going on ...
I am publishing a serialized novel and experimenting with crowd-sourcing creativity.

Who am I?
My name is Jerry Dubs. I am a retired journalist. I write as a hobby. For the past five years, my wife and I have been bopping around Florida, Pa., N.C., S.C., Ga., Wa., Or., and Saint Martin, living in furnished rentals (AirBnB and VRBO places). We explore and play tennis. In between, I write.

What do I write?
I have self-published seven novels. Four of them are about the ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep. Imhotep has been downloaded by more than 200,000 readers and has been well-received (4.3 stars from +1,000 reviews on Amazon, 3.84 stars from +2,000 reviews on Goodreads.) Kirkus Reviews called Imhotep "An intelligently constructed and exciting peek into the distant past."

What do I want from you?
I want your thoughts (and a little of your money). 

Thoughts?
Yep. Each week I post a new chapter or scene that is available to all patrons. I'm looking for feedback as I write. This scene is boring. This scene is too bloody. This character sounds too modern. This scene works. Why don't you have Suti just shout? I want to know more about Queen Merti. Basically I'm looking for a whole busload of back-seat drivers. I get that I am the one writing the novel, but I think it would be neat to be forced to rethink ideas, to change direction (or voice) to consider not just my viewpoint, but also the ideas of others while I am writing.   

It's working.
So far, I've gotten feedback that has led me to restructure the novel. I'm changing it from 1st person to a combination of 1st person and 3rd person.

What is this novel about?
It's set in the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. The theme is self-discovery and the development of the ego. I'm throwing a 16-year-old scribe in an underground labyrinth (there is some historical basis for the maze), giving him temporary amnesia and having him rediscover who he is. There are bad guys, there is Indiana-Jones-ish exploration, there are subplots, there is some humor, there is a frustrated romance, oh, and dancing baboons and fire-breathing snakes.

You want my money?

Just a little. I set up 5 levels of patronage.
$1 a month gets you a copy of "Imhotep" and chapter a week of the book I'm working on. You are invited to read and comment. $3 a month gets you that plus notes on each chapter. For $5 a month, you get that chapter, notes and a video every couple of weeks. $10 takes you behind the curtain, so to speak. Notes, questions, ramblings, plot ideas to discuss, questions about narrative style ... just everything. $25 a month gets you all the other stuff, a coffee mug and the warm feeling of being a sponsor of the arts.

Anything else?
I'm excited about trying this. I have no idea if it will be a bust or the next big thing. You could look at it as "too many cooks spoil the pot." But I write about ancient Egypt, and I think about the combined manpower and teamwork it took to raise the pyramids.
We'll see.
Oh - and I'm kicking around the idea of live-streaming while I am writing. Could be even more exciting than watching paint dry, right? 
Tiers
Serial Reader
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
For a $1 a month you get a new chapter every week. You'll also get a free copy of the ebook "Imhotep."
Note Reader
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Sign up for $3 a month if you want to look behind the scenes. You get the chapters and you can read my notes and discussions about the plot, characters and narrative. You'll also get a free copy of the ebook "Imhotep."
Viewer
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For $5 a month, you get a chapter of the novel-in-progress each week, a copy of the ebook "Imhotep," and a monthly video in which I’ll recap where I am in the novel, any interesting research I’ve uncovered, and how this experiment is going. 
Creator
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For $10 a month, you get everything above and you help direct the novel. You help develop the characters. You help iron out the plot. I’m looking for questions: Why this much violence? Why this description? What’s the point of this dialogue? When is this secret revealed? Nothing’s off limits.
Patron
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I’m setting the highest level of support at $25 a month. For that you get everything: the chapters, the notes, the video, "Imhotep," and you help direct the novel. The extra support gets you acknowledgement in the back matter of the book. And, three months in, I’ll ship you an “Imhotep” coffee mug. If I get enough support, I’ll commission a second cover and additional formatting to create a trade paperback. I’ll ship that to you as well.
Goals
$0 of $1,000 per month
I'd like to make audio versions of the rest of the Imhotep series. Audio books haven't been cost effective, so it is difficult to justify the investment. On the other hand, I've received a number of requests for them. I'd like to use Patreon funding to make the entire Imhotep series available in audio.
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What's going on ...
I am publishing a serialized novel and experimenting with crowd-sourcing creativity.

Who am I?
My name is Jerry Dubs. I am a retired journalist. I write as a hobby. For the past five years, my wife and I have been bopping around Florida, Pa., N.C., S.C., Ga., Wa., Or., and Saint Martin, living in furnished rentals (AirBnB and VRBO places). We explore and play tennis. In between, I write.

What do I write?
I have self-published seven novels. Four of them are about the ancient Egyptian architect Imhotep. Imhotep has been downloaded by more than 200,000 readers and has been well-received (4.3 stars from +1,000 reviews on Amazon, 3.84 stars from +2,000 reviews on Goodreads.) Kirkus Reviews called Imhotep "An intelligently constructed and exciting peek into the distant past."

What do I want from you?
I want your thoughts (and a little of your money). 

Thoughts?
Yep. Each week I post a new chapter or scene that is available to all patrons. I'm looking for feedback as I write. This scene is boring. This scene is too bloody. This character sounds too modern. This scene works. Why don't you have Suti just shout? I want to know more about Queen Merti. Basically I'm looking for a whole busload of back-seat drivers. I get that I am the one writing the novel, but I think it would be neat to be forced to rethink ideas, to change direction (or voice) to consider not just my viewpoint, but also the ideas of others while I am writing.   

It's working.
So far, I've gotten feedback that has led me to restructure the novel. I'm changing it from 1st person to a combination of 1st person and 3rd person.

What is this novel about?
It's set in the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. The theme is self-discovery and the development of the ego. I'm throwing a 16-year-old scribe in an underground labyrinth (there is some historical basis for the maze), giving him temporary amnesia and having him rediscover who he is. There are bad guys, there is Indiana-Jones-ish exploration, there are subplots, there is some humor, there is a frustrated romance, oh, and dancing baboons and fire-breathing snakes.

You want my money?

Just a little. I set up 5 levels of patronage.
$1 a month gets you a copy of "Imhotep" and chapter a week of the book I'm working on. You are invited to read and comment. $3 a month gets you that plus notes on each chapter. For $5 a month, you get that chapter, notes and a video every couple of weeks. $10 takes you behind the curtain, so to speak. Notes, questions, ramblings, plot ideas to discuss, questions about narrative style ... just everything. $25 a month gets you all the other stuff, a coffee mug and the warm feeling of being a sponsor of the arts.

Anything else?
I'm excited about trying this. I have no idea if it will be a bust or the next big thing. You could look at it as "too many cooks spoil the pot." But I write about ancient Egypt, and I think about the combined manpower and teamwork it took to raise the pyramids.
We'll see.
Oh - and I'm kicking around the idea of live-streaming while I am writing. Could be even more exciting than watching paint dry, right? 

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Tiers
Serial Reader
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
For a $1 a month you get a new chapter every week. You'll also get a free copy of the ebook "Imhotep."
Note Reader
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Sign up for $3 a month if you want to look behind the scenes. You get the chapters and you can read my notes and discussions about the plot, characters and narrative. You'll also get a free copy of the ebook "Imhotep."
Viewer
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
For $5 a month, you get a chapter of the novel-in-progress each week, a copy of the ebook "Imhotep," and a monthly video in which I’ll recap where I am in the novel, any interesting research I’ve uncovered, and how this experiment is going. 
Creator
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
For $10 a month, you get everything above and you help direct the novel. You help develop the characters. You help iron out the plot. I’m looking for questions: Why this much violence? Why this description? What’s the point of this dialogue? When is this secret revealed? Nothing’s off limits.
Patron
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I’m setting the highest level of support at $25 a month. For that you get everything: the chapters, the notes, the video, "Imhotep," and you help direct the novel. The extra support gets you acknowledgement in the back matter of the book. And, three months in, I’ll ship you an “Imhotep” coffee mug. If I get enough support, I’ll commission a second cover and additional formatting to create a trade paperback. I’ll ship that to you as well.