Steven G. Dean

Steven G. Dean

is creating fantasy adventures

3

patrons

$45

per story
Howdy, and thank you for your interest in patronising me!

...you know what I mean.

Why would you consider supporting a speccy, beardy geek like me? Simple: to become a wizard. How? I may be a writer, but my power starts and ends at my keyboard, so let me explain. Until my mid-20s, writing was an impossible dream. With the love of a beautiful woman, it became a possible dream. With your support, dreams can become reality - and that, my new friend, makes you a wizard.

A bit of history
I managed to plough through enough of the 9-5 to write a short story and my first novel, and self-publish them, but it was a struggle that took over two years. I'm glad I did it, slog though it was. I proved to myself, as much as anyone else, what I could achieve.

I did everything except the cover art myself - drafting, editing, proofreading, formatting, publicising, everything. I suspect it shows in the finished work, but after writing and re-writing every day for two years, there came a point when I wanted the project finished so I could move on to the next one.

What now?
"The next one" is where I am now. Having had proof of concept with In Godless Times, I am writing a series of fantasy novels and I want to give them the time and attention to make them as good as they can be. I'd also like to explore the worlds of Ana Knight and a few other short-story characters scattered in notebooks around my home, but I barely have time to work on main projects, never mind indulge side ones.

That's where you would come in. With your support, I'd be able to devote more time to writing and share more of my fiancée's my completely original ideas with the world.

How often do I publish?
I have a full-time job and I write for fun. I'm not shackled to my computer hammering out words at a supersonic pace, and I wouldn't charge patrons for any project below novel length (let's say a minimum of 100,000 words). It's unlikely my current project, Shadow of a Second, will be ready for release before 2020 - of course, if all goes well here I might be able to bring that timescale forwards, but you'd be in the loop via the blog if that happened!

So I'm not going to chip away at your savings with monthly releases, but I can guarantee your investment will be appreciated and will keep me on track to deliver. It will also probably lead to more short stories, which you may or may not get access to for free depending on your level of support, because I tend to work on those when I have writer's block. It's the standard equation: more investment means more content.

Also you'll be a wizard.
Tiers
Novice
$1 or more per story
Thank you for your support! You're paying me about as much as Amazon does for selling a whole book, and that gets you:
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Behind the scenes blog posts, including Q&A
  • Patron-only polls
Initiate
$5 or more per story
Five bucks for a book is a pretty good deal. It works out well for me too, because your support mostly goes directly to me instead of fees and Amazon's profits. This is what Patreon is all about, and I thank you for it.
  • Free PDF copy of completed books
  • Plus all previous rewards
Apprentice
$10 or more per story
You have gone above and beyond supporting each release into helping me grow my writing career. You are a scholar, and your name will live forever.
  • Your name on a Thank You page in my books
  • Plus all previous rewards
Wizard
$20 or more per story
Your dedication to the Art is profound! I bet you buy pictures from gallery cafés like the one in this short story I wrote. You are a source of creativity, even if you've never written a word or sketched a line yourself. You have my gratitude, in the form of:
  • Signed physical copies of novel-length books
  • Access to early drafts
  • Plus all previous rewards
Archmage
$50 or more per story
You are a powerful force for creation! As well as a wizard, you get to be an explorer. In collaboration with myself, you can indelibly name a landmark in my fantasy world, which has land- and sea-based cultures and a spirit world!
  • Name a landmark in my fantasy world
  • Personal thank you message
  • Character bios - hopefully with bespoke art one day, but that is a "down-the-line" priority
  • Plus all previous rewards
Literally Paul Daniels
$100 or more per story
You are the greatest sorcerer of our time. I don't even know how to reward someone for this level of investment. I will certainly don my cloak and wizard hat and broadcast my undying thanks to the world. Until I can think of a suitable expression of gratitude, have an IOU for a drink on me and some time to talk about whatever you want!
  • Video thank you from one wizard to another
  • Mention in the dedication of my books
  • At least one beverage of your choice on me if we ever meet
  • Plus all previous rewards
Howdy, and thank you for your interest in patronising me!

...you know what I mean.

Why would you consider supporting a speccy, beardy geek like me? Simple: to become a wizard. How? I may be a writer, but my power starts and ends at my keyboard, so let me explain. Until my mid-20s, writing was an impossible dream. With the love of a beautiful woman, it became a possible dream. With your support, dreams can become reality - and that, my new friend, makes you a wizard.

A bit of history
I managed to plough through enough of the 9-5 to write a short story and my first novel, and self-publish them, but it was a struggle that took over two years. I'm glad I did it, slog though it was. I proved to myself, as much as anyone else, what I could achieve.

I did everything except the cover art myself - drafting, editing, proofreading, formatting, publicising, everything. I suspect it shows in the finished work, but after writing and re-writing every day for two years, there came a point when I wanted the project finished so I could move on to the next one.

What now?
"The next one" is where I am now. Having had proof of concept with In Godless Times, I am writing a series of fantasy novels and I want to give them the time and attention to make them as good as they can be. I'd also like to explore the worlds of Ana Knight and a few other short-story characters scattered in notebooks around my home, but I barely have time to work on main projects, never mind indulge side ones.

That's where you would come in. With your support, I'd be able to devote more time to writing and share more of my fiancée's my completely original ideas with the world.

How often do I publish?
I have a full-time job and I write for fun. I'm not shackled to my computer hammering out words at a supersonic pace, and I wouldn't charge patrons for any project below novel length (let's say a minimum of 100,000 words). It's unlikely my current project, Shadow of a Second, will be ready for release before 2020 - of course, if all goes well here I might be able to bring that timescale forwards, but you'd be in the loop via the blog if that happened!

So I'm not going to chip away at your savings with monthly releases, but I can guarantee your investment will be appreciated and will keep me on track to deliver. It will also probably lead to more short stories, which you may or may not get access to for free depending on your level of support, because I tend to work on those when I have writer's block. It's the standard equation: more investment means more content.

Also you'll be a wizard.

Recent posts by Steven G. Dean

Tiers
Novice
$1 or more per story
Thank you for your support! You're paying me about as much as Amazon does for selling a whole book, and that gets you:
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Behind the scenes blog posts, including Q&A
  • Patron-only polls
Initiate
$5 or more per story
Five bucks for a book is a pretty good deal. It works out well for me too, because your support mostly goes directly to me instead of fees and Amazon's profits. This is what Patreon is all about, and I thank you for it.
  • Free PDF copy of completed books
  • Plus all previous rewards
Apprentice
$10 or more per story
You have gone above and beyond supporting each release into helping me grow my writing career. You are a scholar, and your name will live forever.
  • Your name on a Thank You page in my books
  • Plus all previous rewards
Wizard
$20 or more per story
Your dedication to the Art is profound! I bet you buy pictures from gallery cafés like the one in this short story I wrote. You are a source of creativity, even if you've never written a word or sketched a line yourself. You have my gratitude, in the form of:
  • Signed physical copies of novel-length books
  • Access to early drafts
  • Plus all previous rewards
Archmage
$50 or more per story
You are a powerful force for creation! As well as a wizard, you get to be an explorer. In collaboration with myself, you can indelibly name a landmark in my fantasy world, which has land- and sea-based cultures and a spirit world!
  • Name a landmark in my fantasy world
  • Personal thank you message
  • Character bios - hopefully with bespoke art one day, but that is a "down-the-line" priority
  • Plus all previous rewards
Literally Paul Daniels
$100 or more per story
You are the greatest sorcerer of our time. I don't even know how to reward someone for this level of investment. I will certainly don my cloak and wizard hat and broadcast my undying thanks to the world. Until I can think of a suitable expression of gratitude, have an IOU for a drink on me and some time to talk about whatever you want!
  • Video thank you from one wizard to another
  • Mention in the dedication of my books
  • At least one beverage of your choice on me if we ever meet
  • Plus all previous rewards