Andrew Shields is creating Serial Fiction
27
patrons
$71
per chapter
Thank you for coming to look at my page! This is your chance to join the stalwart community of people who are supporting my novels set in Doskvol, a fictional Gothic industrial fantasy noir setting. 

About Me

I am a creator with a day job and a long history of writing fiction and tinkering with role playing games. I want the best for my wife and children. That means financing our enterprise with my work, and it also means keeping my own creative spark alive and burning. This Patreon serves both goals. It has provided me with structure and connection to a wider community, helping me stay on track with creating even as I am stretched by developing my skills in dealing with the necessary work of publishing (instead of writing alone.) 

So How Does This Work?

Every two weeks by Sunday night I post a 5,000 word chapter in a serial novel (or the equivalent.) That means every two weeks I ask for your pledge. (On months with 3 chapters because of how weekends fall, you get one free!) You can watch a short video that explains the process here. Look to the upper right of this page for the button "Become a Patron." You can choose your level of investment, and you can make adjustments any time you like.

What Is This Ongoing Project?

John Harper wrote a tabletop role playing game called "Blades in the Dark." The game stakes out extremes along several lines. 

  • Gothic. The city runs on distilled demonic blood, now through science and before through superstition; the divide remains uneasy, a line to cross and re-cross to reinforce that Gothic feel.

  • Industrial. New technology, mass production, post-war; life is cheap and the class warfare of a widening gap between those who work and those who control the means of production is a focus for corruption, so crime becomes one of the only means for social mobility. Crushing poverty highlights the cost of new technology, while aristocrats protect themselves from the consequences of change as best they can.

  • Fantasy. Ghosts and demons permeate the setting; the Gates of Death were shattered thousands of years ago, and supernatural energy infuses the most normal of people, but some rise to manipulate those energies with will alone.

  • Noir. Anti-heroes, crooked cops, good people in bad situations and (more likely) bad people in good situations, self-destructive vices and justified cynicism; the world runs on suffering and it's beyond fixing. Nobody expects a happy ending, everybody has it coming, so you take your shot and if you survive, try to forget what success cost you. It's not about right and wrong so much as right now and the wrong risks.

My stories are spun in this setting, using the archetypes and target play style to inflame the imagination of those who play the game and to provide an entertaining tourist experience for those who don't play but want to visit the world and get to know some of its scoundrels.

Where Does the Money Go?

Self-publishing is relatively cheap, but it isn't free. I pay for ISBN numbers, font licenses, copyright expenses, professional layout, and so on out of my lifestyle funds. Not only does this Patreon counterbalance those expenses, but it also gives me breathing space with my ongoing cost of living, and breathing space is very useful for the creative process.

What is my vision for the future as this Patreon grows? Money erodes barriers between making creative things and releasing them to the public. With more funding, I can loosen those constraints; having funds to get professional layout and basic art for some projects would be great, and if I could escalate to getting a professional editor for my projects that would be excellent. In the meantime I must be mindful of my obligations, and the better I fund them, the easier it is to maneuver between them and the commitment to this ongoing creative project.

In Conclusion

One chapter at a time, I'm building novels. One novel at a time, I'll build a scenic overview for a delightfully shadowed setting. 

Thank you for coming by to take a look. My patrons are incredible, standing by my work and watching these stories unfold. I hope you will join us; there is a lot more yet to tell.
Tiers
What I'm Writing
$1 or more per chapter
Thank you for your patronage! You will get to read the chapters as they are finished, instead of waiting for the book to come out. Pretty neat!


ALL PATRONS AT THIS TIER AND HIGHER WHEN A BOOK IS FINISHED WILL HAVE THEIR NAMES IN THE BACK.

What I'm Thinking
$3 or more per chapter
Would you like to see essays about how I think about writing? These backers can get my thoughts on what's important, what stands in the way, and what this process feels like. More personal blogging-style engagement with the author and the material.
Where I'm Going
$5 or more per chapter
This is vulnerable stuff, thinking ahead about what's coming next. Here are thoughts that may not pan out, or may reveal gaps that are genuinely not thought out yet rather than secret plans yet to be revealed. Questions are welcome.
And Beyond
$10 or more per chapter
You really want me to succeed! So let's have a conversation about characters you might like to see, or see more of, or elements of the world that could use a closer look. You are invested in the fictional tourism, and if I can interpret your requests to give you a closer look at something or bring in an element that interests you, I'm happy to do it. 


Your primary benefit will be expressing your support and strengthening my project, that's more tangible and you have my appreciation. As a secondary benefit, you get your thumb on the scale for shifting alignment towards some elements that interest you in the stories; if we get independent stories beyond the serial chapters, you get a big say in how those focus too!

Goals
$71 of $100 per chapter
We want to share!

If I complete a book (writing, layout, cover, ISBN's, the whole process) and my patrons are contributing $100 per chapter, then I will share the ebook for free. The first novel, Silk and Silver, was for John Harper's "Blades in the Dark" Kickstarter, so there are constraints there; every subsequent book, this is my decision to make. Readers will still be able to buy paperbacks and hardbacks, so I can still profit from sales, but the barrier between readers and the story will be famously low--because of you.
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Thank you for coming to look at my page! This is your chance to join the stalwart community of people who are supporting my novels set in Doskvol, a fictional Gothic industrial fantasy noir setting. 

About Me

I am a creator with a day job and a long history of writing fiction and tinkering with role playing games. I want the best for my wife and children. That means financing our enterprise with my work, and it also means keeping my own creative spark alive and burning. This Patreon serves both goals. It has provided me with structure and connection to a wider community, helping me stay on track with creating even as I am stretched by developing my skills in dealing with the necessary work of publishing (instead of writing alone.) 

So How Does This Work?

Every two weeks by Sunday night I post a 5,000 word chapter in a serial novel (or the equivalent.) That means every two weeks I ask for your pledge. (On months with 3 chapters because of how weekends fall, you get one free!) You can watch a short video that explains the process here. Look to the upper right of this page for the button "Become a Patron." You can choose your level of investment, and you can make adjustments any time you like.

What Is This Ongoing Project?

John Harper wrote a tabletop role playing game called "Blades in the Dark." The game stakes out extremes along several lines. 

  • Gothic. The city runs on distilled demonic blood, now through science and before through superstition; the divide remains uneasy, a line to cross and re-cross to reinforce that Gothic feel.

  • Industrial. New technology, mass production, post-war; life is cheap and the class warfare of a widening gap between those who work and those who control the means of production is a focus for corruption, so crime becomes one of the only means for social mobility. Crushing poverty highlights the cost of new technology, while aristocrats protect themselves from the consequences of change as best they can.

  • Fantasy. Ghosts and demons permeate the setting; the Gates of Death were shattered thousands of years ago, and supernatural energy infuses the most normal of people, but some rise to manipulate those energies with will alone.

  • Noir. Anti-heroes, crooked cops, good people in bad situations and (more likely) bad people in good situations, self-destructive vices and justified cynicism; the world runs on suffering and it's beyond fixing. Nobody expects a happy ending, everybody has it coming, so you take your shot and if you survive, try to forget what success cost you. It's not about right and wrong so much as right now and the wrong risks.

My stories are spun in this setting, using the archetypes and target play style to inflame the imagination of those who play the game and to provide an entertaining tourist experience for those who don't play but want to visit the world and get to know some of its scoundrels.

Where Does the Money Go?

Self-publishing is relatively cheap, but it isn't free. I pay for ISBN numbers, font licenses, copyright expenses, professional layout, and so on out of my lifestyle funds. Not only does this Patreon counterbalance those expenses, but it also gives me breathing space with my ongoing cost of living, and breathing space is very useful for the creative process.

What is my vision for the future as this Patreon grows? Money erodes barriers between making creative things and releasing them to the public. With more funding, I can loosen those constraints; having funds to get professional layout and basic art for some projects would be great, and if I could escalate to getting a professional editor for my projects that would be excellent. In the meantime I must be mindful of my obligations, and the better I fund them, the easier it is to maneuver between them and the commitment to this ongoing creative project.

In Conclusion

One chapter at a time, I'm building novels. One novel at a time, I'll build a scenic overview for a delightfully shadowed setting. 

Thank you for coming by to take a look. My patrons are incredible, standing by my work and watching these stories unfold. I hope you will join us; there is a lot more yet to tell.

Recent posts by Andrew Shields

Tiers
What I'm Writing
$1 or more per chapter
Thank you for your patronage! You will get to read the chapters as they are finished, instead of waiting for the book to come out. Pretty neat!


ALL PATRONS AT THIS TIER AND HIGHER WHEN A BOOK IS FINISHED WILL HAVE THEIR NAMES IN THE BACK.

What I'm Thinking
$3 or more per chapter
Would you like to see essays about how I think about writing? These backers can get my thoughts on what's important, what stands in the way, and what this process feels like. More personal blogging-style engagement with the author and the material.
Where I'm Going
$5 or more per chapter
This is vulnerable stuff, thinking ahead about what's coming next. Here are thoughts that may not pan out, or may reveal gaps that are genuinely not thought out yet rather than secret plans yet to be revealed. Questions are welcome.
And Beyond
$10 or more per chapter
You really want me to succeed! So let's have a conversation about characters you might like to see, or see more of, or elements of the world that could use a closer look. You are invested in the fictional tourism, and if I can interpret your requests to give you a closer look at something or bring in an element that interests you, I'm happy to do it. 


Your primary benefit will be expressing your support and strengthening my project, that's more tangible and you have my appreciation. As a secondary benefit, you get your thumb on the scale for shifting alignment towards some elements that interest you in the stories; if we get independent stories beyond the serial chapters, you get a big say in how those focus too!