A.T. Steel is creating High Fantasy Fiction
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The primary purpose of this campaign is to fund the creation of a series of High Fantasy Novels called The Bábi Mythology. I conceived this project in the summer of 2009 and my earliest notes date as far back as 2008. For many years, I developed, revised, and expanded the world of the Mythology until it grew into something that I could no longer comprehend without an index. The multiple, converging story lines became so complex and expansive that I lost track of names, places, eye colors, and defining traits. It took on a life of its own, and I want to share that life with the rest of the world.

The principle story follows a young, capricious farm girl named Bábi Freyr who embarks upon an epic, ever evolving journey toward a visceral deliverance for her frustrated adventurous whim.

The Babi Mythology is not typical of its fantasy contemporaries in its emotional and psychological depth. It is an existential rumination on the human soul, the morally ambiguous and symbiotic nature of good and evil and the moral gray area in which we all operate in some extant capacity. Many of the themes highlight the contradictory nature of heroism and the consequences that arise from its undertaking. It is a genre bending series that explores fantasy adventure, drama, romance, mystery, psychological horror, graphic eroticism, and nebulous science fiction.

A secondary mission of this campaign is to ensure the time necessary to cultivate and empower creative expressions. I would like to grow as a writer through consistent content creation and find the financial security to focus on just that. 

There are currently twelve planned  entries in the main series, though this could be reduced due to longer manuscripts (e.g. 1000+ pages). There are also several short stories planned to fill in the gaps between multiple converging story lines.

Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of affording the kind of time necessary to complete this project at a reasonable pace. As such, I will be attempting to release a minimum of 1 chapter a month. With enough patronage, I will be able to accept less days at work, and dedicate more of my time and effort to this project. The ultimate goal is to attain enough patronage to complete the series or become independent enough to pour all of my energy into writing.

Please take a look at the first chapter of The Babi Mythology linked above. If you enjoy it, please pledge anything that you are able. And, take a look at my milestones to see what I plan to do. 

Thank you for taking the time to look over this page. I hope that I can one day repay you with a novel worth your effort.

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What are some of the things that you should expect if you choose to support me?
Please note that you can support this project with any dollar amount that you choose. The following Levels and dollar amounts are suggestions only, with equivalent incentive rewards.

Level 1: $1.00 per month
First of all, you should know that your money is going to good use. I appreciate whatever you are able to to chuck into my digital coffee can. I can guarantee that you'll see a return on your investment as I am able to allocate more and more time to this project.
Chapters will be posted to the Patron-Only feed at or near the beginning of each month, unless there is a delay in writing. Excerpts from each chapter are posted periodically. 
It is important to note that ALL chapters posted to the Patron-Only feed are drafts and that the final product may vary from what you have seen.

Level 2: $3.00 per month
Level 2 Patrons are given early access to all chapters which can range from 24 hours to several weeks in advance, depending upon the writing process. 

Level 3: $10.00 per month

How will the AMA work? 
This is pretty self-explanatory. I will answer as many questions with as much honesty as I can. Whether about the direction of the current novel, artistic choices, or my personal life, I am open to it. Literally anything goes.

Level 4: $15.00 per month
How will the blogs work?
Upon patronage, you will be given access to a private blogging site where I will be posting journal entries and video blogs on a semi regular basis that will only increase as my milestones are reached. These blogs will not always be related to the current novel or the mythology at all, rather my personal life and angst.

Level 5: $25.00 per month
How will I receive my signed book?
All books will be signed on the inside of the cover and sent via post to your home or an address of your choice, whichever you submit when signing up as a patron.

Level 6: $40.00 per month
You're pretty much a vital part of the production of this project at this point. You will be given a very special thanks on the acknowledgements page of any books you contributed patronage to by either your real name or your Patreon handle, whichever you prefer.

Penultimate & Ultimate Levels: $150.00 - $350.00 per month
First off, I do not recommend that you devote this much of your hard earned money to this project unless you can comfortably do so with your monthly disposable income taken into account.

How am I able to implement presumably new and original characters into the books?
The mythology itself is very broadly worked out, as is much of the perennial existence of the universe, but there is a lot of room for expansion. Where some secondary characters with loosely defined roles are vaguely fleshed out, a dedicated patron would come in to refine the pen strokes and, as is the case with the Ultimate Level, add their own personal flair, with reasonable collaborative creative input. Obviously, I cannot afford very much of this kind of tinkering, so the availability has been strictly limited to a total of 15. That's 10 for simple, personal characters, and 5 for personal characters with liberal creative input and a personal story arc.

Cannot or do not want to become a Patron but still want to let me know what you think of my work? You can email me at [email protected].
Let me know what I need to do to earn your patronage! 

Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month
  • My unending gratitude
  • Access to patron-only feed where chapter drafts will be posted at or around the beginning of the month
  • Participation in Patron-only polls
Level 2
$3 or more per month
  • Early access to all chapter drafts in your preferred format when they are produced
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 3
$10 or more per month
  • Monthly intimate AMA
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 4
$15 or more per month
  • Access to my intimate, patron-only blog/journal
  • Cut-outs and revisions in your preferred format from all of the chapters that you've helped to fund. Get a closer look at my writing process.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 5
$25 or more per month
  • A signed copy of every book that you've helped to fund when produced
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 6
$40 or more per month
  • A very special thanks in the Acknowledgements section of every book that you've helped to fund
  • Plus all previous rewards

Penultimate Level
$150 or more per month
I'm shocked that you care enough to even glance at these last two tiers, but, if you are willing to dedicate this much of your hard earned money to this project, then you have my love, among the following.
  • A personal character named after yourself to be featured in an upcoming book. Antagonist or protagonist options. Limited creative input.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Please note that the reward specific to this tier requires at least 2 months of successful patronage!

Ultimate Level
$350 or more per month
  • Personalized character with their own story arc to be featured in an upcoming book. Depending upon creative choices, the character may be recurring in the series. Antagonist or protagonist options. Liberal, collaborative creative input via Skype. NYC Patrons only = collaboration in person.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Please note that the reward specific to this tier requires at least 2 months of successful patronage!

Goals
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An excellent milestone reached. You all have my undying gratitude and my continued dedication to producing immaculate works of high fantasy fiction.
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The primary purpose of this campaign is to fund the creation of a series of High Fantasy Novels called The Bábi Mythology. I conceived this project in the summer of 2009 and my earliest notes date as far back as 2008. For many years, I developed, revised, and expanded the world of the Mythology until it grew into something that I could no longer comprehend without an index. The multiple, converging story lines became so complex and expansive that I lost track of names, places, eye colors, and defining traits. It took on a life of its own, and I want to share that life with the rest of the world.

The principle story follows a young, capricious farm girl named Bábi Freyr who embarks upon an epic, ever evolving journey toward a visceral deliverance for her frustrated adventurous whim.

The Babi Mythology is not typical of its fantasy contemporaries in its emotional and psychological depth. It is an existential rumination on the human soul, the morally ambiguous and symbiotic nature of good and evil and the moral gray area in which we all operate in some extant capacity. Many of the themes highlight the contradictory nature of heroism and the consequences that arise from its undertaking. It is a genre bending series that explores fantasy adventure, drama, romance, mystery, psychological horror, graphic eroticism, and nebulous science fiction.

A secondary mission of this campaign is to ensure the time necessary to cultivate and empower creative expressions. I would like to grow as a writer through consistent content creation and find the financial security to focus on just that. 

There are currently twelve planned  entries in the main series, though this could be reduced due to longer manuscripts (e.g. 1000+ pages). There are also several short stories planned to fill in the gaps between multiple converging story lines.

Unfortunately, I don't have the luxury of affording the kind of time necessary to complete this project at a reasonable pace. As such, I will be attempting to release a minimum of 1 chapter a month. With enough patronage, I will be able to accept less days at work, and dedicate more of my time and effort to this project. The ultimate goal is to attain enough patronage to complete the series or become independent enough to pour all of my energy into writing.

Please take a look at the first chapter of The Babi Mythology linked above. If you enjoy it, please pledge anything that you are able. And, take a look at my milestones to see what I plan to do. 

Thank you for taking the time to look over this page. I hope that I can one day repay you with a novel worth your effort.

________________________________________________________________________________

What are some of the things that you should expect if you choose to support me?
Please note that you can support this project with any dollar amount that you choose. The following Levels and dollar amounts are suggestions only, with equivalent incentive rewards.

Level 1: $1.00 per month
First of all, you should know that your money is going to good use. I appreciate whatever you are able to to chuck into my digital coffee can. I can guarantee that you'll see a return on your investment as I am able to allocate more and more time to this project.
Chapters will be posted to the Patron-Only feed at or near the beginning of each month, unless there is a delay in writing. Excerpts from each chapter are posted periodically. 
It is important to note that ALL chapters posted to the Patron-Only feed are drafts and that the final product may vary from what you have seen.

Level 2: $3.00 per month
Level 2 Patrons are given early access to all chapters which can range from 24 hours to several weeks in advance, depending upon the writing process. 

Level 3: $10.00 per month

How will the AMA work? 
This is pretty self-explanatory. I will answer as many questions with as much honesty as I can. Whether about the direction of the current novel, artistic choices, or my personal life, I am open to it. Literally anything goes.

Level 4: $15.00 per month
How will the blogs work?
Upon patronage, you will be given access to a private blogging site where I will be posting journal entries and video blogs on a semi regular basis that will only increase as my milestones are reached. These blogs will not always be related to the current novel or the mythology at all, rather my personal life and angst.

Level 5: $25.00 per month
How will I receive my signed book?
All books will be signed on the inside of the cover and sent via post to your home or an address of your choice, whichever you submit when signing up as a patron.

Level 6: $40.00 per month
You're pretty much a vital part of the production of this project at this point. You will be given a very special thanks on the acknowledgements page of any books you contributed patronage to by either your real name or your Patreon handle, whichever you prefer.

Penultimate & Ultimate Levels: $150.00 - $350.00 per month
First off, I do not recommend that you devote this much of your hard earned money to this project unless you can comfortably do so with your monthly disposable income taken into account.

How am I able to implement presumably new and original characters into the books?
The mythology itself is very broadly worked out, as is much of the perennial existence of the universe, but there is a lot of room for expansion. Where some secondary characters with loosely defined roles are vaguely fleshed out, a dedicated patron would come in to refine the pen strokes and, as is the case with the Ultimate Level, add their own personal flair, with reasonable collaborative creative input. Obviously, I cannot afford very much of this kind of tinkering, so the availability has been strictly limited to a total of 15. That's 10 for simple, personal characters, and 5 for personal characters with liberal creative input and a personal story arc.

Cannot or do not want to become a Patron but still want to let me know what you think of my work? You can email me at [email protected].
Let me know what I need to do to earn your patronage! 

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Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month
  • My unending gratitude
  • Access to patron-only feed where chapter drafts will be posted at or around the beginning of the month
  • Participation in Patron-only polls
Level 2
$3 or more per month
  • Early access to all chapter drafts in your preferred format when they are produced
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 3
$10 or more per month
  • Monthly intimate AMA
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 4
$15 or more per month
  • Access to my intimate, patron-only blog/journal
  • Cut-outs and revisions in your preferred format from all of the chapters that you've helped to fund. Get a closer look at my writing process.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 5
$25 or more per month
  • A signed copy of every book that you've helped to fund when produced
  • Plus all previous rewards
Level 6
$40 or more per month
  • A very special thanks in the Acknowledgements section of every book that you've helped to fund
  • Plus all previous rewards

Penultimate Level
$150 or more per month
I'm shocked that you care enough to even glance at these last two tiers, but, if you are willing to dedicate this much of your hard earned money to this project, then you have my love, among the following.
  • A personal character named after yourself to be featured in an upcoming book. Antagonist or protagonist options. Limited creative input.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Please note that the reward specific to this tier requires at least 2 months of successful patronage!

Ultimate Level
$350 or more per month
  • Personalized character with their own story arc to be featured in an upcoming book. Depending upon creative choices, the character may be recurring in the series. Antagonist or protagonist options. Liberal, collaborative creative input via Skype. NYC Patrons only = collaboration in person.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Please note that the reward specific to this tier requires at least 2 months of successful patronage!