Dele Lowman Smith

is creating Writing

2

patrons

$5

per month
Thanks for visiting my Patreon! I'm Dele, a Gemini, NPR junkie, blerd, aspiring superhero, wannabe comedian, amateur gourmet throwdown artist, second-generation smartass (on my father's side) and daughter of Wakandan royalty. My favorite exercise is Latin dancing and ROFL. In my spare time, I'm mom to a budding diva, community leader, MFA student and entrepreneur. Please enjoy these illustrative emojis: ♊📻🤓🎤🍳🙅💃🏾🤣👶🏾🎓 

Even though I've been writing forever, my entire adult life has been oriented to advancing my career and, most recently, navigating life as an entrepreneur. And while I can't help but bring my creativity to bear in my professional pursuits, I had mostly viewed it as a side dish to the entree rather than the meal itself. But now I'm all in! I'm inviting you to follow -- and support! -- my journey from aspiring writer to professional writer and published author. You'll get to see the behind-the-scenes of pursuing an MFA, balancing life while answering your calling, the creative process of writing and the technical process of getting published and making a book successful. Discover and learn along with me as I navigate the triumphs and failures, the good, the bad and the torturesome! I promise to be open and authentic throughout, because what's the point otherwise?

So far, I have primarily written nonfiction in the form of journalism and blogging and, once upon a time, poetry. However, my MFA concentration is fiction, and I would categorize my current project as 2/3 literary fiction, 1/3 genre fiction; I will be sharing draft chapters along the way for patrons who subscribe at that level. As my writing career develops, I look forward to publishing the two nonfiction books I've already partially written, writing comedy, speculative fiction and memoir, as well as screenwriting for the big and small screens. Interested in reading some of my writing? Check out these links to some of my blog posts:

As you can imagine, a commitment of this magnitude requires time and money. Initially, your patronage will go towards my travel to my MFA residencies (twice a year in Los Angeles), toward care for my Tater Tot and things like occasional housekeeping so that I have the freedom to travel and more time to write. If my monthly patronage exceeds $1,000, that will allow me to redirect even more of my time to writing and sharing my journey with you! Thank you for reading all of this and for supporting my calling. 😍
Tiers
Guilt Trip
$1 or more per month
"I'm just here so I won't get fined!" 


This is the perfect level for friends and colleagues who want to support me because you know my feelings will be hurt if you don't (which is a perfectly valid motivation BTW). In addition to assuaging your guilt, you will also receive my undying gratitude.

Friend
$1 or more per month
"Ain't got much money, honey." 


Interested in following my work, but don't have a lot of spare cash lying around? Have we got a reward for you! The Friend Level gets you access to my patron-only feed, behind-the-scenes candids of the swinging writer's life and weekly flash fiction or flash poetry. Whoo-hoo!

Fan
$2 or more per month
"Go, girl!" 


Maybe you've followed me on social media and enjoyed one of my many blog posts or rants. Maybe you're one of the countless people who told me "You should be a writer!" and you wanna toss a couple bucks in the tip jar to make sure I follow through. Whatever the reason, 'preciate you! Along with my gratitude, you will receive everything from the Friend Tier + periodic blog posts.

Book Club
$5 or more per month
"Yaaass, queen!"


At this level, you'll receive everything from the preceding tiers + at least one previously unpublished draft chapter per month from a current writing project and related Q & A. It's like being in a book club moderated by the author, and your feedback can help shape the book!

Insider
$10 or more per month
"Imma let you finish, but..." 


Imagine getting to keep your very own copies of da Vinci's notebooks. No, I'm not comparing myself to da Vinci... I just wanted you to think about that. 


At this level, you'll receive everything from the previous tiers + downloadable files of my digital content (you know, in case I become famous...like da Vinci).

Sponsor
$15 or more per month
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille." 


In addition to the previous rewards, you'll get access to a monthly video from me. It could be me talking about my current writing project, answering your questions, talking about my child's latest hijinks or ranting about what's wrong with the world these days. Regardless, get ready to see my pores in HD!

Champion
$25 or more per month
"Me and you, us never part..." 


 You rock SO. HARD. For real, where do you live? Because can I come over and braid your hair or something? (Probably "or something" since I can't braid worth a damn.) 


I'm giving you all the previous rewards + a physical "thank you" card from me at the end of the year and a personalized acknowledgment in my next book! Make sure you tell me exactly the name you want used when I make you famous!

Baller Status
$50 or more per month only 5 left
"Make it rain!" 


You're the real MVP! I'm giving you all previous rewards + a signed chapbook of all of my digital content from the preceding year. This one is limited due to the time and cost of production.

Goals
$5 of $250 per month
Reaching this monthly goal will cover my annual MFA-related travel expenses (two ten-day residencies per year in L.A.). Once I hit this, all Friend-level patrons will receive Fan-level rewards and I'll make a thank you video for the Gemini Writer community!
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Thanks for visiting my Patreon! I'm Dele, a Gemini, NPR junkie, blerd, aspiring superhero, wannabe comedian, amateur gourmet throwdown artist, second-generation smartass (on my father's side) and daughter of Wakandan royalty. My favorite exercise is Latin dancing and ROFL. In my spare time, I'm mom to a budding diva, community leader, MFA student and entrepreneur. Please enjoy these illustrative emojis: ♊📻🤓🎤🍳🙅💃🏾🤣👶🏾🎓 

Even though I've been writing forever, my entire adult life has been oriented to advancing my career and, most recently, navigating life as an entrepreneur. And while I can't help but bring my creativity to bear in my professional pursuits, I had mostly viewed it as a side dish to the entree rather than the meal itself. But now I'm all in! I'm inviting you to follow -- and support! -- my journey from aspiring writer to professional writer and published author. You'll get to see the behind-the-scenes of pursuing an MFA, balancing life while answering your calling, the creative process of writing and the technical process of getting published and making a book successful. Discover and learn along with me as I navigate the triumphs and failures, the good, the bad and the torturesome! I promise to be open and authentic throughout, because what's the point otherwise?

So far, I have primarily written nonfiction in the form of journalism and blogging and, once upon a time, poetry. However, my MFA concentration is fiction, and I would categorize my current project as 2/3 literary fiction, 1/3 genre fiction; I will be sharing draft chapters along the way for patrons who subscribe at that level. As my writing career develops, I look forward to publishing the two nonfiction books I've already partially written, writing comedy, speculative fiction and memoir, as well as screenwriting for the big and small screens. Interested in reading some of my writing? Check out these links to some of my blog posts:

As you can imagine, a commitment of this magnitude requires time and money. Initially, your patronage will go towards my travel to my MFA residencies (twice a year in Los Angeles), toward care for my Tater Tot and things like occasional housekeeping so that I have the freedom to travel and more time to write. If my monthly patronage exceeds $1,000, that will allow me to redirect even more of my time to writing and sharing my journey with you! Thank you for reading all of this and for supporting my calling. 😍

Recent posts by Dele Lowman Smith

Tiers
Guilt Trip
$1 or more per month
"I'm just here so I won't get fined!" 


This is the perfect level for friends and colleagues who want to support me because you know my feelings will be hurt if you don't (which is a perfectly valid motivation BTW). In addition to assuaging your guilt, you will also receive my undying gratitude.

Friend
$1 or more per month
"Ain't got much money, honey." 


Interested in following my work, but don't have a lot of spare cash lying around? Have we got a reward for you! The Friend Level gets you access to my patron-only feed, behind-the-scenes candids of the swinging writer's life and weekly flash fiction or flash poetry. Whoo-hoo!

Fan
$2 or more per month
"Go, girl!" 


Maybe you've followed me on social media and enjoyed one of my many blog posts or rants. Maybe you're one of the countless people who told me "You should be a writer!" and you wanna toss a couple bucks in the tip jar to make sure I follow through. Whatever the reason, 'preciate you! Along with my gratitude, you will receive everything from the Friend Tier + periodic blog posts.

Book Club
$5 or more per month
"Yaaass, queen!"


At this level, you'll receive everything from the preceding tiers + at least one previously unpublished draft chapter per month from a current writing project and related Q & A. It's like being in a book club moderated by the author, and your feedback can help shape the book!

Insider
$10 or more per month
"Imma let you finish, but..." 


Imagine getting to keep your very own copies of da Vinci's notebooks. No, I'm not comparing myself to da Vinci... I just wanted you to think about that. 


At this level, you'll receive everything from the previous tiers + downloadable files of my digital content (you know, in case I become famous...like da Vinci).

Sponsor
$15 or more per month
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille." 


In addition to the previous rewards, you'll get access to a monthly video from me. It could be me talking about my current writing project, answering your questions, talking about my child's latest hijinks or ranting about what's wrong with the world these days. Regardless, get ready to see my pores in HD!

Champion
$25 or more per month
"Me and you, us never part..." 


 You rock SO. HARD. For real, where do you live? Because can I come over and braid your hair or something? (Probably "or something" since I can't braid worth a damn.) 


I'm giving you all the previous rewards + a physical "thank you" card from me at the end of the year and a personalized acknowledgment in my next book! Make sure you tell me exactly the name you want used when I make you famous!

Baller Status
$50 or more per month only 5 left
"Make it rain!" 


You're the real MVP! I'm giving you all previous rewards + a signed chapbook of all of my digital content from the preceding year. This one is limited due to the time and cost of production.