Lara Elena Donnelly

Lara Elena Donnelly

is creating Fiction

48

patrons

$205

per month
Hello darling dears. I'm Lara Elena Donnelly, the Nebula- and Lambda-nominated author of the Amberlough Dossier. And some other things. But at present, that's the important one. Or rather, it's the one I can tell you about without having to disappear you in the night. 

Writing books and seeing readers read them is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. Readers are the most wonderful thing that have ever happened to me. Meeting you all in bookstores across the country, and on Twitter and Tumblr, makes my heart sing. But I'll be frank: it don't pay the bills.

I was once that fabled creature, a writer with a full-time job. I hope to become a writer with a full-time job again someday. In the interim, I would certainly like to keep myself fed and housed and keep my lights on.

In exchange for:
  • exclusive peeping rights into my notebooks and sketchbooks
  • access to luscious and lascivious deleted scenes and drabbles
  • virtual dinner dates (complete with recipes!)
  • and bedtime stories read aloud by yours truly

I'm hoping you will help me pay for rent and healthcare. I'm not even using this money for booze! Or snakeskin shoes! You're just keeping the electricity in my laptop and the food in my fridge so I can keep banging out words. You are essentially becoming co-creators, helping me make fiction.


Tiers
Punters
$1 or more per month
Punters pay for the show! Without an audience, why bring up the curtain? 


You'll get exclusive access to sketchbook and notebook pages (spoilers redacted...mostly), which means you'll get to see what's going on inside my brain as I work on upcoming projects. When you're friends, months from now, say "did you know Lara Elena Donnelly has a new amazing thing out?" you'll be able to yawn with great disdain and say, "oh that old thing? We finished with that ages ago."

Stagehands
$3 or more per month
You've seen all the glitz and glam that goes onstage, but you're beyond that. Above it. Behind it. You know how the show gets made!


You, my friends, get the cut scenes, the drabbles, the what-ifs, the odd bits left out. You get to go behind the curtains, above the lights, into the dressing rooms and the costume shop. And then you get to keep the secrets about the stage magic and smile knowingly when other people wonder how it's done. 

Producers
$5 or more per month
You put the set on the stage, the gilt on the gilding, and the rouge on the kickline's knees. And for that, we are truly thankful. 


To show our thanks, you'll get that exclusive sketchbook access, cut scenes, and a monthly bedtime story read by the author--an excerpt of original fiction, a pretty poem, classic literature in the public domain, or a bit or bob of something that happens through Lara's head. And darling, we do do all the voices.  

Apprentices
$8 or more per month
You're not only helping put this show on; you want to be a part of it someday!


You'll get all the rewards above, plus a monthly piece of writing advice: some tips on writing a query letter, or plotting an arc, or building a world. This may be a writing exercise, or a blog about the industry, or a reflection on something I wish I'd known back when.

Headliner
$10 or more per month
The Producers like to think they're insiders but we know the truth and they've barely got a foot in the door. 


At the headliner level, you'll get the sketchbooks and the cut scenes and bedtime stories, but once a month you'll also get a chance to livestream in to my dinner table (recipes included so we can all feel like we're eating from the same big dish) and make charming conversation. Ask questions in the chat, eat some pasta, drink some wine. If I could come through with smell-o-vision for you lovelies, you know I absolutely would. 

Goals
$205 of $500 per month
Originally, this tier was supposed to help me pay for health insurance. Recently, I found out that I'm eligible for medicaid! For however long medicaid still exists in America!

I'll be honest with you, though--even without paying for health insurance, things are pretty tight. I'm in the classic freelancer baited-breath situation where I hope all the things I've cobbled together keep coming in or if they go away that I'll have something to replace them. If I meet this goal a lot of that pressure will dissipate and I'll be able to breathe again! That would be exciting.

At this goal, I will...come up with a really nifty reward tier. Stay tuned.
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Hello darling dears. I'm Lara Elena Donnelly, the Nebula- and Lambda-nominated author of the Amberlough Dossier. And some other things. But at present, that's the important one. Or rather, it's the one I can tell you about without having to disappear you in the night. 

Writing books and seeing readers read them is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. Readers are the most wonderful thing that have ever happened to me. Meeting you all in bookstores across the country, and on Twitter and Tumblr, makes my heart sing. But I'll be frank: it don't pay the bills.

I was once that fabled creature, a writer with a full-time job. I hope to become a writer with a full-time job again someday. In the interim, I would certainly like to keep myself fed and housed and keep my lights on.

In exchange for:
  • exclusive peeping rights into my notebooks and sketchbooks
  • access to luscious and lascivious deleted scenes and drabbles
  • virtual dinner dates (complete with recipes!)
  • and bedtime stories read aloud by yours truly

I'm hoping you will help me pay for rent and healthcare. I'm not even using this money for booze! Or snakeskin shoes! You're just keeping the electricity in my laptop and the food in my fridge so I can keep banging out words. You are essentially becoming co-creators, helping me make fiction.


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Tiers
Punters
$1 or more per month
Punters pay for the show! Without an audience, why bring up the curtain? 


You'll get exclusive access to sketchbook and notebook pages (spoilers redacted...mostly), which means you'll get to see what's going on inside my brain as I work on upcoming projects. When you're friends, months from now, say "did you know Lara Elena Donnelly has a new amazing thing out?" you'll be able to yawn with great disdain and say, "oh that old thing? We finished with that ages ago."

Stagehands
$3 or more per month
You've seen all the glitz and glam that goes onstage, but you're beyond that. Above it. Behind it. You know how the show gets made!


You, my friends, get the cut scenes, the drabbles, the what-ifs, the odd bits left out. You get to go behind the curtains, above the lights, into the dressing rooms and the costume shop. And then you get to keep the secrets about the stage magic and smile knowingly when other people wonder how it's done. 

Producers
$5 or more per month
You put the set on the stage, the gilt on the gilding, and the rouge on the kickline's knees. And for that, we are truly thankful. 


To show our thanks, you'll get that exclusive sketchbook access, cut scenes, and a monthly bedtime story read by the author--an excerpt of original fiction, a pretty poem, classic literature in the public domain, or a bit or bob of something that happens through Lara's head. And darling, we do do all the voices.  

Apprentices
$8 or more per month
You're not only helping put this show on; you want to be a part of it someday!


You'll get all the rewards above, plus a monthly piece of writing advice: some tips on writing a query letter, or plotting an arc, or building a world. This may be a writing exercise, or a blog about the industry, or a reflection on something I wish I'd known back when.

Headliner
$10 or more per month
The Producers like to think they're insiders but we know the truth and they've barely got a foot in the door. 


At the headliner level, you'll get the sketchbooks and the cut scenes and bedtime stories, but once a month you'll also get a chance to livestream in to my dinner table (recipes included so we can all feel like we're eating from the same big dish) and make charming conversation. Ask questions in the chat, eat some pasta, drink some wine. If I could come through with smell-o-vision for you lovelies, you know I absolutely would.