Laura Lam is creating novels, novellas, writing workshops & more
33
patrons
$124
per month
WHO AM I?

Hello! I'm Laura Lam, an author of science fiction, fantasy, and romance, as well as a lecturer on the Creative Writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University. More about me can be found here: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/about/

WHAT HAVE I WRITTEN?

I have five books out so far through traditional publishers. You might know me for Pantomime, a YA fantasy set in a circus with an intersex protagonist, or False Hearts, a near future thriller starring formerly conjoined twins, cults, and brain hacking. Find out more here: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/books/.

WHY PATREON? 

This Patreon helps me, you, and others:

1. Helps me with upfront costs for self-publishing F/F romance novellas 

2. Provides you with exclusive content - craft posts, a breakdown of my self-publishing journey (including sales, the result of any ad spend or other marketing campaigns, etc), a monthly Q&A, tips on balancing mental health and writing, productivity hacks, more details on my works in progress. You basically get a lot of behind the scenes of my life as a writer.

3. Provides me with time to give back to the community via writing workshop sessions for marginalised & underserved groups within Edinburgh (LGBTQIA centres, schools, senior centres, women's groups, etc). You in return would receive notes on the craft elements I taught to the students, or potential recordings (with all attendees' consent). 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:

With your help, I'd be able to do 1 workshop session at $300 a month, 2 workshop sessions at $600 a month, and longer sessions or additional sessions if we reach $1000 a month. 

I wouldn't charge an entry fees for these workshops, and I'll be very clear to attendees every time these sessions are made possible by you

THE PLAN:

Writing release-wise, here is a current schedule of my side projects. They will initially be serialised on Radish, which is a serialisation app for fiction, like Wattpad but with video game micropayments. Learn more here. A sampler of the first three chapters of each novella will go live on Patreon in conjunction with Radish. I will gift you coins to read for free on the platform from Chapter 4 onward. 28 days after the story is finished on Radish, I will publish on other platforms (Amazon, Nook, iTunes, etc). You will receive both the coins (if you choose to read via that method), and a completed novella in epub, mobi, or PDF for your e-reader/laptop/tablet. 

If you would like to sign up for the mailing list about these releases (or share with someone who might be interested in those but not the Patreon), you can do so here

August to October (Radish - updated 3x a week) & will be published on other platforms in November: A second-chance romance about writing critique partners who have a massive falling out and a few years later are at the same sci fi convention. Will also include a prequel short story. [complete] 

October to December (Radish - updated 3x a week) and will be published on other platforms in January: The second romance novella, about a sci fi editor who deliberately keeps her fling with a girl she met on a web app casual, but then she ends up being the new marketing employee at her publishing imprint. Can they keep it professional? (spoiler: no) [complete]

December to February (Radish - updated 3x per week) and will be published on other platforms in March: The third romance novella, about a fantasy author who has agoraphobia/social anxiety and hires an assistant to help her finish her novel. Will they keep it professional? (spoiler: also no) [in-progress; first draft nearly complete]

February to April (Radish - updated 3x per week) and will be published on other platforms in May: The fourth romance novella (might be a short novel) (F/F), about an artist who agrees to fake date her gay male best friend before partnering up with a girl to make a graphic novel and realising oops, she's definitely not straight as she thought she was. [outlining stage]

Plans after this point will be shared in the future. 

Meanwhile, I'll also be working on my traditionally published (or hopefully published) projects: the follow up to Seven Devils and another few books. I'll share more details about these to my patrons. What are my current projects about? What's working so far? What am I struggling with, and how am I troubleshooting various challenges? I'll discuss all without getting spoiler-y. 

THANK YOU:

Thanks so much for reading and considering supporting me and my work. Are there other rewards you would be interested in seeing from me? If so, let me know!

L xx
Tiers
Circus Barker
$1 or more per month
At this level you'll receive access to the shorter posts of my Patreon content (perhaps 2 a month), but not as many as at the next tier up. I'll be super appreciative for this monthly tip to help goals of financing the romance and working towards conducting workshops.
Ring Door
$3 or more per month
Access to Patreon-exclusive content. Around one blog post a week. 
Big Top
$5 or more per month
Everything in the Ring Door Level PLUS free copies of my romance novellas (one every 2-3 months) both via Radish and as a collected ebook once serialised. 
Grandstand
$10 or more per month
Everything in the Big Top level PLUS bigger writing snippets from various projects. I'll share fairly clean drafts. You'd be more welcome to beta read and give constructive criticism if that's your jam, and I'd be super appreciative! 
The Hippodrome
$25 or more per month only 100 left
Everything in the Grandstand level PLUS signed, personalised hard copies I publish during your patronage--traditionally published works, novella omnibuses, anthologies I'm in, plus some swag (bookmarks, moo cards, etc). 


As a thanks, I'll send you a signed copy of any of the 5 books I already have out within the first two months you sign up for this. 

I’ll  be  self-publishing the  physical  copies  of  the  romance  novellas  as  collections  that  have  3  novellas each. You'll likely receive three releases per year at this tier. 

Ringmaster
$50 or more per month only 10 left
Everything in the Hippodrome level PLUS a personalised postcard from me on your birthday.

At this level, you can also receive up to 1000 words of prose or brainstorming critiqued by me a month. If you want to chop up longer works into 1000 word snippets per month to receive feedback, that's perfectly fine. You can also use it for outlining, query letters, re-submit new drafts, etc. 


(For longer pieces of editorial work or mentoring, please contact me via the contact form on my website to discuss rates)


Goals
$124 of $300 per month
I can conduct one volunteering session a month in and around Edinburgh thanks to you. You are awesome. I will reach out to LGBTQIA centres, secondary schools, community centres, womens' centres, care homes, etc. 
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WHO AM I?

Hello! I'm Laura Lam, an author of science fiction, fantasy, and romance, as well as a lecturer on the Creative Writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University. More about me can be found here: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/about/

WHAT HAVE I WRITTEN?

I have five books out so far through traditional publishers. You might know me for Pantomime, a YA fantasy set in a circus with an intersex protagonist, or False Hearts, a near future thriller starring formerly conjoined twins, cults, and brain hacking. Find out more here: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/books/.

WHY PATREON? 

This Patreon helps me, you, and others:

1. Helps me with upfront costs for self-publishing F/F romance novellas 

2. Provides you with exclusive content - craft posts, a breakdown of my self-publishing journey (including sales, the result of any ad spend or other marketing campaigns, etc), a monthly Q&A, tips on balancing mental health and writing, productivity hacks, more details on my works in progress. You basically get a lot of behind the scenes of my life as a writer.

3. Provides me with time to give back to the community via writing workshop sessions for marginalised & underserved groups within Edinburgh (LGBTQIA centres, schools, senior centres, women's groups, etc). You in return would receive notes on the craft elements I taught to the students, or potential recordings (with all attendees' consent). 

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE:

With your help, I'd be able to do 1 workshop session at $300 a month, 2 workshop sessions at $600 a month, and longer sessions or additional sessions if we reach $1000 a month. 

I wouldn't charge an entry fees for these workshops, and I'll be very clear to attendees every time these sessions are made possible by you

THE PLAN:

Writing release-wise, here is a current schedule of my side projects. They will initially be serialised on Radish, which is a serialisation app for fiction, like Wattpad but with video game micropayments. Learn more here. A sampler of the first three chapters of each novella will go live on Patreon in conjunction with Radish. I will gift you coins to read for free on the platform from Chapter 4 onward. 28 days after the story is finished on Radish, I will publish on other platforms (Amazon, Nook, iTunes, etc). You will receive both the coins (if you choose to read via that method), and a completed novella in epub, mobi, or PDF for your e-reader/laptop/tablet. 

If you would like to sign up for the mailing list about these releases (or share with someone who might be interested in those but not the Patreon), you can do so here

August to October (Radish - updated 3x a week) & will be published on other platforms in November: A second-chance romance about writing critique partners who have a massive falling out and a few years later are at the same sci fi convention. Will also include a prequel short story. [complete] 

October to December (Radish - updated 3x a week) and will be published on other platforms in January: The second romance novella, about a sci fi editor who deliberately keeps her fling with a girl she met on a web app casual, but then she ends up being the new marketing employee at her publishing imprint. Can they keep it professional? (spoiler: no) [complete]

December to February (Radish - updated 3x per week) and will be published on other platforms in March: The third romance novella, about a fantasy author who has agoraphobia/social anxiety and hires an assistant to help her finish her novel. Will they keep it professional? (spoiler: also no) [in-progress; first draft nearly complete]

February to April (Radish - updated 3x per week) and will be published on other platforms in May: The fourth romance novella (might be a short novel) (F/F), about an artist who agrees to fake date her gay male best friend before partnering up with a girl to make a graphic novel and realising oops, she's definitely not straight as she thought she was. [outlining stage]

Plans after this point will be shared in the future. 

Meanwhile, I'll also be working on my traditionally published (or hopefully published) projects: the follow up to Seven Devils and another few books. I'll share more details about these to my patrons. What are my current projects about? What's working so far? What am I struggling with, and how am I troubleshooting various challenges? I'll discuss all without getting spoiler-y. 

THANK YOU:

Thanks so much for reading and considering supporting me and my work. Are there other rewards you would be interested in seeing from me? If so, let me know!

L xx

Recent posts by Laura Lam

Tiers
Circus Barker
$1 or more per month
At this level you'll receive access to the shorter posts of my Patreon content (perhaps 2 a month), but not as many as at the next tier up. I'll be super appreciative for this monthly tip to help goals of financing the romance and working towards conducting workshops.
Ring Door
$3 or more per month
Access to Patreon-exclusive content. Around one blog post a week. 
Big Top
$5 or more per month
Everything in the Ring Door Level PLUS free copies of my romance novellas (one every 2-3 months) both via Radish and as a collected ebook once serialised. 
Grandstand
$10 or more per month
Everything in the Big Top level PLUS bigger writing snippets from various projects. I'll share fairly clean drafts. You'd be more welcome to beta read and give constructive criticism if that's your jam, and I'd be super appreciative! 
The Hippodrome
$25 or more per month only 100 left
Everything in the Grandstand level PLUS signed, personalised hard copies I publish during your patronage--traditionally published works, novella omnibuses, anthologies I'm in, plus some swag (bookmarks, moo cards, etc). 


As a thanks, I'll send you a signed copy of any of the 5 books I already have out within the first two months you sign up for this. 

I’ll  be  self-publishing the  physical  copies  of  the  romance  novellas  as  collections  that  have  3  novellas each. You'll likely receive three releases per year at this tier. 

Ringmaster
$50 or more per month only 10 left
Everything in the Hippodrome level PLUS a personalised postcard from me on your birthday.

At this level, you can also receive up to 1000 words of prose or brainstorming critiqued by me a month. If you want to chop up longer works into 1000 word snippets per month to receive feedback, that's perfectly fine. You can also use it for outlining, query letters, re-submit new drafts, etc. 


(For longer pieces of editorial work or mentoring, please contact me via the contact form on my website to discuss rates)