Spread it! Like Butter!

Hey!

 

So, I wanted to take a quick moment and thank everyone who’s been supportive of the Dragon Slayer and I hate to ask anything, but I’m hoping I can look to you to help spread the message of Sarah Kettar and the sultry shenanigans that fall in her wake.

 

I’ve put together a kind of shareware or ‘demo’ version of the premium Dragon Slayer novella “Four Squared.” I’ve cleaned it up and made all the changes I wanted to in order to get this as clean and polished as I can, so please, if you enjoy this series, have a read and spread the ‘wealth’ around. It’d mean so much to me.

 

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Thank you again, dear readers, I sincerely appreciate your support!

Let’s Make Money Part 3!

Welcome to the shallow end of the pool!

Introduction
So, we’ve been going over preambles, questions to ask yourself (these are important, don’t get me wrong!) and all that happy go lucky bullcrap, let’s put some of this stuff into practice. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to make money writing from day one.

It’s not going to be professional freelance wage, don’t get me wrong, but you’ll make some cash and (perhaps more importantly) start building samples and clips for your eventual portfolio. The images you’re going to see here taken in one day unless otherwise marked, just to illustrate the point that you can make a buck right away.

First, let’s talk about goals.
When you’re writing for money, you’re opening yourself up to the vast and wild world of the Internet marketing scene and all the antics that come with it. The Internet thrives on new content (and kitten images), so it’s no oversimplification to say that your skills (and the income earning potential of them) is virtually limitless.

So, start with a goal. How much do you want to earn a day? A week? A month?

Since we’re starting small (like my self-confidence), we’re going to set the relatively modest goal to build on. Remember, this is day one. There’s no reason on earth we can’t make more than this, but we’re assuming an absolute cold start.

Sites We’ll Be Using:
Fiverr.com
iWriter.com
BlackHatWorld.com
WordPress.com
WarriorForum.com
Paypal.com

Be forewarned: This method is going to suck a bit at the start. The idea is to get our boots on the ground, laces tight and start there. We’re working towards a long term goal here, eye of the tiger and all that.

Grab yourself your favorite drink and let’s do this…

Step 1: Set up the passive stuff
Passive stuff in this case refers to setting up some accounts that’ll allow our potential clients to come to us. It also means that whatever wait time these accounts need, to clear or get set up, will have elapsed by the time we’re ready to use them.

Paypal.com
If you don’t already have a paypal account, get one. Seriously. This isn’t negotiable. On the road to making money writing, Paypal is the defacto standard for getting paid. Love it or hate it, everyone has their own opinions… If you’re in the US, grab yourself an employer identification number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and open up a business account with them. It’s going to take 90 days of having your account in good standing before you’ll be able to get a debit card for the account. You’ll want this so you don’t have to go through this other nonsense…

OPTIONAL:
If you don’t have a bank account, grab yourself a Greendot card (right now, they don’t cost anything to activate, so you can walk in with a 20 dollar bill and walk out with a debit card and, most importantly, a direct deposit bank account number. You’ll be waiting 7 to 10 days before the card arrives in the mail, but that’s not a huge deal. You can deposit your earnings from Paypal into your greendot card via bank transfer. This’ll take 3-4 days, usually.

 

Fiverr.com
You’ll have to do your own research on how to make the most out of Fiverr, but essentially a gig (job) on Fiverr is worth about 3.91 after paypal fees and the 20% (!!) that Fiverr takes out of the transaction. There’s a reason you’ll want to set this up which I’ll get to in a minute. Once you have an account here, open up as many gigs as you’re comfortable doing.

I set gigs for copy writing, articles of various lengths, blog posts, and reviews for amazon ebooks. These gigs will need time to be approved and time to mature (IE: be seen by people). After this, we move on to. . .

BlackHatWorld.com
This is where we’re going to earn our ‘next step’ income. For now, set up your forum account and keep the tab open.

WarriorForum.com
Same with this, but you can close the tab for now.

WordPress.com
Same with this.

iWriter.com
Now… this bastard. We’re going to set up an account with these guys and mix ourselves a gin and tonic as we grab the lube off the ‘naughty shelf’. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not a fan of these guys, but if you want to make money writing right now, this is a way to start right now.

With me so far? Yes, it’s a bit of front loading, but it’ll pay out in the long run.

So this is what we’re going to do…

 

Step 2: Opportunities
Hop over to BlackHatWorld and check out the ‘Hire a Freelancer’ section. Browse through for anything that looks doable to you and post a reply to the thread. These jobs tend to run the gamut from writing short blog posts to articles, code or anything else. Put a replies up with some kind of contact information (setting up a ‘business’ skype ID for this is pretty useful).

ImageFrom here, we wander over to the freebies section and post a freebie thread offering 5 free 300 word articles in exchange for reviews, tips and referrals. Here’s the thread I created and got replies to in about 10 minutes. BHW is /very/ busy, so you’re going to get a lot of replies. The fact that you’re offering free stuff makes it a no brainer. We’re not going to do these right away, this is for reputation building and we can spend a bit of time on it without loosing any traction. The idea of this entire method is efficiency and forward momentum. Give yourself a couple days and do these in your free time, like when you’re waiting for the bus or your drug dealer.

 

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By the end of this, I found a hand full of gigs to do, did them and walked away with about 10 dollars for almost no work on my part which is awesome. I also got some leads for potential future work this way.

30 minutes in and 10 dollars up.

Hello kitty approves.

Update: by the time I finished this article, I’d scored 2 more jobs for a net total of 60 dollars.

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That deserves another cheerleader:

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Step 2.5: Time for Some Soul Crushing Tedium
While we’re waiting for replies to these gigs and things, we’re going to hop on over to iWriter and do up some articles. iWriter pay is notoriously craptacular. Even their premium writers make peanuts for the amount of labor involved, but the idea here is to generate samples and make some income on the side.

You’ll need to make 20 dollars before you can cash out of iWriter, which comes at about 2.42 per article, so while it might not be worth it, it’s a necessary evil. You’re being paid slave wage for quality work, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your best. Some buyers will tip for high quality work and will request articles from you again and again.

I’m not in the habit of doing this and you certainly shouldn’t get into the habit of doing it with your real clients, but once we’ve written a few articles, we’re going to use them to build up our sample page on our WordPress blog which we’ll show to future clients.

The upside of iWriter is that once you hit 20 bucks, you don’t have to wait for payment and you don’t need to feel bad if you get responses to your blackhatworld postings. As an added up side, we’ll automatically have the 20 dollars we need for. . .

 

Step 3: Setting up the Inner Warrior
Good god will this never end, I hear you saying. We’re not done yet!

We’re going to mosey on over to the Warrior Forum and open up a Warrior for Hire thread under the appropriate sub-section (it’s under WSO). This is where we’re going to advertise our services for real money. Price yourself competitively but appropriately to your skill level and goals. When asked for samples, link people to your WordPress blog and try to be active in the community otherwise, with a link to your thread and even your blog in your signature.

 

Step 4: Make Your Blog Work for You
Your blog is also a great place to set up a sales page to offer your services. Think of it like your hub where you can show off samples, sell customers on your service and make the actual sale. Paypal provides the code that allows you to set up all kinds of pricing options. They’ll handle payment processing (via creditcard or paypal) and send you an email when a sale is made. To take advantage of this, you might need a premium blog, but with a little bit of google-fu, you can find ways around that, too.

 

Step 4.5: My Brain is Burning: More Blog Stuff
Now that our blog is set up and we have some kind of sales page… here’s what we’re gonna do with it: we’re gonna cheese the fuck out of it. Why? Because being broke sucks. We’re going to go through our Fiverr gigs which, by now, have been approved but probably don’t have any orders yet. I’ve been having some pretty craptacular luck getting orders, but the impressions (the number of people who’ve actually seen my gigs and read them) has been pretty good. So I decided I’d throw up a link to my writing samples blog. This turns my gigs into little mini-sales pages and helps build up ‘link juice’ with relation to your name.

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From Fiverr

Step 5: ???
So this is pretty much the absolute basics of making money writing. In less than 24 hours you can get your feet under you in the shallow end of the pool. You’ll make some money right away with very little effort (or a whole lot) and start building a portfolio to hook higher paying clients.

 

Step 6: Profit
From here, we’re going to build our clients. The SEO and Internet Marketing crowd are always in need of good quality content, but they don’t always want to pay ‘professional’ rates for it. Strike a balance, get your feet under you and get mobile while you’re looking for those high paying opportunities.

This is also the stage of the game where we’re going to start researching high quality markets that are harder to break into. The reason we’ve gone with IM sites as opposed to more popular ones, like oDesk or Freelancer.com is because those markets are super, super saturated and can take days or longer to get any work.

Plus, if you’re building your skills from scratch, you’re going to want to get started and get feedback quickly. This method ensures you’ll get that feedback, referrals and other such goodness going on. You might not make a mint, but you’ll get yourself established.

 

Conclusion:

Well, I hope something I’ve said in this post has been useful for you! When it comes to making money writing, you really can’t go wrong with some of these (reasonably basic) tactics that’ll get you started on your path to riches. It’s not a complete method because, ultimately there is no one size fits all tactic. I’ve used this method to decent effect and I advocate it because it’s simple and gets you rolling, you can build on it with a little research and patience. Agree? Disagree? Have a better method? By all means, post it in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Let’s Make Money Part 2 – Self Evaluation

I Want to Make Money as a Writer

So here we sit in front of our computers, playing flappy bird between bouts of downloading porn or connecting with friends and family on Facebook. You know, the ones who’re sitting across from us on the couch? Yeah, them.

Then suddenly and without warning, you’re struck by an idea; instead of wasting my time doing this, I could be making money with my massive writing talents! It sure beats trying to roll drunks or stealing from destitute orphans, doesn’t it? It has to!

Doesn’t it?

No, sadly not– but it can!

 

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Before you can pick up, though, you need to ask yourself: ‘Self, how can I make money writing?’ If you reply with something like ‘I bet I can make money writing articles’ then give yourself a clap on the back and go sign yourself into a mental care facility because you shouldn’t be replying to yourself!

Let’s Get Started: Evaluate

Before you decide how it is you’re going to make money writing, you need to take an honest look at your skill set. Fortunately, I’ve prepared a very quick questionnaire:

Mindset:
Do you actually enjoy writing? Is it something you could do (or do do!) without pay?
Are you disciplined enough to work day in and day out with no one looking over your shoulder?
Are you motivated to make money?

Skills:
Can you or are you willing to learn how to do good research and bang out words quickly?
Can you string words together in such a way to inform, motivate to action or sell someone on something?
Is your grammar at least reasonably passable?

 

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If you’re finding a lot of negatives here, don’t worry too much about it, skills come with time but it requires dedicated practice to really hone them to a fine edge. You can’t settle for less, here. It really does pay to have someone in your life with high expectations, but if you’re like me (that is to say, everyone you know far out strips your own abilities) you need to motivate yourself to greatness.

 

Reality: Must Have Skills

Strong Writing Skills
Obviously, in order to make money writing, you’re going to need writing chops. These come with time and experimentation, but writing professionally and asking people for money to write for them isn’t like writing a letter or firing off a text or email.

Ability to Write Quickly
Equally as important, your ability to provide your clients with content and quickly is going to be one of the pillars of your writing business. This is true for everything from fiction to advertising and comes with practice. There are plenty of sites out there to help you improve your word per minute ratio, consider taking some of them on!

Communication Skills
You know someone who hums and haws in person, can’t string together three words without a break and couldn’t write a paragraph without face rolling the keyboard. Someone that, should you try to read something they wrote, would probably be like trying to make out with Chtuhlu– I know this because you’re reading my blog; pucker up!

Oh, and don’t be that person.

 

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Drive
Getting paid to write requires drive and consistency. You need to put words to paper and get projects finished in a timely fashion for your clients or your fans. This is where we come back to enjoying what you do. If you have passion and drive, you’ll go far. Consistency is the key!

Planning
Ho. Ley. Crap. This needs to be said again and again, planning is going to be your first, last and best friend if you’re going to try to write to make money. You plan out your articles, you plan out your stories, you plan out your business strategy and how you’re going to promote your skills to potential clients.

Conclusion:
This is a shorter post than usual, but I’m still not 100% and I’m getting my feet under me again so please bear with me.

In our next article, we’ll take a look at goal setting, polishing up your skills and getting yourself established. Then, after that we’ll get into the real meat and potatoes about finding yourself clients, how to start building your business from day one and how to really get the ball rolling.

I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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Here we go again. . .

So, here I sit broken hearted, tried to–

Wait, wait, no that’s not right.

So, I got out of the hospital recently which only partially explains the lack of posts, updates and emails. . . Let’s get this out of the way and get on with things; for the last several years, I’ve been playing a game called Neverwinter Nights off and on. Now, this game is a role playing game set in the Forgotten Realms world and despite being 10 years old, is actually still fairly popular with CRPG crowds.

Now, the problem with this is that it’s easy to sink hours and days into it if you find a server to play on that has some good role players on it. I fell into one such trap as a convenient escape from the real world. Without sounding like I’m trying to make excuses, it’s not exactly a fun place to live! Thank god for VA benefits. . . I’d be screwed otherwise.

 

So, all told, this is what’s going to go down. . .

 

I’m going to post the second part of this guide tomorrow and we’re going to push forward on the story. So, on that note, I have something I’d like to share with you fine folks, supporters and curious alike.

I present to you. . .

Book 1 of the Dragon Slayer’s Series!

Four Squared

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Ooooh!

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Ahhhh!

Well, sort of. . . See, I’m still getting the editing done, so it’s not quite ready. But I’m ready to start promoting it and would really welcome anyone wanting to to mention it to friends and family.

So what’s up with this version and why should I ask you to give me 5 bucks for it?

Well, this version contains. . . EDITING

Lots of it, actually.

The entire story has been reworked from the ground up to turn this volume into a cohesive self contained story that answers some of the questions not answered in the public version. You’ll also get BONUS CONTENT (this is gonna be a common thing in upcoming books, too!)

The BONUS CONTENT in this book is going to be a write up on the gods of the Dragon Slayer world and how things tie together through the eyes of a curious (and sorely abused) scholar who interacts with priests of these various deities to get a first hand account of things– what a mouthfull.

Oh, and you’ll also get a coupon code for 25% off the second book. Woo for value adds!

Long term Patreon Supporters, will of course be getting all this goodness for absolutely nothing, including print versions!

Stay tuned and I’ll try and get this stuff done next week!

As always, a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s been reading the Dragon Slayers and I really hope you’ll enjoy the book and I can keep making them!

For now, however, I need an amoxicillin and some good old fashioned sleep.

Take care!

Let’s Make Money! Part 1 – Preamble and Tam Ramble

Whether you’re turning tricks on 5th avenue or shoveling sewage out of orphanages, you’re making money. For those of us who don’t have the masochistic streak to go into respectable professions like teaching and medicine or aren’t evil or morally bankrupt enough to go into politics or finance, you’re left with stuff like low key jobs in one of our fine minimum wage establishments with bright colors and fun names like Burger King and McDonalds.

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There are other jobs, of course. Hell, all kinds of jobs exist out there, but I’m being deliberately simple to make a point. Grab your favorite ball gag and paddle, kids, because if you’re uneducated, unlucky or unfortunate enough to live in an impoverished area, your options are paying in the ball pit with pedo-clown or knob jobbing the King. But is that all there is?

Of course not.

Let me be frank for just a second: (Because Tammy is boring?) I grew up in a place where the level of poverty would be comparable to south Saharan Africa. We walked miles to get fresh water every couple of days, we had no employment to speak of and the closest thing we had to entertainment was chucking rocks at one another– and bb gun fights, because why not.

I say that because as you and I sit here, lit by the glow of our fancy display devices and our tears, there are millions of people the world over who’re never going to have this opportunity. Here’s a thought for you, 43% of Americans born into poverty never get out of it. 43%. . .

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Can you even fathom that? I couldn’t, until I started looking at the world around me. Being homeless myself (for the time being, I hope) and having to see how people get by without access to stuff like safe shelter, a bed and a shower (not even going into the much more important things). So it got me thinking, how can I make money? More importantly, how can I teach others how to make money without having unfettered access to a computer or submitting to the, often exploitative and wholly under appreciated, ‘job market’?

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This is actually a lot easier than it may sound. It starts by having something to provide that other people can’t. For me, what I can offer is 6 years experience as an Intel Analysis minion (meaning, I could probably get a job with an alphabet soup agency or something of that sort), I could go independent with that skill set or. . . I could write. Guess which one I chose?

Before we get started, let me lay out my credentials here and set some expectations. (Spoiler: they should be pretty low at this point.) I’ve been a freelance writer on and off for about a year before I got serious about it over the last 8 months. Most of my work was white papers, advertising materials and the odd piece of ghostwriting. After I stopped doing it part time, I took on some Internet Marketing stuff to pull together some quick cash. I’ll be discussing how these things tie in and how I (personally) went about making money from those ventures.

As for fiction, I’ve been writing fiction in various forms (and levels of ability) for around 2 decades. Only recently did I start getting serious about it, so I’m still rough around the edges, but I’m learning. Fiction is my first passion and it probably always will be, I love a good story and am always looking for new ways to relate experiences.

So how did I decide ‘writing for money will be my calling?’

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I started by looking at my passions and my abilities in an honest, no bullshit way, and polished up those skills as quickly as possible. My trade requires very little overhead– a computer, maybe a pen and notebook if I’m feeling fancy. Said computer needs wifi access and a word processor, a USB key or 2 wouldn’t go amiss, either.

So when all is said and done, I wound up with this to start with:

Old laptop (80 bucks)
2 Thumbdrives (32 gb and 4 gb, about 25 bucks)
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (0 bucks)
Libre office (0 bucks)
Entertainment programs, games and stuff (0 bucks!)

A backpack wouldn’t hurt either, but for around a hundred dollars I had everything I needed to make TEH MONEH. In the next installment of this series, I’ll go over a sample plan I wish I’d followed when it came to it and how you can avoid the problems I ran into. In the meantime, let’s wrap this up.

I’m not going to promise you you’ll make it big, but I hope that if you’re willing to put forth the effort, you’ll make some awesome stories and maybe, just maybe, someone out there who needs the help will find something useful in my ramblings. I often joke about things like this, but I firmly believe that all of us need a fresh perspective now and then.

If you want to make money writing, the first and best place to start is in your heart. Ask yourself, is this something you really want to do when the fires of novelty and passion have smoldered down to embers? Are you willing to keep hammering the keyboard when your muse is off getting sloshed and hanging out with that skank, procrastination?

You won’t make a fortune, the starving artist trope is alive and well with writers and every day more of us flood the annals of Amazon and Goodreads with our slop or people’s inboxes with our penis pill adverts. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you. Especially in a global marketplace, your work will find an audience. It’s just going to take perseverance and patience. Oh, and proliferation, you have to proliferate.

Now that my rambling is out of the way, let’s talk about my writing. . .

I’ve updated the Dragon (S)Layer page to reflect some changes in both my approach and some other things with the series, including the announcement of the first novella getting prepped to ship! Holy crap, I’m going to have a book out!

Also, the release schedule for the rest of the series and some other goodness. If you like fantasy erotica, or you’re just curious, be sure to take a peek! I owe thanks to so many people who’ve graciously donated to my Patreon page. It helps me buy food and do laundry, improving my quality of life severely.

So I have to give shout outs to them. These people are fantastic human beings (not because they give me money, either, seriously. <3) and are worthy of your support as well. Below are some links to their content, be sure to send them your love and check out what they have to offer. You might find something you like!

Alonsis
Asmund Bell
Apothecary29
David A.
Orodreth
Drawkward

Links to my Other Stuff:

My Patreon Account

Dragon (S)Layers on Literotica

An old (Non-Erotic) Fantasy Story

See you next week!

Author Dead: Send Halp

You and I want the Same Thing: Better Smut

 

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Despite appearances (and rumours) to the contrary, I’m actually quite alive, but that’s not because I’ve been doing what I need to. I’ve actually been in a huge rut lately because of. . . real life stuff. Stomach stuff, unrelated to that wonderful time of the month.

Anyway, for those who’re not terribly interested in biological functions, I’ve got some news for you! Let’s talk about quality and what it means to me, as an author, an artist and a reader.

Because yes, I really am that narcissistic.

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So, you may have heard of this thing called Patreon, and you may have heard about the hundreds of artists of all types both famous and unheard of (hey, that’s me!) who loiter about the site with their tip cups while producing their chosen craft. Having a solitary patron means the amount of control or ‘influence’ that the patron is expected to be able to influence over the artist is pretty severe, however having no patron means the artist has to work a regular job in order to make ends meet and thus, produces less content.

So how can we fix this? How can you get the crazy smut you want and the artist make enough money to survive (and, dare we hope, thrive) on? Patreon.

The site itself is pretty straight forward, you make a pledge to an artist you like to support their work. It can be as little as a dollar or as much as you like all your monehs. Not that I’d recommend it because you probably have a life with obligations and stuff.

 

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I’m asking for you to consider pledging what you can so I can continue providing you with the stories you’ve come to enjoy (or vise versa, depending on how you look at it) and, most importantly, I can provide more of them because I don’t have to spend my days writing penis pill adverts and blog content for those who try coerce people to fill out surveys to get their hacks to social games.

I’m not holding content hostage, farthest from it, I want to give you more! I want to finish novels on time, I want to explore other worlds and give them to you to make what you will out of them. Hell, I want you to need a towel, a drink of water and a good nap at the end of the day because you were so enamoured with what I wrote that you lost yourself in a world. That’s the goal of any writer and I’m no different.

With patrons, I can write and release more novels, I can provide more content, for free. That means my supporters get free novels, both printed softcovers and e-pubbed ones for your favorite reading device. Holy crap, free is great, right?

It also means that if you have a program, service or something cool you want to support (provided I agree with what you’re doing) I’ll help support that too, giving you some exposure and getting your name out there.

Oh, one last thing. Supporters of my projects can get a story written in any one of my worlds with any of your (or my) characters. There are a couple limits but not many, and you’ll find me very willing to discuss things with you!

You can learn more about what the money goes towards, the amounts you can pledge and more of the other niceties on my Patreon page which is here.

So if you like what I do, you enjoy fantasy erotica and hello kitty faces, please consider supporting my endevours so I can bring you more of what you want; sugar and spice and everything so nice?

 

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You Won’t be my First

Sadly, like the annals of my mind and shrivelled little heart, my Patreon page has been graciously pledged to by some really awesome people and as I promised, I want to give them a huge shout out. Seriously, these guys are awesome. If you enjoy fun discussions, good music and quirky humour, you’ll want to check out Voice of Crom. So please, check them out and give them a listen. You’ll find something you like, I have no doubt– plus, they’re both really awesome people. Seriously, they rock.

 

Click to the Image to Check Them Out (Opens in a new window)

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Another wonderful friend and great writer in his own write (see what I did there?) is Alonsis, one of my long time role playing friends and someone I’ve been very thankful to know has also pledged and as soon as he gets off his butt and does some writing I’ll link it!

But seriously, if you’re a fan of independent writers and want to help support them so they can help you enjoy your alone time with the tablet or paperback, then please consider making a pledge. It would mean a great deal to me and every other writer known to humankind.

Tammy Silverwolf’s Patreon Page of Awesome and Not at All Suck