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Patreon Is Live!

It’s a day of, “Finally!” mixed with a bunch of “Already?” and an expected amount of “Gulp.”

Patreon is a new and exciting platform for me. It’s a bit like Kickstarter for on-going creative work, and gives me a chance to make the creative process into a community endeavor that invites readers to step into experience.

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The individual rewards for my patrons range from first-eyes access to all self-defense articles to receiving my feedback on your own fight scenes and becoming a character in an upcoming novel. The community milestones range from creating print editions of the novels to my commitment to offer self-defense and/or fight-writing seminars at different conventions.

So if that alone is enough to convince you to investigate, go forth and check out the rest! Maybe if we hit a certain goal by a certain time, we’ll have a whiskey-fueled Twitter party.

If you’d like to know more (about the Patreon, not the whiskey) before committing to that click, read on:

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At a recent convention in Colorado, I sat on three panels: how to write great villains, exploring violence in fantasy literature, and writing engaging fight scenes.

Do we detect a theme here, my darlings?

I’m Blair MacGregor.  The fiction and non-fiction I write goes a long way toward explaining my participation in those panels.  Reviewers describe my fantasy novels as brutal, gritty, character-driven,  and realistic military fantasy.  Even my most well-intentioned characters must choose between what is good and what is necessary… then live with the consequences of their choices.  You can find more information about the novels here.

The non-fiction my readers love most explores self-defense and martial arts—sometimes with applications to storytelling, and sometimes with applications to real life.  To give you the most dynamic information possible, I draw on over fourteen years of martial arts and self-defense training, twelve years of teaching, and more than a little bit of life experience.  The articles challenge perspectives, debunk myths, call out dangerous claims, and provide factual information.  Here’s an example of the articles I write.  Here’s an example of why I write them.

By becoming a patron, you’re supporting the fiction and the non-fiction.  The characters who must decide if their cause is worth the consequences.  The real-life people who deserve to know how best to protect themselves from the bad guys.  The storytelling that benefits from understanding when, why, and how violence is effective, and when, why, and how fighters make their decisions.

So I’ve put together appreciation levels for individual patrons and milestones for the collective community.  Individual appreciations range from “first-eyes” access to all self-defense articles to being “cast” in one of my stories to direct personal feedback on your fight scenes.  Community milestones include fight scene analysis, interviews, and more.  (Someone mentioned videos, so maybe… )

These will evolve and expand and diversify as we get to know each other better, so feel free to make your suggestions!   Above all, my darlings, thank you so much for your interest and investment.  Your feedback is always welcome.

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Read more details here! Thank you to everyone in advance for the support and encouragement.

And just a little reminder that I’ve an infrequent newsletter as well.

#SFWApro

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queenoftheskies
Nov. 20th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
How exciting! I hope your Patreon is a HUGE success.

(I, of course, will support as soon as I get paid.)
blairmacg
Nov. 20th, 2015 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much for the kind words. I'm glad it's finally up, even though my timing pretty well sucks. ;) Ah, well, it's a marathon not a sprint.

For financial planning purposes: Since mine is a monthly campaign, Patreon charges patrons their pledge amount (and mine start at one dollar) on the first of the month ONLY. There are no other charges that come up over the course of the month.

(That's an important distinction for someone like me on a tight budget, since some Patreons are per creation rather than per month, and one can end up thinking the pledge is $1 and be charged $5 instead. :) )
green_knight
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
What Patreon doesn't say is that since the UK is charging VAT for digital goods, they've decided to just charge VAT for any Patreon, whether it's a 'support the artist' or not. And thus, if you're in the EU, for every dollar you pledge, you pay ¢22(? something like that) in VAT.

That came at a surprise the last time I set up a new patreon to support. (Previous ones are charged at the old rate.) And I really should complain, because the creator is in the US, but so far I've just done ... ah, pennies, not worth my spoons.


And congratulations on going live!
blairmacg
Nov. 21st, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the congrats!

I didn't realize Patreon didn't notify EU patrons of the additional charge. I mean, I knew there'd be one for those folks (should I be fortunate enough to *have* those folks among future patrons!), but I guess I assumes Patreon would give them notice at the time of pledging. I'll look into adding a note to my Patreon page so folks aren't surprised.

sartorias
Nov. 20th, 2015 11:15 pm (UTC)
Cheering you on!
blairmacg
Nov. 21st, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! We'll see how it grows. :)
itsamellama
Nov. 21st, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)
Good luck!!! This looks soooo exciting.
blairmacg
Nov. 21st, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm hoping others will be excited, too. :)
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