Hi folks. I’m going to start with the big headline announcement, and then get into the myriad of details and obvious questions. But, basically, both of my existing Patreons, the one for criticism, and the one for Britain a Prophecy, are shutting down, and instead I have a brand new single Patreon that will cover all of my projects at a flat monthly rate. You can find that Patreon at the same url as my old criticism one, https://www.patreon.com/elizabethsandifer. If you backed either of my previous Patreons, you should be able to get a significantly improved set of rewards for roughly the same amount a month that you were paying before. (Note that if you were backing my criticism one, the number will be 5x whatever you were doing per post, because I always did five posts per month.)
It would mean a lot to my short term financial stability if you would go back that Patreon, because doing this means abruptly nuking roughly $4000 a month in income across both projects and if I don’t get the new Patreon up to that level quickly then I’m going to immediately be in serious trouble.
You might fairly ask why I’m doing this, given that fact. The answer is multi-faceted. My longrunning Patreon for this site has always been a per-creation deal. That was because I created it in August 2014 to fund reviews of Peter Capaldi’s first season, and I’ve been locked into that ever since, churning out five posts a month every month for years. That’s been awkward for years, but in the last six months it’s become unmanageable as I transition to doing more fiction work. I really, really need to be on a “bill monthly” style of Patreon for my mental and physical health. Unfortunately, because Patreon is, technologically speaking, a steaming pile of garbage that survives mainly by dint of not having any direct competitors, it turns out to be impossible to convert a per-post Patreon into a monthly one. My only option was to start a new Patreon. So here I am, abruptly starting my Patreon from scratch despite the fact that my ability to eat and pay rent is dependent on it.
So here’s how things work on the new Patreon. The basic entry-level tier is $5 a month. That’s equivalent to the old $1 per post tier, and will get you all of the writing I do that isn’t for another venue. So, like, I’m not going to post those two REDACTED that I have coming out with REDACTED to it because I don’t own those, but any essays or short fiction I write? $5 a month. If I decide to go review every Cure album in another baroque effort to flirt with Lexi? $5 a month. And I’ll be posting at least one new TARDIS Eruditorum essay to the Patreon every month.
The $5 tier also includes all of Britain a Prophecy, which was previously a separate $5 a month pledge. So basically, it’s a two for the price of one deal. Except, better yet, it ALSO includes all of my ebooks. That’s all seven volumes of TARDIS Eruditorum, the first Last War in Albion, Neoreaction a Basilisk, and my out of print A Golden Thread and Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons. Oh, and all the issues of Britain a Prophecy. Wait, though, it’s actually even more crazy, because I’ve also got pre-release versions of LWIA v2 and v3 (well, v3 will be up Monday or so) and all the TARDIS Eruditorum essays on the Whittaker era through Resolution, which aren’t going to be posting on the site until 2024 some time. And that’s future ebooks too. No more Kickstarters where I promise scads of extra material that mean that new books drag out indefinitely. Because with a monthly pledge and the ability not to chase word count, I can afford to decide that I’m going to spend a week editing and so chew through the decade backlog of uncollected material that I have. Wanna see the ridiculous cover I’m using for that Whittaker book? Here you go.
For $10, we add a weekly log of what I’ve been reading, listening to, and watching, along with brief reviews. Think the rewards of the old $2 tier, except that because I’m not spending so much time chasing 10,000 words a month I’ll actually be logging all of it. And you get the scene by scene serialization of Britain a Prophecy that used to be the $10 tier over there. Except, once again we’re adding CRAZY NEW BENEFITS—in this case, a periodic series called Apocrypha Eruditorum where I’ll collect some of my more obscure material in ebook form. Ever wanted an ebook of Build High for Happiness? Or the Nintendo and Super Nintendo Projects? Wishing I’d go write the last essay for An Increasingly Inaccurately Named Trilogy? Well, guess what. All of those are going to happen, and with the same comically lo-fi cover style of that Whittaker book. (Here’s the one for LWIA v2, btw.)
$25 will get the old $5 a post writers notes benefits, including writers’ notes on Britain a Prophecy. And artists’ notes to boot. You’ll also get all my comics scripts.
$50, meanwhile, is an all new tier that gets you physical copies of all my books and of Britain a Prophecy. And if there’s anything in my back catalog you’re missing, every three months I’ll send you one of the ones you’re missing until you’re not missing any more.
And then at $100 comes the tier I call CONTROL MY MIND. Which is to say that everyone at this tier gets to add a movie, first couple episodes of a TV show, album, or (assuming I think it sounds interesting) book to my to-do list, and I’ll give it a review. I’ll take out 1 or 2 things from this tier every month, and cycle through as many people as back it.
Like I said, all of these tiers are much nicer than either of the tiers on my old Patreon. It’s going to be a much better experience for everybody. But the flip side is that my income has just taken what is, at the time of writing this, a 90% hit per month, and I desperately need support. So if you have ever backed my work before, please consider backing it again. And if you’ve never backed my work before, this is absolutely the time that you should start doing it. Here’s the Patreon link again. And I’ll be back on Monday with some Last War in Albion.
PS: All my RTD2 era Doctor Who reviews are going to be Patreon-exclusive.