Wanna help support your favorite writer? Or maybe me, instead? Here are some ways to do it:
There was a time, not very long ago, when I was looking for ways to increase my income through direct support from my readers and fans. At present and for the foreseeable future, though, my financial situation is secure enough that I no longer feel justified in looking for donations.
I'm therefore no longer offering some of the options I had before, but if you really want to give me money, I'm happy to accept it. I'm also happy to provide some free information about what's up with my work. Here are some options:
So what's involved in each option?
The Misenchanted Newsletter:
If you subscribe to the newsletter, then you'll get an e-mail from me roughly once a month, providing the latest news on what I'm writing and on any new or upcoming publications. Nothing fancy at all. That's it. No commitments, no payments, cancel any time.
There are actually three different versions of the newsletter: Succinct, Chatty, and Ethshar Only; if you sign up here it's for the basic version, Succinct, but you can e-mail me at any time to change.
Chatty subscribers get the Succinct version, but may also get longer, less focused ones sometimes, with personal news and comment as well as the stuff about my work; so far there have only been two or three Chatty newsletters ever sent, in a period of several years.
Ethshar Only means you get the Succinct newsletter, but only when there's news about the Ethshar series; if there's no Ethshar news, you don't get anything that month.
Patreon is an option for making monthly donations. It's convenient and lets you aggregate support for multiple creators, rather than maintaining several accounts. Rather than me explaining Patreon here, just follow the link and get the official story.
Want to give me a couple of bucks, but keep it really simple? Here you go. Ko-fi is a no-frills opportunity to provide low-level support for creators, the online equivalent of saying thanks by buying someone a cup of coffee. Except I don't actually drink coffee, so we'll fudge it a little.
Why Does This Page Exist?:
I've been a full-time writer since 1979. For about thirty years I earned a decent living at it. Of late, though, the publishing business has changed radically, and it's gotten much harder to make money; the average writer's income has dropped significantly.
I may not be an average writer, I'm not a good judge of that, but my income dropped, too, so in 2017 I actively looked for ways to bring in a little more.
Recently, though, I realized that I don't need that extra anymore. I've found other income streams. So I'm no longer actively seeking direct financial support, but if you want to give me money... well, I didn't shut down the Patreon or Ko-Fi accounts. (I did shut down at least one other option.)
There's also lots of stuff on my webpage -- pages for every published story, articles, advice, travel reports, etc. You can start here. I also have a couple of public blogs, "The Mind Control Lasers Lied to Me" and "The Serial Box," though I don't post much of anything, and I'm on various social media, such as Facebook.
-- Lawrence Watt Evans
That's it; here's your list of handy exits:
The Misenchanted Page
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