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Things to Come #3 – a new benefit for the 10$ Lounge

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As I mentioned, starting with October and my third year on Patreon, I will be offering new perks and benefits to my patrons, both as a way for thanking them for being there, and to try and lure more innocent souls inside my lair. So here’s another peek at how it will be… in the future!

I’ve added the podcasts and the Open Outline to the 5 Bucks Brigade level, now it’s time to offer something new and special to the guys in the 10 Bucks Lounge, the brave souls that bet 10 dollars a month on my work.
Time to give something back to them.

The deal: once very three months, or once per season if you prefer, my 10$ Lounge supporters will be able to send me a short story (10.000 words maximum) or a gaming scenario of theirs, and I will hand it back with a full review.
This won’t be an edit, but rather a review and commentary. In other words I won’t tell them “cut this word/replace it with this other word”, but rather say “Have you tried reading this out loud?”
I will also refrain from Gordon Ramsay-style comments like “this story is so bad it reads like a Zak Snyder movie” or other offensive stuff.
I’ll try and give constructive input. It’s likely I’ll ask a lot of questions, rather than provide answers. I will stress the positive, but I will also point out what TO ME doesn’t work, explaining why.

You could consider this a sort of personalized Beta Reading.

And about the once-in-three months thing, it’s because I hope this benefit will be very popular, and I want to be able to give the right amount of attention to each manuscript, and I’m being over-cautious.
So yes in the beginning people might be allowed to send more than one story each trimester – but that depends on how many people will take advantage of this benefit.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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