See Exclusive Drafts of Short Stories on my Patreon

Crushes by Eric Shay Howard - Short Stories

So, I don’t know why I haven’t done this yet, but I’ve finally got Patreon set up and ready. I’m going to post 1 exclusive short story draft every week. Oh, yeah. That’s because I’m writing more now that I’m finished with the MBA. They’re just drafts, so don’t expect Ernest Hemingway level stuff or anything, but I think this is good for me because it’ll keep me writing and focused on being creative. Plus, I’ll have more stories to post on my blog, too. Oh, and you’ll all get to read a new story from me every week. It’s like, you know, going to be fun.

I am actually working on my second fiction collection. I have been for a bit, I just haven’t had time to really focus on anything for too long of a time with grad school going on. Now that I’m finished, I don’t have much of an excuse to not be getting back to writing.

What My Patrons Get

So, I’m starting the first tier at $3 I guess. It’s actually kind of for a lot of stuff though. I mean, if you’re into my style of writing, anyway.

Every weekend I’m going to post a draft of a story I’m working on. It may be a completely new draft, or it may be a rewrite of an old draft, or even something experimental that combines a few things that I’ve been working on. That’s my writing process. I write and rewrite and write again until I’ve got something I really like.

Patrons will also get early access to some of the short stories that I write to post on my blog. This will also happen every week. These stories will be more polished than the drafts mentioned earlier. They’ll also be on the shorter side. (See my Free Stories page for an idea of what they’ll be like.) I’ll post them on my blog a week after I post them to my Patreon page.

Finally, patrons will also get some occasional exclusive stories from my second fiction collection. This will be less frequent, because I save my really really good stuff for my collections. I have a problem with not being able to share something that’s really really really good for that long, though. I don’t have a schedule for how often this will happen though, because I’m complicated.

It’s Supposed To Be Fun

I’m sure I’ll add new tiers on my Patreon page if this works out at all. I want it to be fun, about the process, open for feedback. Patrons can totally comment on the stories and say what they liked and what they didn’t. Or just post crying-laughing-face or toilet emojis. I come from a world of rigorous workshops in academic settings, so you won’t hurt my feelings, promise.

That goes without saying that you can also always comment on my blog and be as honest as you want here, too.

The trick is going to be to see if I can write enough to make sure I keep at least a few things to submit to journals and to have enough exclusive stories in my next book! I think I can.

By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He's the author of the fiction collection, Crushes, and is a literary editor. He also works at a law firm and is writing his second book. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University.

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