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General Patreon News From Brian James Freeman!

For those who are curious about what I’ve been posting on Patreon, you can see the new “Table of Contents” I created a while back. It has links to most of my Patreon posts, which will give you some idea of what I’m doing over there.

As you might know, I don’t “push” my Patreon because I figure readers who are really interested in that sort of thing will sign up without the hard sell, AND because this whole new way of doing things is still weird and uncomfortable to discuss at times.

We’re a long way from the days when authors didn’t discuss “business” in public, but we’re not that far… So asking readers to directly to contribute to the writing and publishing process like this is still strange to an old dog like me. And I am very, very grateful for the response to my Patreon account, and for the work my supporters have made possible.

All of that said, I did want to mention that a couple of slots on various Rewards Levels have become available in recent months.

If signing up appeals to you and fits into your entertainment budget, I would love to see you there! But I really don’t want anyone stretching themselves thin to support my writing. You all have bills to pay and families to take care of, too, and I totally understand that.

Stay safe out there, and be good to one another.

Best,
Brian

“The Sniper” by Richard Chizmar: New Signed Limited Chapbook From LetterPress Publications Has Shipped!

The newest chapbook from LetterPress Publications is “The Sniper” by Richard Chizmar, and as of yesterday all copies have shipped to Patreon supporters on Level 2 or higher!

Thank you again for all of your support! More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

Patreon Update!

I’ll try to keep this short since I know everyone’s schedule is crazy busy as the year winds down, but I wanted to give some project updates for those of you interested in what I’m doing on Patreon!

The Sniper Chapbook
We’re in the home stretch on The Sniper chapbook! All copies have been signed by Richard Chizmar and me, so now it’s a matter of preparing the custom-printed linen envelopes, putting together the shipping list, and packing all of them up to go out the door.

If you are a supporter on Level 2 or higher, please be sure to update your Patreon Account shipping address ASAP if you’ve moved because that database is where I get the shipping lists for rewards.

Patreon Stories: Volume Two
The printer managed to complete a partial run of the trade paperbacks before they closed for the holidays, and I expect the rest of the paperbacks and the full run of Limited Edition hardcovers in January. The sample copies they sent me turned out great:

Revival Limited Edition
The Revival Limited Edition has officially shipped to all the US retailers!

For my Patreon supporters on the LetterPress Publications Patreon Levels, your copy will be shipping next week if all goes well. My plan had been for your copies to ship FIRST, and that is the plan for all future books, but I thought up something special at the last second and that something special won’t be here until next week.

Here’s what we’re waiting for: your copy of Revival will be shipped to you in the custom printed shipping boxes I’m having made for VIPs (folks in the business, big name authors I send complimentary copies to, etc). Here’s a mock-up of what they will look like:

I hope this makes the book an even more special addition to your collection.

Thank you again for all of your support! More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

The Echo of Memory serial novel: general Patreon update

Here’s a general update on the serial novel, The Echo of Memory, for my Patreon supporters:

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One of the things I’m realizing as I near page 100 of my edit on The Echo of Memory is that I obviously made some attempts to edit the book over the years and stalled out around where I am now.

How can I tell? Well, the overwriting and melodramatic phrasing kicked into high gear around chapter sixteen. Definitely the product of a college age me!

This means a lot more work on each chapter, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end. The stuff I’m cutting won’t be missed by anyone. It isn’t even “texture.” It’s simply too many words! And the parts I’m rewriting are hopefully grounding the story more in reality.

More to come soon! Thank you for your support!

Best,
Brian

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General Patreon Update For August 2019

Hey everyone!

Here is a special update just for my Patreon supporters:

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July really turned into a Murphy’s Law kind of month here in the Freeman household. One kid with a concussion, one car accident (minor), one hospital stay for me (damn kidney stones), one hospital stay for my wife, and finally our cat Smokie passed away this past week. (She was 18 years old, and the vet said last October that she was probably going soon, so she held on a good long time and was a very happy cat to the end.)

Here’s where various projects that you might be waiting on currently stand:

1) All copies of the new chapbook, “So It’s Come to This,” are signed. We need to prepare the envelopes with the cover artwork, number the chapbooks, and print the shipping list. I’m hoping all of that will happen this weekend, so they can be shipped the following weekend.

2) I’ve edited several more chapters of The Echo of Memory, and will get those posted soon.

3) The Limited Edition slipcases and Lettered Edition traycases for The Zombie Who Cried Human are due to arrive in the CD warehouse in August, so those should ship by the end of the month.

4) The manuscript for Patreon Stories: Volume Two is just about ready to go to the designer. I just want to work on my story notes and the introductions to the juvenilia one more time.

There’s probably more, but I just wanted to get a quick update out to everyone since I had been radio silent for a bit. More news to come soon!

Best,
Brian

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Update on first story for Patreon

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The first short story I’ll be posting for Patrons Only on Patreon will be ready to post on August 1st. The notes from my first readers are coming in today and tomorrow, so I’ll be making some tweaks this weekend and then we should be good to go.

The really good news is, other brand new short stories are already in rough draft form. I’ll continue working on them to get them into shape, which might take some time.

I am not a fast writer because writing, for me, is 50% getting SOMETHING on paper and then 50% trying to FIX that SOMETHING through repeated editing and polishing and rewriting. One of the stories I’ll be posting this fall is based on a rough draft written when I was in college… in 2000 or so… But I’m really pleased with how it has finally come together!

More news soon, including the announcement of a surprise “bonus” gift I’ve decided to send to all of you.

Thank you again for your support!

Best,
Brian

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BONUS CONTENT: Assuming You Consider THIS To Be a Bonus and Not Torture!

Yeah, something like this can only be shared down below!

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I am not a poet.

Yet for some reason, I still try to write poetry from time to time. Same with song lyrics, even though I’m in no way a musician. I figure, as long as it all stays on my computer, it’s not hurting anyone, so what’s the harm… right?

But then something like this happens:

A reprint edition of a book needed a few more pages to hit a stupid mandatory minimum page count.

NOT the publisher’s request or demand, they certainly don’t care, but one of the major venues for eBook advertising has a minimum page count requirement to consider something a “real book” — and even with some creative design tweaks we were still four pages short of hitting that number.

What are you gonna do, right?

We have to be able to advertise the book via this outlet, so I added a “Secret Bonus Poetry Section” at the back of the book, which includes the “lost gem” you can read below, which was jotted down in 2009 and has never seen the light of the day because it’s absolutely nuts and makes not one lick of sense.

This sort of thing should NOT be unleashed on the general public. It’s just not fair to readers who took the time to learn to read!

And yet, here I am, about to subject all of you to it. Might I suggest you just close the browser window now and forget all about this post?

You really aren’t missing anything!

Still here…?

Are you sure…?

Okay…

I mean, you’re only hurting yourself here…

If you’re sure…

In that case…

Without further ado, I present…

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“PETA Can Save Your Marriage”

They say
the average house pet
will live longer
than the
average
American marriage;
so clearly the
key to a
long and successful partnership
is to let
PETA
euthanize
your cats and dogs
today
before time runs out!
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If the look on your face matches the look on the dog’s face at the top of this post, congratulations… we’re all making the same face right now. 🙂

Thank you, as always, for all of your support!

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BONUS CONTENT: First Photos of the PATREON STORIES: VOLUME ONE Lettered Edition!

As you might remember, I decided to add a Lettered Edition for Patreon Stories: Volume One, and today I’d like to show you the first photos:

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PLEASE be sure to update your Patreon Account shipping address if you move since that database is where I pull the shipping lists from for rewards.

Thank you, as always, for your continuing support!

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BONUS CONTENT: Top Secret New Anthology Cover Design Preview!

As I mentioned earlier this year, thanks to your support here on Patreon I was finally able to make the time in my schedule to edit a themed horror anthology I’ve wanted to work on for many years now. This project is still officially UNANNOUNCED, so please don’t share this information or the image below anywhere:

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The cover design for Midnight Under the Big Top landed on my desk today, and I thought I’d share it with all of you first. The designer added the ragged effect around the edges to make it look like an old poster you might find left behind after the circus has rolled out of town:

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