I started a Patreon! I’ll be publishing a short story a month, each set in the world of whatever series I’m currently working on. There’s already a short story up now, too! It takes place during the events of A Traitor in Skyhold, and gives you an opportunity to see Alustin out on a mission on his own.

And by mission, I mean he’s playing cards, because if there’s one thing that James Bond should have taught us all, gambling is an essential part of espionage.

It took me quite a while to decide about starting a Patreon ⏤ I definitely felt a little weird about the whole idea at first. Given that much more successful authors (N.K. Jemisin, notably) have started them, though, I figured swallowing my pride wasn’t too big of a deal. And, even though I’m actually making a decent (lower middle class) income for the first time in my adult life off my books, my student loans are still pretty crippling ⏤ in the range of 50k. Having a little extra to throw at them every month would definitely lower my stress quite a bit. (Not to mention help me escape debt a little faster.)

And, if Patreons aren’t your thing, no worries ⏤ I do plan to eventually compile most of the short stories into book form!

Eventually. It’ll be a while. I need to give you all some incentive to back my Patreon. And I might keep a few short stories as Patreon exclusives, we’ll see.

John Bierce


  1. Evgeni August 17, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I think it will be best if you list the books on Amazon earlier than the launch day – as long as you have a cover /blurb you are set for this. Book 3 should come on the 20th , but it still doesn’t have an Amazon page – that way you can get some pre-order numbers in , people can mark your books for a review and you should get probably get small boost in popularity from the Amazon algorithms / I’m pretty sure pre-orders factor in the initial sales numbers /. Also this gives you a better chance to get into a new releases section that tracks incoming books – if you are popular enough to get on to it you will get a boost in the numbers :-).

    • johnbierce August 17, 2019 at 10:39 am

      I planned on it this time around, but… well, there were interfering circumstances, to say the least.

  2. Cort August 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Happy to help! Have to do my part to make sure that you keep writing/publishing books ;)

    • johnbierce August 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      Much appreciated!

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