James Edgar Skye’s Patreon Account

I launched my Patreon account back in April of 2019, but I was not ready to start a site that allows people into my writing, I am now prepared to put myself out there again. It was a great idea, but not many people can or have the money to be a part of my writing process. A few people have joined me, and I am looking for more patrons of my writing, Today is officially a “re-launch” in hopes that I can begin to take mental health advocacy and to take my writing to the next level.

I hope that people will understand what it takes to be a struggling writer and graduate student. Perhaps you will want to become a part of my writing process. I will be more open to sharing my experiences with writing, looking for an agent, and publisher for my major work, The Rise of the Nephilim. I will also be sharing on certain tiers a copy of my book The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir. Other porjects will also be included in certain tiers. Below will be the breakdown of each tier level and what they bring. I hope you will join me on my writing journey no matter the tier that you choose. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

James

Support The Bipolar Writer (Tier One)

In this $2 tier, you help the continued success of The Bipolar Writer blog and the brand. You’re also supporting a struggling Graduate student and writer living with mental illness every day. This tier costs less than a cup of coffee. I have been struggling with mental illness since 2007, and it has affected my ability to hold down a job. Writing is an escaping feeling while also being therapeutic, and now you can be a part of the process of a published author!

  • You get a “First Look” at weekly blog posts for the Bipolar Writer Blog before it goes live! 
  • This tier will help keep my blog writing and help me end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • If I get enough at this tier, it will allow me to hire an “editor and manager of my blog.”

The Bipolar Writer Basic Tier

In this $5 tier, you help support James Edgar Skye and his writing endeavors as a Bipolar Writer Maniac! You’re also helping a struggling Graduate student and writer, who is living with Bipolar One. I have been struggling with mental illness since 2007.

  • You get everything in the “Support for The Bipolar Writer” tier.
  • Plus, a special mention in my monthly newsletter when you sign up and access the newsletter to start every new month!
  • A special “Thank you” message when you sign up for this tier.

The Bipolar Writer Mid Tier

In this $10 tier, you help support James Edgar Skye and his writing endeavors as a Bipolar Writer Maniac! You’re also helping a struggling Graduate student and writer, who is living with Bipolar One since 2007.

  • In this mid-level tier, you get everything from the first two tiers. 
  • An exclusive look at a chapter from “The Bipolar Writer: A  Memoir. 
  • Access to a chapter or any short story that is published!
  • The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir published in March 2020. I will, for this $10 tier and above, I will send you two exclusive chapters!
  • As part of this tier, you can also have a one-hour Zoom session with me asking me questions about writing or mental illness/mental health. 

Bipolar Writer 2nd Mid Tier

In this $15 tier, you help support James Edgar Skye and his writing endeavors as a Bipolar Writer Maniac! This tier comes with everything in the above tiers. You’re also helping a struggling Graduate student, and writer, who is living with Bipolar One since 2007.

  • The $15 tier, is a special tier that also comes with a personal invitation to my exclusive Patreon community on Discord (which is coming soon!)
  • Also, it will come with other great benefits coming soon that will include a sticker with my logo and other great things coming soon!

The Bipolar Writer Top Tier

In this $25 tier, you help support James Edgar Skye and his writing endeavors as a Bipolar Writer Maniac! You’re also helping a struggling Graduate student and writer, who is living with Bipolar One since 2007.

  •  In this top tier, you get everything from the previous tiers.
  • An exclusive look at my upcoming fantasy fiction novel to include character sketches or a look at the first chapter of the novel “The Rise of the Nephilim” or a peek at “Angel on the Ward.”
  • A Signed Copy of The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir (Note: In this tier, you have to be a Patron for three months before I send out the copy. This is to help offset the costs of printing and shipping.)
  • After being in this tier for three month you get an exclusive The Bipolar Writer mug with my logo. (Be sure to have your address on file so that these items get shipped to you.)

The Bipolar Writer Exclusive

  • This is a limited Edition Tier for my Bipolar Writer Maniacs! In this elite $40 tier, you get all the benefits of the previous tiers plus
  • A signed copy of my memoir The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir, and all future publications.
  • Including the publications of any of my short stories.
  • A signed copy of my novella Angel on the Ward. (Coming soon)
  • My Novel Rise of the Nephilim.
  • After being in this tier for three month you get an exclusive The Bipolar Writer mug with my logo and sticker (be sure to have your address on file so that these items get shipped to you.)

Always Keep Fighting

James

You can visit the author site of James Edgar Skye here.

Purchase The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir here.

Become a Patron of James Edgar Skye and be a part of his writing here: Become a Patron!

Sometimes, You Have to Follow Your Heart

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There has been a tug of war in the heart and mind of The Bipolar Writer and James Edgar Skye. What is the best way to launch my Patreon account, and how do I get followers there and interested in my work? How to go about launching my ghostwriting business on my author page? How do I find life balance? When do I make time for my own projects? How best to market my memoir so it reaches more people?

These thoughts have been on my mind as summer ticks into mid-July. All my amazing ideas and thoughts have the best chances of moving forward during these months. I am struggling with time distribution and making time for the most important thing–self-care. As a seasoned vet in the field of mental illness experience, I know once I hit around October, things will slow a bit in my life. I want established practices in place so that I can settle in and focus.

One of the things moving forward, I am committing to my life coach for an intense four-month-long trek into improving energy level and learning more about how I can improve me overall. I am excited to begin this process because, as far as I have come in this mental illness life, there is so much more left to work on for James. I am working with Thought Founder of Grounds for Clarity Kim Johnson, whom I collaborated with in the past with my interview about my suicide attempts and how I moved on. 

Many things happened to me this week that made me realize I need to continue to focus on the beginning of my business. I plan to research all weekend to come up with the right pricing for my services on my website, http://www.jamesedgarslye.me, so that I can begin building my LLC. That means coming up with legitimate ghostwriting packages in the creative nonfiction memoir niche, which will be my business moving forward. If you have a memoir idea that you need help writing, I have five years of experience taking a book from concept to publication both in self-publishing and traditional publishing.

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Somewhere within the stresses of my day, I lost pieces of me. The peace that comes when my life goals and mental health goals aligning began to get out of whack, and I let the pressures of obligation take over instead of focusing on what is present in the moment. It happens because we are all human at the end of the day.

As for WordPress, you will see some new things here. I have finally put together my little mini-studio, and so look forward to more video blogging alongside my regular written blogs. I am excited about adding this element to my blog. I am working on other improvements in the coming weeks. I am also going to be setting up interviews for my major two-year-long project, “The Many Human Faces and Voices of Mental Illness” (a working title).

I am always hopeful for the future because I can always make adjustments. Commit to working on me and moving forward with my writing. I am at my happiest when I am doing what I love. Creating through writing. If your life me follow your heart. You will question yourself and even have doubts, but your resolve is something that people can’t take away. Stay strong in the fight for better mental health.

Always Keep Fighting

James

You can visit the author site of James Edgar Skye here.

Purchase The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir here.

Become a Patron of James Edgar Skye and be a part of his writing here: Become a Patron!

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