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TRUMP IN HELL – Be A Supporter

“A darkly comic tale of epic cosmic justice” is how I have described TRUMP IN HELL. As said elsewhere, the book is an experiment in both the serialized novel form, and in self-crowdfunding. It is a chance for YOU to help the author, move the book forward at a faster pace and even shape the story.

In short, if you like what you've seen so far, you want to see it happen faster—and you'd like to throw your two cents in—then you can make a big difference! How? Become a supporter!

Your financial assistance (in whatever exact form it takes) allows me to free up more time, do less in the way of side-hustles and freelance gigs, and focus on what I should be doing—writing! You will also earn tons of good karma, a Gold Star for your heavenly crown (ahem), and my eternal gratitude. Or at least some years worth, whichever comes first.

But you'll also be functioning as a “patron of the arts” and “angel investor” of a sorts. If the book becomes as big as I think and hope it can be, you'll be able to say—and rightfully so—”I helped make TRUMP IN HELL possible!”

And if overheard at a bar, you'll get a big slap on the back. Or, er, maybe a slap upside the head. Hmmmm. Perhaps you'd best refrain (for now) from announcing to the world your philanthropy. But one day you'll be universally heralded as a visionary and hero! 😀

There will be additional benefits for early supporters as we go along, but I can't say exactly what they will be yet. I have some pretty cool ideas, though. :-p

Contributing Memberships

You can easily make a “one off” show of your support by picking a Membership Level level below, and then scrolling to the bottom of this box where you'll find the payment button.

  • LESSOR POWER LEVEL ($6) aka STARBUCKS*, ANYONE?
    Give the me the hard stuff!
    As mentioned above, you get entre to the private TRUMP IN HELL Facebook Group, as well as the PDF and ePUB versions of the final novel.
  • GREATER POWER LEVEL ($11) aka BARTENDER; A WHISKY SOUR PLEASE!
    Give me the really hard stuff! Lip smacking good (when made right) and a necessary palliative.
    You get the TRUMP IN HELL Audiobook in addition to the above.
  • VIRTUE LEVEL ($33)
    You get the Deluxe Edition of the TRUMP IN HELL ebook (PDF and ePub), which includes extra content, artwork and more, as well as the above.
  • DOMINION LEVEL ($66)
    Show the world! You get the truly awesome, exclusive, members only TRUMP IN HELL tee, on top of everything above. It's a comfy cotton blend unisex shirt, in sizes Small thru 5X. Impress the rubes!
  • THRONE LEVEL ($99)
    Drown your sorrows—or at least, enjoy your coffee as you contemplate your sins. You'll get a beautiful, high-quality, members only TRUMP IN HELL mug to go with all the cool swag above.
  • CHERUB LEVEL ($333) aka HALF WAY TO HELL!
    At this level you score all of the above PLUS a signed copy of the 1st edition TRUMP IN HELL print version.
  • SERAPH LEVEL ($666) aka THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!
    Double-plus good! You get one of the highly sought after and coveted members only TRUMP IN HELL baseball caps AND a personally dedicated 1st edition TRUMP IN HELL print version.
  • ARCHANGEL LEVEL ($999)
    Ages ago, in my misspent youth, a favorite punk band was 999—“The band which turned Hell upside down!” Their big hit was “Homicide.” Remember it? Ha! Little did I know then that I'd be writing an underworld saga about anarchy, insanity, madness and more, but I'm pretty sure the 999 boys would approve.

    So, in addition to all of the cool sh*t from the levels above, you get the Big Enchilada. What ho? That's right, you get naming rights to a person, place or thing in TRUMP IN HELL! Amazing, huh? YOU get to tell ME what somebody or something is going to be called! Within reasonable limits, of course.**

All payments are processed through PayPal. You don't have to be a PayPal member to support this site. You can pay with any major Debit or Credit Card. Billing party will show as “Web Marketing Service”. That's OK. It's me.

Pick Your Membership Level

*I really don't care for Starbucks all that much. But most folks outside of Hell-A have never heard of Coffee Bean.

**Obviously, I'm not going to let you rename the main character (SMITH IN HELL doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?) or have everyone start referring to Dys as Daisies and Kittens City, but this still leaves plenty of room for your input and creativity.

Sustaining Memberships

Any and all support for this project is greatly appreciated, but the most meaningful in a material sense is an ongoing commitment. It's one thing to pay the bills today; it's another knowing they're paid (even if only in part) tomorrow! Peace of mind goes a long way towards improving the speed and quality of the writing.

If you want to go this route (and Gawd bless you if you do), then pick a Level. After that, scroll down to the bottom of this box where you'll find the payment button.

  • POWER LEVEL ($1/MO) aka BETTER THAN A POKE IN THE EYE WITH A SHARP STICK!
    As mentioned above, you get entre to the private TRUMP IN HELL Facebook Group, as well as the PDF and ePUB versions of the final novel.
  • VIRTUE LEVEL ($3/MO.)
    You get the TRUMP IN HELL Audiobook in addition to the above.
  • DOMINION LEVEL ($6/MO.)
    You get the Deluxe Edition of the TRUMP IN HELL ebook (PDF and ePub), which includes extra content, artwork and more, as well as the above.
  • THRONE LEVEL ($11/MO.)
    Impress your fiends… er, friends! You get the truly awesome, exclusive, members only TRUMP IN HELL tee, on top of everything above. It's a comfy cotton blend unisex shirt, in sizes Small thru 5X.
  • CHERUB LEVEL ($33/MO.)
    Sip it! You'll get a beautiful, high-quality, members only TRUMP IN HELL mug to go with all the badass gear above.
  • SERAPH LEVEL ($66/MO.)
    You'll get your name (or pseudonym) on the Sustaining Member page of this site, at Seraph Level.

All payments are processed through PayPal. You don't have to be a PayPal member to support this site. You can pay with any major Debit or Credit Card. Billing party will show as “Web Marketing Service”. That's OK. It's me.

NOTE: Again, just to be absolutely clear, each Level higher gets all the benefits of preceding levels. In other words, if you're in at $10/mo, you get everything from the $1, $3, $5 and $10 levels.

Sustaining Membership Details

So here's how Sustaining Membership works…

In order to “get your name in lights,” you have to maintain a Sustaining Membership for at least six months. I think we can all agree that the folks who really commit to help this effort deserve their accolades. At the same time, it would unfair to them if somebody could pay $1 one time and then got the same fame and acclaim. Right? So, no cheating the system!

That being said, the six month thing is for infernal… er, internal… purposes only. If for some reason you can't keep contributing, you can cancel the monthly payment inside PayPal. And because I'm such a magnanimous fellow (ahem), you can even pick it back up later if you want, and your prior contributions will count towards your full six months. 🙂

Member Level Comparison Charts

Confused by what's above? Which? What? How? 😮 No worries. I was too, and I created the damn thing! So, to make things clearer in my own head, I created this handy-dandy little chart. It helped a lot, and I suspect it will help you too.

TRUMP IN HELL - Member Level Benefits Comparison Chart, showing what supporters get at each Level.

Pick Your Poison… er, Passion!

In keeping with the angel investor theme here, the Membership levels correspond to the hierarchy of angels as defined in ancient texts. Your divine contribution (ahem) will allow me to keep working on TRUMP IN HELL while knowing that the light bill is going to get paid.

Sustaining Memberships do just that—sustain me and this work—and help create a certain level of income stability. Contributing Memberships are more akin to “one-offs,” for those who don't want to or can't commit to ongoing support.

There is no law preventing additional iterations of support, and you can participate in both kinds of support, too, if you like (I like!). Your name (or alias) will go on the Member Board of the appropriate category—or both, if you choose to swing both ways (so to speak).

Each Level gets all the benefits of preceding levels.

All supporters receive IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the private TRUMP IN HELL Facebook Group where you can interact directly with me, offer feedback, and help shape the story going forward.

Thanks very much to all concerned! Enuf said.

Success Leaves Clues – aka 50 Shades of Trump

Writing an epic is a major undertaking (duh), and hard to do when someone has as many demands on his time as I do. I'm hoping, by building a fan base, to be able to A) subsidize the cost of writing the book (allowing me to write more and do less of other work), and B) build enough interest and excitement that when the finished book officially launches to the world, it thrives on sites like Amazon, rather than sinking into obscurity.

In this regard, I'm sorta following the 50 SHADES OF GREY model, without the fan fiction genesis. In this case, it means finding and attracting like-minded folks to my work, via social media (broadly) and through Facebook in particular. Hopefully, these new fans and friends help spread the word and support the work, both through interest, excitement and feedback and/or with financial contributions in the short run.

The goal, of course, is to build a tribe of enthusiastic followers and make this work (and future works) self-sustaining and even, dare I say it, lucrative some day soon! 😮

Will this strategy work? I dunno. But I figure it's worth a shot. If you have ideas or suggestions for me, please comment below.

Be a Guardian Angel

As you know by now, you can provide aid and comfort to me as I write TRUMP IN HELL, by becoming a Sustaining or Contributing Member. But for a limited time (and sorry to sound a bit corny) you can attain the special status of Guardian Angel*, too!

Basically, Guardian Angels are supporters who stepped up and helped out during this critical early period wherein I'm getting TRUMP IN HELL off the ground. The only requirement is that you become either a Sustaining or Contributing Member at any level. However, this designation is intended to be special, so there will only be a limited number of Guardian Angels. I'm thinking 50 or possibly as many as 100. I don't think it will go beyond this.

Click to the see the Guardian Angels of this site. Or, check out the Sustaining Members or Contributing Members.


*I preferred Hell's Angel as a term for my patrons, and I'm sure you do too, but as my friend the patent lawyer and intellectual property expert told me…

A highly fictional, satiric story possibly based on a widely recognized public figure who is also a brand name unto himself is probably not going to get you in any trouble. Probably.

However, co-opting the highly recognized and famous trademark for a well known, extremely litigious brand could definitely cause problems. As in, here's an injunction, see ya in federal court, be sure to bring your checkbook.

– K.S. Knight's Pal, the Lawyer

Hell's Angels are a brand, and they love taking people to court. How about that? Who knew? To think that all along I was worried about getting the ol' grill caved in. 😮

Final Thoughts…

While I'm hardly expecting to live large on supporter's largesse, it would be nice if the minimal but still fairly brutal overhead costs got covered and didn't have to come out of pocket—or the piggy bank, as the case may be. I mean, right now, I'm spending almost $200/mo. on web-related and marketing software alone.

Yes. 200 bones a month just to keep the doors open and get the word out. Yikes!

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