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        Iíve been writing fiction since elementary school.  I don't remember a time when I wasn't writing stories.  Itís been a constant part of my daily life.  Itís what I do, itís what Iíve always done.

        I didnít think that it would ever be a career.  I wrote, but I wasnít a ďwriter,Ē not the kind of writer whose books sat on library shelves.  When I was a high school senior, researching universities, I looked for somewhere to major in psychology.  It wasnít until I was making my final selection that I decided to take the plunge and major in English.  I just couldnít deny the pull of books; nothing else could compare.  I still didnít think of myself as a writer, but I loved literature so much, I decided to pursue a career as an English professor.

        After three and a half years of college, I realized that I wasnít necessarily cut out to be a professor, after all.  Iím more of a dreamer than a scholar.  So, after graduation, I had a series of other jobs.

        All of that time, I was writing steadily, daily, hours at a time.  In 2000, while I was still in college, I opened a website and showed other people my fiction for the first time.  Iíd been writing for so long with only myself as an audience, it was frightening to share what Iíd kept secret.  It was also exhilarating.

        The story of my first website is its own continuing saga.  I love that site and I love those stories and I love those characters and I love those readers.  In January of 2005, I opened a second site, this one, and began to sell my first novel, Off the Record.  The problem there is that Iím self-published, and no matter what I do, I barely break even.

        Over the past few years, with the support and encouragement of a few close friends and a broad circle of readers, Iíve realized that Iím a writer.  Iíve written so much material over so many years that itís almost ridiculous to ask me to be or do anything else.  There are so many stories in me, burning holes in my brain, that I need to write.

        The thing is, Iím not independently wealthy.  Like anyone else, I require a source of income.  Iíve been writing for free for many years now, but my job takes up so much of my time and energy that itís become a struggle for me to find time to write the way that I need to.

        Iíd like to write more novels, and to publish collections of short stories, but what Iíve always done best is serial writing.  Give me an opening set of characters and a new world to explore, and Iíll dive right in there.  If I want to write for a living, I may as well go with my strengths.

        So, Iíve begun ďIn This Land,Ē a regularly updated series.  Guys, sex, relationships, itís all there for $4.99 a month.  Youíll get something new to read every week, with occasional short stories thrown in on the side just for fun.  Guaranteed gay erotica: whatís better?

        Iíve made the price stupidly low because I want ďIn This LandĒ to be accessible to everyone.  I want anyone whoís curious about it to have a chance to enjoy it.

        However, I realize that $4.99 a month wonít cover my rent, let alone the rest of my bills.  Thatís why Iíve added a donation option.  If you want to support this site but arenít interested in ďIn This Land,Ē or if you enjoy ďIn This LandĒ and want to pay more for it, or if you simply want to help me to fulfill my dream of making a living as a writer, please donate.

        If you like this site and enjoy the fiction that you read here, and you want to read more of it, please donate.

        Thank you.

        Matthew G. Haldeman-Time, professional writer

 

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        In my quest to be a professional writer, Iíve had to learn how to ask people for money. It doesnít come naturally to me, but it is something of a necessity.

        Subscriptions to ďIn This LandĒ are priced low because I want the series to be accessible to as many people as possible. $4.99 a month is within most budgets. However, I donít even get that much, because PayPal takes a cut of each subscription.

        Without going into the details of my finances, I can assure you that itís fairly difficult to live on $4.99 a month. Once I have enough subscribers, Iíll be able to make ends meet, but I havenít reached that point quite yet.

        And so I depend on the kindness of readers. Please, if you want to support this site, if you want to support my fiction, if you want to support my dream of being a professional writer, or if you simply want to help me out, give a donation.

        Any amount is accepted with gratitude and truly appreciated.

        Thank you.

        -Matthew

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You enjoy "In This Land," and so will everyone else you know.

Gay erotica is a joy that we all can share.  And should share, really, as a benefit to mankind.

Maybe you've searched for the perfect holiday gift.  Maybe you want to celebrate a special occasion.  Perhaps you have a friend who enjoys a good story, or a friend who deserves a unique kind of pick-me-up.

Internet friends, and real life friends, sometimes need that sweet, "I care" sentiment.  And isn't a subscription to "In This Land" the perfect, thoughtful gesture?

You enjoy "In This Land" so much, don't you want to share it with someone you love?  Someone you like?  Someone whose e-mail address you have?

If you'd like to buy a gift subscription for a friend - - and you're welcome to do it for as many friends as you can find - - then we invite you to do so!  Simply buy a subscription (you may sign up as many times as you like) and then pass along the username and password to the intended recipient.  (You might want to include a cheerful note indicating the length of your gift: three months, six months, seven years, etc.)  PayPal notifies you when each month's payment is made, so you can track the subscription's progress.  When the length of time is over, simply cancel the subscription.  Easy as pie.  And we all know how tasty pie is.

As always, if you prefer, simply mail a money order or check made out to Diamond's Desktop, along with a note including recipient e-mail addresses and the number of months covered, and we'll take care of the rest.  (E-mail me for a mailing address.)

 

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  1. When I subscribe, what do I get?
  2. Why is my password from PayPal just plain silly?
  3. What if my password doesn't work?
  4. Are subscription payments secure?
  5. Can I subscribe without using PayPal?
  6. Why do I need a PayPal account to subscribe through the regular method?
  7. Is there a lot of information to fill out when I subscribe?
  8. What if I forget my password?
  9. Can I subscribe for someone else?
10. What does my billing statement say once I subscribe?
11. Why isn't "In This Land" free?
12. What if I think that $4.99 is way too cheap for such a kick-ass story?
13. What can I do to promote "In This Land?"
14. How do you feel about your subscribers and donors?
 

 

1. When I subscribe, what do I get?

You will gain access to all existing parts of "In This Land," each weekly update for the duration of your subscription, and the password-protected short stories.  Basically, you get access to anything pertaining to "In This Land" that requires a password.  That's 52 parts each year, and all related short stories, for less than $60. "In This Land"  costs only $4.99 a month, which is about the price of a gallon of gas or a cup of coffee.  Neither of which contains explicit sex.

2. Why is my password from PayPal just plain silly?

They all seem to range from silly to flat-out ridiculous.  I was surprised to find that the good people at PayPal have a sense of humor.  They also seem to allow just about any character on the keyboard.

3. What if my password doesn't work?

Unfortunately, it seems that instant access does not happen every single time.  If you try again later with the same username and password, it should work.  So far everyone has been able to log in.  If you keep having trouble, send me an e-mail.  I'll slap it around for you.

4. Are subscription payments secure?

I use PayPal for the subscriptions because they are one of the safest and most trusted ways to purchase things on the Internet.  You can visit www.PayPal.com  to find out more on their extensive security measures and safeguards.

5. Can I subscribe without using PayPal?

Of course you can! There are several options available:

  • Since you don't need a PayPal account to donate, the fastest way would be to donate enough to cover six months ($30) or a year ($60) and then e-mail me to let me know that it is for your subscription.  I will e-mail your username and password.

  • You can use regular mail to send money for six months ($30) or a year ($60) and I will send your username and password to the email address provided in your letter. (Remember to include your email address!)

  • If you can find another method to get money to me, I'll gladly sign you up myself.

6. Why do I need a PayPal account to subscribe through the regular method?

Without a PayPal account, Paypal can only approve charges to your credit card or checking account for individual purchases.  You need to set up a free account with them to be charged on a monthly basis.  The accounts are very easy to set up, and you don't have to provide your bank account information if you don't want to.

7. Is there a lot of information to fill out when I subscribe?

If you have PayPal it's super simple.  All you have to do is log in with your PayPal e-mail address and password, then click "Pay."  You will be given a username and password for "In This Land" on the very next page. 

If you don't have PayPal, then yes, you have to do the whole name, address, form of payment, deal.  Sorry.

8. What if I forget my password?

When you subscribe, your username and password are listed in the subscription creation information in your PayPal account. 

To find it later, log in to your PayPal account and go to the "History" subtab of the "My Account" tab. Choose "Subscriptions" from the pull-down menu and press the "Submit" button. Click on the Status link for "In This Land Subscription"; the Subscription Details page will list your username and password.

9. Can I subscribe for someone else?

Sure!  If you would like to purchase a subscription for someone else, you can subscribe twice and give a friend the username and password that you get the second time.

 10. What does my billing statement say once I subscribe?

Your subscription to "In This Land," donation, or book purchase will appear on your credit card statement as MHT or MHT PAYMENT.

Note: PayPal subscriptions will use the available balance in your PayPal account.  Your credit card will only be charged if that balance is $0.

11. Why isn't "In This Land" free?

I have quite a bit of fiction available for free on this site and my fanfiction site.  I've been writing for free for years and there will still be plenty of free material added to both sites.  "In This Land" is one of the steps I'm taking to support myself with money I earn from writing so that I will have time to write more.  In short, the more people pay, the more everyone gets for free.

12. What if I think that $4.99 is way too cheap for such a kick-ass story?

I'm glad that you feel that way!  You can subscribe as many times as you want.  Or, you can donate in addition to your subscription.

13. What can I do to promote "In This Land?"

Great question! 

  • There are banners available here that you can post on MySpace, message boards, blogs, LiveJournals, your own site, and wherever else you want to bring a little Anorian cheer.

  • You can list info about "In This Land" on fiction rec websites or gay fiction e-groups.

  • Word of mouth is the best advertising, so just tell others why you enjoy the story and encourage them to check it out.

14. How do you feel about your subscribers and donors?

I love them all dearly.  I cherish them.  They're wonderful, generous, fantastic people.  I throw a mini party every time someone subscribes.

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