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About this project

What is Plasma Frequency?

Anyone who write science fiction and fantasy knows how hard it can be. This is especially true of short fiction. Taking an idea and making it a fulfilling story in such a short word count is a challenge. But things only get hard when it comes time to sell that story to a publication.

That's where Plasma Frequency comes in. Since 2012, Plasma Frequency has published quality science fiction and fantasy. To date we have purchased over 130 stories, totaling more than 340,000 words! We have given many writers their first publication credit, as well as welcoming several well-known names. You can check out our full list of issues here.

And that is what Plasma Frequency is all about, giving fiction a home for readers to enjoy it.

What does Plasma Frequency publish?

You can count on 10 stories per issue (6 issues a year) of science fiction, fantasy, and even some horror.  We publish a range in length from 7000 words to a few hundred. And, we even have a serial fiction story this year that is much longer!

Starting with issue 13, we now have our issues free to read online. Free, that's a great deal! You can also purchase print and eReader copies of all our issues.  We also publish amazing cover art each issue. And coming in 2015 we will have special theme issues, and an all inclusive 2015 Anthology. But all this is counting on help from the community through funding on Kickstarter.

So what is this Kickstarter for?

Running a quality magazine takes a lot of time and money. I can make the time, but I am a starving artist myself and can't spare anymore money.  Plasma Frequency believes that the hard work authors put into stories deserves a fair pay rate. Each year I put in over $3000 into just the magazine (this doesn't include marketing) but that means I can only pay just 1 cent per word. And you will probably agree that writers deserve more.

We want to pay authors a fair, professional wage, of 6 cents per word starting in January 2015. But we simply can't do that with out crowd funding support. And this is what we are using this Kickstarter for. To raise the funds needed for one year of issues at the professional rate of 6 cents per word.

How will the money be used?

$10,200 will go directly to paying authors and artists. This includes a pay increase for Authors (6 cents per word) and an increase for Artists ($200).

$1,285 will go to operational costs of the magazine, including the anthology, postage/printing, website hosting, and upgrading our submission system to handle the influx of new submissions we anticipate.

$2,110 will go to printing, shipping, and other fees associated with this campaign's rewards.

$1,512 will go to the fees associated with running this campaign (Kickstarter fees, Card Processing Fees)

Grand Total Needed: $15,107

Deadline: November 15th. Why that day? It is my birthday and I would like nothing more for my birthday than to see this funded.

Rewards:

So what is in it for you? Well, besides another great professional rate magazine? We also have some great rewards for you.

  • Get a critique from our assistant editors. They will send you personal feedback on your story. This is not a submission to our magazine, but a chance to hear what our editors think before you submit your story to us, or anyone else. So make sure those stories are publication ready. 
  • The Year 1 Anthology is a collection of 12 stories from our first year of publication. One from each issue was chosen by our readers. Another story from each issue was chosen by the editors.
  • The Year 2 Anthology is a collection of 12 stories from our second year of publication. One from each issue was chosen by our readers. Another story from each issue was chosen by the editors. This is due to be released November 2014.
  • The 2015 Anthology is a planned collection that will include all stories we publish in 2015. It is expected to be released in December 2015.
  • eReader copies are available in .mobi, .epub, and .pdf types. Just let us know which one you want. Make sure we have a way to reach you.
  • We list our donors in the back of each issue (starting with issue 14). They are listed in the following levels: Ham Radio Operator, Local Broadcaster, National Broadcaster, Worldwide Broadcaster, and Regulator. This is an obvious play on "Frequency", and a good chance to brag.
  • Rewards for donations as little as $5. Every little bit helps.
  • More rewards could be added if we reach our goal and head into our stretch goals.

Stretch Goals:

We would be happy just to make our funding goal, but if we are so privileged to go beyond that goal we have a few plans in store. We will announce some of those as we get closer to funding.  But some of those include special editions, adding more to the author pay rate, and much more.

Ways to Help:

Obviously making a donation helps tremendously. But sharing this Kickstarter on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, at your writer's groups, and with anyone else wishing to see a great publication rise up to professional payment levels will be a huge benefit as well.

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We'd love for you to join us.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Plasma Frequency has been publishing since 2012. We've come across some tough challenges, most of those are in regards to funding. But I've kept it going through two job losses and a major out of state move. This Kickstarter would eliminate the biggest hurdle our magazine has. money.

For two years we have put out an excellent magazine and you can rest assured that once we are funded you will be a part of sending this magazine to the next level.

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    Supporting 1: Get an eReader copy of the Year 1 Anthology. You will also get your name listed in the From the Editor section of Issue 15.

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    Supporting 2: Get an eReader copy of the Year 2 Anthology. You will also get your name listed in the From the Editor section of Issue 15.

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    Story Feedback: One of our assistant editors will critique your short story (up to 7,000 words). This will be a personal feedback email about the story itself. Your story should be ready for publication (i.e. already edited for grammar and punctuation, etc.). Please note this is not a submission for publishing consideration, but rather an opportunity to get personal feedback from a reading editor.

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    Ham Radio Operator 2: Get both the Year 1 and Year 2 anthology in eReader format. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Ham Radio Operator 1: Get a subscription for one year for your eReader. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Ham Radio Operator PLUS: Get both anthologies and a one year subscription for your eReader! Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Local Broadcaster 1: Get a print copy of the Year 1 Anthology. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Local Broadcaster 2: Get a print copy of the Year 2 Anthology. Plus be listed on our magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    National Broadcaster 1: Get one year of back issues. Issues 1 through 6, all of our first year! Plus be listed on our magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    National Broadcaster 2: Get one year of back issues. Issues 7 through 12, all of our second year! Plus be listed on our magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    National Broadcaster PLUS: Get a print copy of BOTH the Year 1 and Year 2 Anthologies. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Worldwide Broadcaster 1: Year 1 Anthology in print and Issues 1 through 6 in eReader format. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Worldwide Broadcaster 2: Year 2 Anthology in print and Issues 7 through 12 in eReader format. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Worldwide Broadcaster PLUS: Get the Year one and Two Anthology in Print plus eReader copies of Issues 1-12. Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues.

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    Regulator: Year One and Two Anthologies in Print, plus Issues 1 through 14 in eReader Format. And get Issue 15 in Print! Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues. Rule the airwaves!

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    Regulator PLUS: All the rewards of Regulator, with the addition of the 2015 Anthology (December 2015) in Print format.

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    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION: Year 1 and Year 2 Anthologies in Print. The 2015 Anthology (December 2015) in Print. Issues 1 to 14 in eReader format. This will get you every story we have published until the end of 2015! Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues (listed as a Regulator).

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    Lunch with the Editor-in-Chief: Have lunch with Richard Flores IV, Editor in Chief of Plasma Frequency, at the 2015 WorldCon in Spokane. Day and Time to be determined. (We will pay for the lunch, but travel expenses are up to you.)

    You also get Issue 1-14 in eReader format!

    Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues (listed as a Regulator).

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    I WANT IT ALL: Get issues 1-12 in eReader format, PLUS Issues 13-20 in Print. You will also get the Year One, Year Two, and 2015 Anthology in Print. PLUS Have dinner with Richard Flores IV, Editor in Chief of Plasma Frequency, at the 2015 WorldCon in Spokane. Day and Time to be determined. (We will pay for the dinner, but travel expenses are up to you.) Plus be listed on the magazine's donor page (print and eReader copies) for all future issues (listed as a Regulator).

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