Many of you know the routine by now. For those who don’t, here’s the scoop! We are using Kickstarter to take pre-orders and sell subscriptions for our 2017 issues. As usual, all stories have been paid for. Our cover artists are paid. Layout is more or less done, and Issue 5 is already in the hands of our copy editors.
What do we have in store for 2017?
Our Spring issue (Cirsova #5) primarily features stories from Misha Burnett's Eldritch Earth Geophysical Society, a writing group devoted to telling Burroughsian adventure stories set on a pre-historic Lovecraftian Earth. Expect unspeakable monsters from the stars, cultists, sorcerers, lizardmen, crabmen, fishmen (and fishwomen) and every manner of daring rogue! Also, Adrian Cole’s Witchfinder Arrul Voruum investigates the lingering evil in Karkesh in an all new Dream Lords story, Michael Tierney cooks up a historical fantasy with Bears of 1812, and Lynn Rushlau tells of daring escape in Through the Star-Thorn Maze. Plus, the latest installment in James Hutchings' My Name is John Carter.
Cover art by Benjamin A. Rodriguez.
- The First American, by Schuyler Hernstrom
- In the Gloaming O My Darling, by Misha Burnett
- War of the Ruby/Shapes in the Fog, by Brian K. Lowe
- Beyond the Great Divide, by S.H. Mansouri
- Darla of Deodanth, by Louise Sorensen
- The Queen of Shadows, by Jay Barnson
- A Killing in Karkesh, by Adrian Cole
- Through the Star-Thorn Maze, by Lynn Rushlau
- The Bears of 1812, by Michael Tierney
- My Name is John Carter (Part 4), by James Hutchings
Our Fall Issue (Cirsova #6) will feature the usual array of exciting SFF goodness, including the return of a few characters introduced to our readers in previous issues; Strongjohn picks up on Triton where At the Feet of Neptune's Queen left off, Thompson's adventurer Captain Anchor Brown pursues a mysterious god-beast deep in the wilds, present meets past in the Sacred City as Cole continues his Dream Lords saga, plus more Othan! We've also got some Raygun Romance from Spencer Hart & Tyler Young, and the start of a brand new Sword & Sorcery series by Jim Breyfogle.
Cover art by Ku Kuru Yo.
- The Last Job on Harz, by Tyler Young
- Magelords of Ruach, by Abraham Strongjohn
- The Battlefield of Keres, by Jim Breyfogle
- Tear Down the Stars, by Adrian Cole
- Temple of the Beast, by Hal Thompson
- Death on the Moon, by Spencer Hart
- Othan, Vandal, by Kurt Magnus
We have simplified our offerings a bit, focusing on those previous pledge levels that were most popular. Both 2017 issues will be approximately the same page-count, so there will not be an issue of one item having a substantially different unit cost as was the case with our winter issue.
We will be attempting to sell advertisement again through Kickstarter. To simplify things, anyone pledging for a advertising slot can add to their pledge at whatever level they would like to back to include physical copies. To keep matters simple, advertisers buying ads through Kickstarter do not need to worry about shipping costs if they are outside the US. You want the back cover ad and both softcover copies? Just pledge $120, and we'll sent them anywhere in the world at no extra charge.
If you want adspace in both issues, pledge for #5 and double your pledged amount.
1/4 Page – 3.5″ w x 4.5″ h 300 DPI
Back Cover – 7-8″ w x 8.75″ h 300 DPI
Please prepare ad images as high res .PNG or .TIF files.
Advertisements for Issue 5 should be sent to no later than one week after the end of the Kickstarter.
Stretch Goal: $4000
Two issues in 2018. Right now, we're looking at having just enough money for one issue, maybe enough for 1/4 to 1/2 of another, not counting art. A lot of Cirsova Publishing's discretionary funds are tied up in a Leigh Brackett project, so we'll need additional capital to ensure that we can put out two issues next year and that I won't have to dip further into personal funds to see that it happens.
Stretch Goal: $5000
If you're an author considering submitting to Cirsova, you want to see this happen. Reaching $5000 will allow us to have an open submission period. This will give us the financial flexibility we need to squeeze in good stories here and there that we might otherwise have to pass up.
Stretch Goal: $8000
At this point, we can certainly have open submissions, possibly keep the issues as thick as we are this year (128 pages) or maybe even have three issues. Plus, this could put us in a position where mailing from our HQ would be feasible, cheaper, and less time consuming than manually entering dropshipment info by hand into Amazon.
Risks and challenges
Like our last pre-order Kickstarter, backers are taking a bigger gamble, as they will be pledging for two issues which will not be sent right away.
However, Cirsova has a proven track record of delivering in a timely manner, adhering to our release schedule.
As in the past, all story content is paid for. Our volunteers have been doing wonderful turn-around work on deep pass copy-edits, and I expect them to continue doing so.
While things are still on an upward track for us, our coffers did hit empty after making 2017 acquisitions. Still, it's all paid for and we don't have any expenses that will prevent the issues from being completed. Rest assured that following the success of this Kickstarter we will have funds to cover all expenses related to fulfilling backer rewards. However, we WILL need to go above and beyond our goals for 2017 subscriptions to remain viable as a semi-pro paying market into 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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