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Cirsova is taking pre-orders for the second issue of its a newly launched semi-pro market for Pulp adventure stories.
Cirsova is taking pre-orders for the second issue of its a newly launched semi-pro market for Pulp adventure stories.
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Late January, Cirsova launched a Kickstarter to take pre-orders for its inaugural issue. It funded in a matter of days, going on to double its original goal. We were able to begin fulfilling orders within weeks of the end of the Kickstarter – as soon as the money hit our account.

We have big plans for the future, and while we were toying with the idea of a semi-annual release, fueled by the myriad amazing submissions we got during our open submission period we ultimately decided to push forward, build momentum and aim for being a quarterly publication! 

As such, we are again using Kickstarter to take pre-orders and sell ad space for Issue 2 of Cirsova. Like before, everything is paid for – stories and art - and the magazine is ready to go save for finalizing the ad layout. 

This is going to be an especially cool issue, with nearly 50,000 words of original content. We've got several new and returning contributors, including an all new Dream Lords story by Adrian Cole and an essay by multiple-award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  In addition to the fantastic piece by our regular artist, Jabari Weathers, Issue 2 will have a Kickstarter exclusive cover done by 2016 Hugo Nominee Ku Kuru Yo.


Short Stories
  • The Sealed City by Adrian Cole
  • Hoskins' War by Brian K. Lowe
  • Squire Errant by Karl Gallagher
  • The Water Walks Tonight by S.H. Mansouri
  • Shark Fighter by Michael Tierney

Novella

  • Images of the Goddess by Schuyler Hernstrom

Poetry

  • My Name is John Carter (Part 2) by James Hutchings

Featured Column

  • Rescuing Women by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Cover Art

  • Jabari Weathers
  • Ku Kuru Yo (Variant Cover)

Pledge Levels:

Individual copies
$2 - PDF
$10 - Softcover Copy
$18 - Softcover Copies (Both Versions)
$35 - Hardcover Copy* 
$60 - Hardcover Copies* (Both Versions)

*Add $10 for your choice of softcover or $18 for both versions - no additional shipping required.

Bulk copies
$30 - 5 soft copies
$60 - 10 soft copies
$80 - 15 soft copies
$100 - 20 soft copies
$130 - 5 Hard copies

Advertising
$25 - 250 character text ad + 1 soft copy
$65 - 1/4 page advert + 5 soft copies
$85 - 1/2 page advert + 5 soft copies
$150 - Back Cover advert + 5 soft copies

Advertisers eligible for 5 softcopies may add additional copies of either cover for $20 per 5 copies in increments of 5. (e.g. pledge $85 for 1/4 page advert + 10 soft copies)

Notes on Hardcover Copies: The copies are gorgeous hardbound with gold spine lettering and come with a full color gloss dust jacket.  These  advertisement free copies are kickstarter exclusive and will not be made commercially available.  If you're a collector type, you will totally regret missing out on this and seeing copies go for $100+ on ebay years from now when Cirsova is a big deal.

Notes on Shipping: I want to make this magazine available both as cheaply and widely as possible. To do so, I needed to add variable shipping costs to pledge levels with rewards that can be shipped outside of the US. Reward levels have standard US domestic shipping costs factored in already.

Notes on Bulk Orders: US Domestic Media Mail rates are the primary reason why these bulk orders can be pledged for so cheaply. The downside is that these prices must be exclusive to US customers.  Due to the international interest in Cirsova, we are making accommodations to offer bulk rate options available internationally.

Amazon fulfillment restrictions require that cover variations be sent in increments of 5 (e.g. 5 Original + 10 Variant, not 2 Original + 3 Variant) to keep our costs to you low.

Notes on Advertisements: Advertisements will appear in softcover print, ebook and pdf copies. Interior advertisements may be in true black & white or in gray-scale. Color images should be converted to gray-scale before submitting.

Be advised that the Rear Cover advertisement is sized to accommodated a barcode rather than fit the page.

Advertisement images should be 300 dpi, with the following measurements:

1/2 Page - 7.5" w x 4.5" h or 3.5" w x 9" h
1/4 Page - 3.5" w x 4.5" h
Back Cover - 7-8" w x 8.75" h

Please have both text and graphic ads prepared for submission no later than one week after the end of the Kickstarter!

Stretch Goal 1: $2,000

We will offer a limited hardcover reprint of issue 1.  This will not require an additional pledge, however we will make a link available to backers to purchase copies direct from Lulu. This edition will be distinct from the original print in that it will have some text on on the dust jacket flaps and will have white, rather than gold, ink on the spine text. It will be made available for $30 + your choice of methods of shipping.  The link will be made available from the point at which we reach this stretch goal + 1 month and then be disabled.

Stretch Goal 2: $5,000

This will put us well on the way towards turning our red ink black.  I really wanted to include some interior art in Cirsova, but so much of our budget has gone towards paying for top notch stories, we're hesitant to increase our per-issue content costs until sales are able to offset expenses.  If we reach this goal, we will try to include some (1-3 pieces) interior art in issue 4*.  

Stretch Goal 3: $10,000

This is huge: if we get $10,000 in pre-orders and advertising, we will make it our goal to have half of the stories in issue 4 illustrated.

Stretch Goal 4: $20,000

We will aim to see that hardcover copies** of issue 4 will have one illustration for each story.

*Why issue 4 and not 3?  Issue 3 is so jam packed that there there will barely be room for ads, much less illustrations!  

**Why only the hardcover copies?  Issue 4 is already 200+ pages in 8.5 x 11 - if we make it any thicker, we won't be able to keep our prices as low as we intend to.  While the hardcover will be even thicker at 8.25 x 10.75, we'll have more leeway to include illustrations in the ad-free version.

Stretch Goal 5: $158,922

Cirsova will be funded for years.  I'll probably commission an adult coloring book issue or something - I hear those are popular.  And I'll probably sink money into a Children's Illustrated Pulp Classics line or something and donate classroom sets of Vance, Brackett and Burroughs books to children in need of good science fiction.  

Risks and challenges

The biggest delay last time was waiting for Kickstarter and Amazon to finish processing payments.

If we have increased advertiser interest in this issue, that delay time will mostly be used for finalizing layout and receiving final proofs. We still anticipate having backer orders fulfilled fairly soon after your account has been charged.

We will typically put in the fulfillment order for hardcover copies first, but due to the greater length of time it takes to print and bind these, hardcover copies very well may arrive notably later than softcover copies.

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