I've always been into sci-fi and fantasy, but last year, largely thanks to Jeffro Johnson's Hugo nominated Appendix N Retrospective series, I found myself picking up a lot of the older, weirder and pulpier stuff. I felt particularly inspired by authors like Leigh Brackett, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, and publications like Planet Stories.
I decided to launch a semi-pro zine to showcase pulse-pounding Sword & Planet and Heroic Fantasy fiction in the tradition of those classic pulp magazines.
Cirsova Magazine is for readers who want exciting tales of daring heroes up against impossible odds in exotic settings. It's also for authors of adventure SFF. I want to create an enduring market for pulp adventure writers to sell their fiction for competitive semi-pro rates.
All that's left to do for issue 1 is fill some of the limited advertising space and get it into your hands as soon as possible! No T-shirts, no secret forums, no skype calls, conventions or parties, just what I can without a doubt put in your hands: a high quality sci-fi magazine.
Issue 1 will have nearly 100 pages of pulse pounding SFF action!
The first issue of Cirsova features the following line-up:
- The Gift of the Ob-Men by Schuyler Hernstrom
- This Day, At Tilbury by Kat Otis
- Rose by Any Other Name by Brian K Lowe
- Late Bloom by Melanie Rees
- The Hour of the Rat by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
- At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen by Abraham Strongjohn
- A Hill of Stars by Misha Burnett
- My Name is John Carter by James Hutchings
- Retrospective: Toyman by E.C. Tubb by Jeffro Johnson
- Jabari Weathers
Stretch Goal 1: $1,000
I'll be able to pay for about half of the second issue without having to dip into out-of-pocket funds. Meeting this goal means that around 100 people will get their hands on this amazing anthology. There MAY be enough interest and buzz generated from folks who get to see it that Cirsova MIGHT take off as a sleeper mag to watch out for by mid 2016.
Stretch Goal 2: $5,000
Begin work on a second issue sometime in 2016.
Reaching $5,000 will mean that my expenses associated with issue 1's assemblage will be met. Issue 1 has roughly $1k worth of already-paid-for top-notch content, and the rest of the cost is POD + S&H. Seems silly that meeting my expenses would be a stretch goal, but I'd rather play it safe than bank on an explosive outpouring of pledges. Because Cirsova Issue 1 is already paid for, I can put it out without needing to raise the extra funds to cover the costs.
Even if I don't meet this stretch goal, there's a good chance I'll try to scrape together enough money for a second issue this year, because I've already got some AMAZING stories from authors who have said "I'll hold onto this until you can get the next issue together." I want to tell you all about them and how great they are, but I can't until I actually get the ball rolling on issue 2 and pay for the rights to them.
Stretch Goal 3: $10,000
Begin work on a second issue immediately.
Now, $10,000 would be ideal, because that would mean that my poorly scrawled out calculations of content + mfg. + shipping costs turned out to be more or less right and I didn't completely screw up on calculating my per-issue price point (approx 1000 issues w $1 content cost per issue + approx $5 per issue pod allows for a per issue price comparable to the 'big' SFF mags). Oh, it also means that I would be able to immediately begin soliciting stories for issue 2.
Stretch Goal 4: $20,000
I think I'll have enough to pay off my car note; that means an almost extra $300 a month I'll be able to sock away to invest in future content!
Issue 2 will have interior artwork, for one thing!
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 that are marked "Only Ships to: United States" have 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. If you are outside of the US and interested in bulk rates, please contact me directly and I will arrange for the best deal I can make you.
Notes on Advertisements: Image Advertisements will appear in soft-cover print and pdf copies. Depending on how well we can get the eBook version formatted, they may appear there as well, however this should be considered a "bonus" beyond the pledge goal based on its technical feasibility. 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!
Risks and challenges
There's actually very little risk! The first issue is more or less done and paid for. The authors are paid and the artist is paid. The only one who hasn't been paid is me!
Let me explain. I intend to put out this high quality science fiction magazine regardless of what happens on this Kickstarter. So, why am I Kickstarting? Because I intend to use Kickstarter as an investment platform. By supporting this first issue of Cirsova, you are investing in the future of the magazine. Proceeds from the Kickstarter will be used to fulfill orders and profits will be used to purchase stories for a second issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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