What we did in the past ...
Spellbound was a labor of love. It was edited by Raechel Henderson and Marcie Tentchoff and published by Eggplant Literary Productions.
Our goal was to produce the kind of magazine we would have wanted to read as children. Each issue was centered around a fantastic creature (from shape shifters, to dragons, trolls to griffins) and featured fiction, poetry and art aimed and exploring the weird and wonderful.
We published sixteen issues between the years of 1999 to 2003. The first six issues were produced by hand: printed off a hand-me-down HP Laserjet IIP, hand assembled and saddle-stitched with a long arm stapler. Future issues were offset printed (a move that saved our sanity in putting together issues but increased the cost by several degrees).
This chapbook-format quarterly distinguishes itself from a host of other small press f/sf magazines by aiming squarely at the juvenile audience. It scores a direct hit, too, with high-calibre stories, poetry, and articles focused on the "feature creature" of the issue and on other folklore/fairy tale/mythology themes. -- Donna Farley, Black Gate (review of Spellbound)
In 2003, Spellbound halted publication, due to budget shortages. The magazine received lots of positive feedback from parents, readers, teachers and librarians, but because of the cost of postage and printing and because the magazine carried no advertising, it never broke even.
... and what we want to do in the future.
Even though we shut down publication, we never really forgot Spellbound. Nearly a decade later, we've decided to try and relaunch the magazine, with some changes. We're going the e-zine route: publishing Spellbound as an ePub readable on Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers. With the increase in e-readership (sales of e-readers and children's and YA e-books are on the rise) we see an opportunity to bring awesome fiction, poetry, art and more to an even larger audience than before.
We're looking to raise enough money to fund a full year's run of Spellbound. The money will go to paying for content and production costs. Most new publications flounder in the first year, so if we can secure the funding we can concentrate on putting out a quality publication, expanding our readership and assuring a second year and beyond.
We will be publishing four issues per year in ePub format. Issues will be available from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords for $5.00 each. Subscriptions will be available with issues being e-mailed to subscribers. Subscriptions will be $20.00 a year. We will continue to center each issue around a specific fantasy creature with the first year's line up being:
- Winter 2012 - Rings and Other Magic Things
- Spring 2013 - Changelings and Doppelgangers
- Summer 2013 - Dragons
- Fall 2013 - Creatures of the Deep Dark Woods
If we get the funding the first issue (Winter 2012) will be published December 2012.
What is the money for?
One of the advantages of going electronic with the relaunch of Spellbound is it allows us to pay our contributors more. When we were publishing in print 90% of our costs went to printing, leaving very little for the authors, artists and poets who made each issue of Spellbound so great.
So, the plan, as it stands, is to raise the pay rate for contributors from 4theLuv levels--$5 per story and poem, even less for art--to semi-professional levels (as defined by SFWA). If we reach our goal of $4,000 we will be able to pay 2 and a half cents per word for fiction, $20 per poem and a $400 art budget for each issue.
If we're able to raise more than $4,000, all the extra will go into raising our pay rates even higher!
Of course all of this hinges on us raising the money. Kickstarter is all or nothing funding. What this means is that if we don't raise the $4,000 which is our goal we won't get any of the money that has been pledged. In that case, there is no Spellbound. That's why we need your support in the form of backing us (as little as $5 helps) and in helping to spread the word.
Share this page on Facebook. Tweet it! Mention it in your blog and Tumblr and tell your friends. With your help we can make a fantastic publication that will help foster the love of reading and fantasy in a future generation of children.
A year ago, while cleaning out my garage, I found a box of back issues of Spellbound. I did a happy little dance and sat down on the cool, concrete floor and flipped through them. It was like reuniting with an old friend after years apart. Every story, every piece of artwork, every poem and article made me smile as I remembered how satisfying it was to put together each issue.
Those issues are the reason we decided to try to restart Spellbound. You'll notice that one of the rewards includes a back issue mailed to you. These are the last copies around. Once they've gone to good homes, that's it. Below you can see the covers of all of the issues and get a sense of what you'll be getting when you pledge $20.
Raechel's day job is costuming and sewing. One of the things she sews are pocketed dice bags. She's designed a limited edition, branded bag for the Spellbound Kickstarter. Pledges of $50 or more will get backers a handy and handsome bag. Find out more about the bags here.
Spellbound Sampler Cover Prints
Another new reward! Pledges of $40 - $75 will snag backers a lovely 5 x 7 print of the cover of the Spellbound Sampler. Pledges over $75 will get backers a signed and numbered 8 x 10 print.
If/when we get funding for Spellbound we'll be posting guidelines on our website (www.eggplantproductions.com).
There are several programs and apps that allow you to read ePub files on computers, laptops and phones. Nook and Kindle both have free programs and apps as well. But, if you'd prefer you can have your subscription (or any of the other ePub incentives) be gifts to another, you just have to let us know when the Kickstarter ends.
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