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Annual perfectbound print journals that showcase the best of the indie press in fiction, nonfiction, historical works, and poetry.

UPDATE: Help us reach our NEW STRETCH GOAL of $4,000!

We have reached our funding goal, our first stretch goal, and our second stretch goal with your fantastic help, but we're still climbing! Help us reach our NEW STRETCH GOAL of $4,000. This stretch goal will fund five months' worth of stories on Go Read Your Lunch and help us fulfill our ultimate mission of making sure indie authors get paid for their talents and craft. We won't have to rely on gathering sponsors for five whole months, which means we can focus on bringing you fantastic stories instead!  There are all-new stretch goal rewards in it for you (in addition to all the other stretch rewards you can find in the "updates" section), too! Please read our new update to learn more about the next step and why we still need your funding!

Who we are:

We are Alternating Current, an independent press that specializes in promoting and showcasing the best work of indie authors the world over.  We work hard.  We love our authors and our readers.  We kick butt.  The cut ‘n’ paste zine days found us armed with gluesticks and fine-tipped Sharpie markers twenty years ago; today’s digital landscape finds us with paperbacks, PDFs, blogs, websites, and social networks, but our heart is still the same and still bleeds pen ink, even if it is from the more upscale Pilot G-2 Ultra Fine 0.38’s these days.  We will go to the wall for our authors.  Heck, we’ve gone to court for our authors!  (True story; ask us about it!)  But we can’t do it without you.  We have needs.  We’re high maintenance and needy.  But did I mention we kick butt?

Find us at our website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Three birds; one massive stone

We hate to ask for handouts, so in our efforts to keep from soliciting any more than necessary, we lump our fundraising together.  The more we can raise, the less we have to ask!  So what are our three birds?  We’re glad you asked.

Poiesis #6: A Literary Journal

Poiesis is our annual perfect-bound print journal that features the best of the independent press in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  It’s been through many a transformation, but has existed for years, giving a home to the cutting edge, unapologetic, rare, and powerful work of the small press.  Issue #6 is wrapping up its layout phase and needs your help to cross the finish line.  Because of the impressive quantity of authors and quality pieces each issue boasts, we need the funds to provide contributor copies for our authors and reading copies for review outlets, and to cover the cost of ever-increasing global shipping rates and book marketing.  Please help us make Issue #6 a reality!

You can find out more about Poiesis here: alternatingcurrentpress.blogspot.com/p/poiesis.html
You can submit to Poiesis here: alternatingcurrent.submittable.com/submit/19888
Read the winner of our 2012 Luminaire Award to see a sample of the awesome work we feature, here: alternatingcurrentpress.blogspot.com/2012/05/kindtoaspider.html

Picture is in the public domain.
Picture is in the public domain.

Footnote #1: A Literary Journal of History

In our twentieth year of publishing, we’ve noticed something missing from the independent press: contemporary views on history from real storytellers, not just academies.  Well, hello, there, fellow history nerd, let me introduce you to Footnote, our brand spankin’ new perfect-bound literary print journal of historical and contemporary views on the people, places, events, and ideas of history that inspire and intrigue us—told through modern and historical fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, articles, maps, photographs, and poetry, from not only the voices of the independent press, but also from little-known, obscure, and still-relevant voices of the past.  With your funding, we can make this inaugural issue a success and pay for contributor copies, review copies, and the endless marketing that goes into promoting a new journal.

You can find out more about Footnote here: alternatingcurrentpress.blogspot.com/p/footnote.html
You can submit to Footnote here: alternatingcurrent.submittable.com/submit/19869

Photograph by Aleathia Drehmer.
Photograph by Aleathia Drehmer.

Go Read Your Lunch: A Journal of Lunchtime Stories

And what is a lunchtime story, you ask?  Why, it’s a story you can read over your lunchtime, of course!  <shakes head>  Silly question.  On June 3rd, 2013, with your help and some crossed fingers, we hope to launch our brand new online journal of fiction, prose, creative nonfiction, columns, flash fiction, short stories, and/or epic prose poems, called Go Read Your Lunch.  Stories will be posted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and will be just long enough to read during your twenty-to-thirty-minute lunch break.  What’s even cooler than that?  We’ll be turning every story into a beautifully formatted, limited-edition Kindle download, as well, so readers can take each story home with them after lunch (or if your boss interrupts you right at the good part!).  We hope to bring readers back day after day with our great prose selections, give a little jolt to your weekday mastication, and even better?—we’ll be paying our authors for their fine-honed craft.  On launch day, we’ll help make that elusive fantasy of getting paid come true for indie authors!

You can find out more about Go Read Your Lunch here: goreadyourlunch.blogspot.com
(And please “follow along” in the left sidebar!)
You can submit to Go Read Your Lunch here: alternatingcurrent.submittable.com/submit/20620
Download and read a story sample for your Kindle to see what our Kindle-friendly formatted PDFs look like (They're lovely!), here: dropbox.com/s/0j1yks8iwsu624f/Something%20Like%20a%20Sin%20by%20Kenneth%20Nichols%20%28Sample%20Beginning%20Only%29.pdf

Artwork is in the public domain.
Artwork is in the public domain.

And, well, that’s it.

That’s what we need.  We can try to appeal to your heartstrings, but right now, we need to appeal to your wallet.  The heartstrings come later when you receive your awesome prizes over there ===> in the sidebar!  We promise you won’t be disappointed in the results.  And don’t forget to:

Find out more about us at our website: alternatingcurrentarts.blogspot.com
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/alternatingcurrentartscoop
(Editor’s page on Facebook:) facebook.com/authorleahangstman
Follow us on Twitter: @leahangstman
Follow us at Go Read Your Lunch: goreadyourlunch.blogspot.com

And please, for the love of the indie press, share this Kickstarter project with everyone you know to help promote and support amazing independent authors!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions.  We are so easy to find.  We’re everywhere.  Oh, and did I mention we kick butt?

Some samples of Leah Angstman’s art and crafts to give you a taste of what your rewards could be, over there ===>

"Self portrait, if he saw me" by Leah Angstman
"Self portrait, if he saw me" by Leah Angstman
"Heaven doesn't have to exist" by Leah Angstman
"Heaven doesn't have to exist" by Leah Angstman
"Cabaret lover" by Leah Angstman
"Cabaret lover" by Leah Angstman
"Derren Brown wins the lottery" by Leah Angstman
"Derren Brown wins the lottery" by Leah Angstman
"Outside looking in" by Leah Angstman
"Outside looking in" by Leah Angstman
"While his guitar gently weeps" by Leah Angstman
"While his guitar gently weeps" by Leah Angstman
"Here's looking at you, kid" by Leah Angstman
"Here's looking at you, kid" by Leah Angstman
"The emerald dagger" necklace made by Leah Angstman
"The emerald dagger" necklace made by Leah Angstman
"Mighty Moose" necklace made by Leah Angstman
"Mighty Moose" necklace made by Leah Angstman
"When doves cry" necklace made by Leah Angstman
"When doves cry" necklace made by Leah Angstman
"Sylvia before suicide" brooch made by Leah Angstman
"Sylvia before suicide" brooch made by Leah Angstman
"Puttin' the cult back in culture" exclusive silicone wristbands (You can only get them here!  Nowhere else!)
"Puttin' the cult back in culture" exclusive silicone wristbands (You can only get them here! Nowhere else!)
"Think it. Then ink it." handmade buttons
"Think it. Then ink it." handmade buttons
Handmade hairpiece by Leah Angstman
Handmade hairpiece by Leah Angstman
Handmade custom wine glass charms by Leah Angstman
Handmade custom wine glass charms by Leah Angstman
Handmade book, pages, and book binding by Leah Angstman
Handmade book, pages, and book binding by Leah Angstman
We proudly support the idea behind Kicking It Forward.
We proudly support the idea behind Kicking It Forward.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Anything in the independent press always has some risks and challenges. This year marks our twentieth year in publishing, with over two hundred paperbacks and chapbook collections under our belt, including five previous issues of Poiesis already successfully published. We know how to market, how to distribute, and how to pull through, no matter the challenge. These projects have been paced and planned with enough time and care for success, and when funded (Not if! Of course we’ll succeed!), they will be shipped upon completion, conservatively fall 2013 for Poiesis #6 and winter 2014 for Footnote #1. If we run into any snags, we will communicate with our backers every step of the way.

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