About this project
Crossed Genres Magazine is a monthly Science Fiction & Fantasy magazine. Each issue has a new theme, where all stories combine the theme with speculative elements. CG Magazine is an official qualifying professional market for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and reserves at least one spot in each issue for a story and interview by a new author who's never had a pro-rate sale before.
After its initial three-year run (2008-2011), CG Magazine was re-launched in January 2013 following a hugely successful Kickstarter. We've produced 18 new issues of quality, diverse fiction, all of which are free to read on our website (# 17 releases May 1, #18 releases June 1). We strongly encourage submissions of stories featuring underrepresented groups in SFF: characters of color, QUILTBAG characters, disabled characters, etc. This ties directly to the mission of Crossed Genres Publications: to give a voice to people often ignored or marginalized in SFF, which has led us to publish titles focused on older women, overweight women, immigration, skilled laborers, QUILTBAG families, and people marginalized throughout history.
We've been offering subscriptions to the magazine since its relaunch, but we haven't reached the point where CG Magazine is self-sustainable. This Kickstarter will pay for the next year of issues - including a pay raise for authors from $0.05/word to $0.06/word - and hopefully get CG Magazine to the point where it can support itself without more crowdfunding!
"You say that, but how do we know the magazine will reach self-sustainable levels?"
While there are no guarantees against the unexpected, we simply need to reach the point where the subscriptions we have will cover a year's costs. We've already built up a significant subscription base, well over half of what we need to reach sustainability. If this Kickstarter reaches its goal, it should be enough to push us over the top, with a bit of a cushion to cover for subscriptions which don't get renewed.
"You've paid $0.05 per word up until now. Why are you trying to raise enough to pay $0.06 per word? It makes your goal higher!"
One reason is to maintain our standing as an official qualifying professional market for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. SFWA recently decided to raise what they consider a qualifying rate from $0.05/word to $0.06/word, beginning July 1. We want to raise our rates to match or exceed that, starting with our July issue (#19). It's important to us that markets which encourage stories featuring underrepresented people can thrive in the SFF community, and for us, part of accomplishing that is maintaining a professional status.
Also, we (and others) have observed that higher pay rates result in more submissions. More submissions expand the variety of stories available to the editors, which increases our opportunities to deliver diversity, inclusion and quality to our readers!
And just as significantly - we want to pay authors better! In fact, we wish we could pay even more! The current rate of pay for short story authors in SFF is low. As a very small press without publishers who can invest their own money, we can't realistically expect to pay $0.25/word, or even $0.15/word, any time soon, but we can at least keep our rates up to SFWA levels. And hopefully higher - that's why some of our stretch goals involve raising our rates to $0.07/word, or more!
The vast majority of money we receive from the Kickstarter will go towards paying authors and artists. A small portion will go to other book expenses, like purchasing ISBNs, obtaining proof copies, etc. 10% is for Kickstarter/Amazon Payments fees. And the rest is for rewards fulfillment, and any other unanticipateable costs.
If we pass our initial goal, We'll strive to make CG Magazine even better:
We'd love to be able to pay authors more, beyond the $0.06/word minimum to keep our pro-rate status. The first and third stretch goals would make that possible. For the second stretch goal, upgrades to the website would include:
- A new look designed with online reading in mind, both on computers and mobile devices. A simple, easy-on-the-eyes look that doesn't sacrifice function.
- A completely new submission system. Streamlined to make it easier for authors, and will enable authors to track the status of their submissions. it'll also speed up the process on our end, which means our turnaround time will be faster.
- An integrated online store, for readers who'd rather buy direct from us than through a giant retailer. Will also make it possible for us to offer limited items like signed and out-of-print books.
- Magazine subscriptions managed through the website, which will make every aspect of sharing the magazine much easier for us and for subscribers.
And if we manage to make it ALL the way to the fourth stretch goal? Every issue of CG Magazine from issue #19 on will have an additional story! More great fiction for the same cost!
Some of the rewards you can get by supporting CG Magazine!
NEW! "I'll Take One of Everything!" Can't decide what you want? Get ALL of it! This bundle includes:
- BOTH sticker Sheets: SuperUterus/WonderWomb & Destroying SFF Since _____
- BOTH 4" x 6" cover art prints
- BOTH 8" x 10" cover art prints
- ALL FOUR t-shirts (Geek Swears, SuperUterus, Running Girl, CGP: Everything Wrong)
- Short story critique (up to 8000 words) from a CG Magazine editor
- 1-hour Skype or Google Hangout with the CGP publishers
- Pick a theme for an upcoming CG Magazine issue
- Portrait by Kay Holt in the style of Not Normal
- GIANT ebook bundle
- Ebooks of CG Magazine Books 1, 2 & 3 (forthcoming)
- 1-year ebook subscription to CG Magazine
This bundle, at $300, is 47% off all those items at regular cost, and includes free shipping!
For the print version, you get all the same stuff, plus the giant PRINT bundle, PRINT copies of CG Magazine Books 1, 2 & 3, and a 1-year PRINT subscription! (Sorry about the cost, international folks - shipping books overseas is really expensive!) the print bundle saves you 32%, and includes free shipping!
NEW! Amazing woodworker Craig Allen has offered some of his creations!
T.A.R.D.I.S. Prime: GONE! Some of you may remember the T.A.R.D.I.S. Prime from our last Kickstarter! Craig only made 10 of these amazing pieces, which transform from a T.A.R.D.I.S. with flashing blue light into a robot with light-up eyes. They are all-wood construction, the only exceptions being a few small metal nails and the mechanism for the lights. Craig graciously offered us two for our last Kickstarter, and now, he's offering the LAST TWO of these incredible hand-made works of art! After these two are gone they'll never be available again!
FAERIE DOORS: GONE! Faerie Doors are a whimsical take on homes for urban faeries (read more here about the Ann Arbor Faerie Doors). These adorable 8" to 10" doors can go under staircases, lead inside trees, or anywhere else a faerie might want to call home! Craig has hand-made a small number of T.A.R.D.I.S. and Hobbit Hole faerie doors, and is offering them here. LIMITED! When they're gone, they're GONE! (Note: The Hobbit Hole faerie doors vary a bit in appearance and may not look exactly like the one in the picture above.)
Important notes on rewards:
- All ebooks will be provided in ePub, Mobi and PDF formats.
- All rewards which include print books also come with the ebooks of those titles.
- If you're already a subscriber, any subscription reward will begin directly following your existing subscription.
- If you're a new subscriber, your subscription will begin with issue #19 (July 2014).
If you want to add any of these items to your rewards, increase your pledge by the indicated amount:
- SuperUterus/Wonder Womb Sticker sheet - $5 ($6 international)
- Crossed Genres Magazine's 2013 Books One & Two (ebooks) - $12
- 4" x 6" cover art print (either) - $10 ($11 international)
- 8" x 10" cover art print (either) - $20 ($30 international)
- T-shirt (any 1, up to 3XL) - $25 ($35 international)
Just last month, we were notified that CG Magazine had been given official status as a SFWA qualifying market. It's a goal we've been working towards since we launched our very first issue in December 2008.
But the elation of reaching the goal was tempered by the knowledge that we need this Kickstarter to succeed in order to not lose that status - indeed, to not lose the magazine altogether. Both of CG's publishers are out of work and we can't afford to put our own money into keeping the magazine going. That's why we've turned to you. And we sincerely hope this is the last time the magazine needs a Kickstarter! Thanks very much for your support!
- Bart, Kay & Kelly
Risks and challenges
We've been running Crossed Genres for over 5 1/2 years now, and this is our fifth Kickstarter - we have a pretty good handle on how to run the magazine as well as our other publications, and take care of rewards fulfillment.
The one area which might take some time to deal with would be the new website, since we'd be working with the designers on a completely new, ground-up site. But the folks who'll work on it are pros.
The higher pay and potential extra story in the stretch goals would mean some extra work for us, but we're taking steps to be ready in case we get there so they don't cause any delays. We've encountered all kinds of issues over the years, so we've learned to prepare for problems. ... "Plan for the worst, hope for the best."Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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