UPDATE: THE STRETCH GOAL
We've reached our Bare-Bones Goal! A big, special thanks to ALL our backers. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! But we're not finished yet! We really want to pay our writers at pro-rates. They deserve it! So we'll make a promise: If you get us to $3000, David and I will put in the rest to get to our "Pro-Rate Goal." So tell your friends (especially if they're writers). Now back to our regularly scheduled programing:
Waylines is a bi-monthly speculative fiction magazine that will publish science-fiction, fantasy and horror, but will also try something a little different. We will also stream short genre films. With backers like you, we hope to fully fund our first year of Waylines Magazine.
Right now we are working on issue #1 and are scheduled to launch in January 2013. We've opened up submissions and already have a number of surprises lined up. Here's what we can tell you about Issue 1 (for now).
At the moment this first issue is being done out of our own pockets, and our limited means won't last long. With a fully funded magazine we can do even more with this first issue and we can go on to publish our first year (6 total issues) of Waylines Magazine!
Waylines will be available for FREE at http://www.waylinesmagazine.com with an intuitive, easy to use interface and will feature art and imagery in addition to the stories. In each issue we will feature 3 or 4 short works of fiction, 1 editorial, 1 film, interviews and more. We also plan to have a Downloadable Edition that will feature everything from the website -- the short stories, all the artwork, the editorials, the interviews, etc -- but it will also have an interview with our selected film's filmmaker, extended versions of the interviews on the site, and additional articles and features exclusive to the Downloadable Edition. It will be available in either epub, kindle or pdf formats and we hope to distribute via Amazon and other outlets.
We are fans of classic sci-fi. Everything from Delany to Dick to Clarke to Moorcock to Le Guin to newer writers such as Kij Johnson, Nnedi Okarafor, China Mieville, and Ted Chiang, as well as so many others. And we are especially fans of the visual format, things like The Twilight Zone, Star Wars, The Matrix, and Dark City. We also want to read more good horror and fantasy. So that leads to Waylines. What we want is to find more great stories. What we want is to see more of that life-changing, classic, mind-bending fiction.
We are both fans of many of the other speculative fiction magazines out there. We read Asimov's, Analog, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and lots more regularly. So why should there be another magazine on the market exactly like them? That is a great question. And we have a great answer: We won't be exactly like them. In addition to the type of fiction that we'd like to publish, we also wish to have our own vibe. Part of that vibe is to have different things to offer. In addition to written fiction, Waylines will feature a short film from one of the genres. There are lots of great short film gems out there, just no one ever hears about them. So what we plan is to make one film available on our site for each issue (we'll have filmmakers submit, just like writers). We will then do a short write-up on the film in our Downloadable Edition to help promote the film.
Darryl Knickrehm - Co-Founder / Co-Editor / Art
A director/writer with seven short films under his belt, and producer/co-founder of the Kansai International Film Festival in Osaka, Japan, Darryl is also a fan of science-fiction and horror. Darryl is editing along with David, but contributes art to the magazine as well. He is also in charge of the film selections.
David Rees-Thomas - Co-Founder / Co-Editor
A graduate of the Clarion West Workshop, David is a writer and fan of science-fiction. Also previously a managing editor at Ideomancer Magazine, he is experienced in the publishing field. David is the senior editor, managing submissions and writing a bi-monthly editorial for Waylines.
Our Bare Bones Goal is our main target and if we reach this, we will become a successfully funded Kickstarter project. We also have some stretch goals, like our Pro-Rate, Complete Goal and Beyond Goals and with these we can do more for our writers and filmmakers. Because in truth, what we get is going to the writers and filmmakers. And what they give will go straight back to you. Help us get the best stories for you.
MAIN GOAL ($2000): This is the amount we need to become a successful Kickstarter project and this will be enough for the bare essentials to run the magazine. That includes costs like maintaining the site and paying our writers at semi-pro rates ($.02 a word). It's not much, but we can do a lot with it.
STRETCH GOAL #1 ($4500): If we reach this level, we can pay our writers at pro-rates ($.05 a word). That means we can pay writers what we would like to pay them.
STRETCH GOAL #2 ($6000): If we reach this goal, we can be the magazine we truly want to be. In addition to paying pro-rates for stories, with this amount we can afford the fees to open up submissions for films on Withoutabox.com.
STRETCH GOAL #3 ($????): Even more and we can advertise for the magazine, accept longer stories, possibly go monthly and just do more better.
Our Bare Bones goal is what we need to be a fully funded Kickstarter project. But we'd love to be a pro-level magazine. We have the drive, the background and the passion. But no matter the amount we raise, we are dedicating ourselves to make the best magazine possible with the best content possible.
We have a lot of goodies for our supporters. Each is described in detail on the side.
And with a donation to any of the Packs, you will get access to our Zero Issue. It will feature origin stories and articles about Waylines, but more importantly it will feature a story from Sandra Odell and include an interview with her about her new book, The Twelve ways of Christmas from Hydra House. And now we are making a short film specifically for the issue: Life Lessons to Learn from a Kappa. And this is only available to you Kickstarters. Available in mid-December.
Risks and challenges
One challenge will be finding the right kind of story. We are receiving a nice amount of submissions so far, but only a small amount is what we are looking for AND up to our standards. We believe as the Magazine grows, and as we can offer higher pay-rates, our submission base will increase. In addition, we would also like to attract big names from time to time. That is more likely with pro-level pay.
Another challenge will be finding filmmakers interested in streaming their video. We've seen a lot of great short films out there, but we can screen them only if they submit, or if they give us permission to screen their work (and that may come at a high cost). Being able to setup submissions on Withoutabox.com would streamline the submission and exposure process, but we will also be scouting for great films to screen on our own.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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