When we put out our first best-of in November of 2015, we had hoped that it would be a yearly thing. That has turned out not to be the case. Oh, we’ve got the stories, poems and artwork, but we lack the funding. That’s why we’ve swallowed our pride (one bite at a time, which is why it has taken so damn long) and come to you, our readers and fans, for support through our Kickstarter campaign.
The details? Like an unsporting riposte or some arcane magic, we are going to be brief:
Our basic goal is $500 by May 7, 2017 to produce Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Best-of volume 2. We’ll announce the results of the campaign here on our Kickstarter page, our Facebook page, and in our editorial for HFQ issue #32 on May 1, 2017. The Best-Of volume 2 itself will be available September 1, 2017 .
Just what do we produce if we meet this goal?
First, we release the best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly’s stories and poems from issues 9-17.
Second, we continue our tradition of outstanding cover art comparable to volume 1—these will be books you can be proud to show off!
Third, Interior artwork! This is a new step for us; the only weakness of volume 1 was that it had no inside artwork, a problem we intend to correct. Meeting our basic goal allows us to have artwork for every story.
Fourth, essays- just like volume 1 we intend to have essays about the genres of heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and weird fiction by today’s leading authors, editors, and critics.
Up to $225 over our goal, we will add artwork for poetry.
From $225 to $500 over our goal, we will create custom artwork for the book cover.
Anything above $500 over our goal, will be divided between advertising the new best of, paying our fiction and poetry contributors a bonus, and putting money in the kitty for Best-Of #3.
Pledge $5 and receive a PDF, epub, or MOBI edition of HFQ Best-of volumes 1 and 2
Pledge $10 or more and receive a print hardcopy of HFQ Best-of volume 2 (shipping not included)
Pledge $15 or more and receive both the print hardcopy and PDF, ebup, or MOBI edition of HFQ Best-of volume 2 (shipping not included).
Pledge $20 or more and receive the digital and print package, and have your name printed in the HFQ Best-of 2 as a thank you for supporting our endeavor (shipping not included).
Pledge $25 or more and receive the HFQ Best-of volumes 1 and 2 in digital and hardcopy format (shipping not included).
Pledge $50 and above, Benefactor Level!- print + digital copies of both volume 1 and 2, AND get your name listed as a Benefactor (includes shipping).
Risks and challenges
We have already produced one best-of anthology so we have threaded that labyrinth. There risk for backers of this second best-of anthology is somewhere between "slim" and "none".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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