In 2014, we came to you with our vision, to launch a new kind of publishing company that was all about the story and fully supports our authors. The Kickstarter community responded and we raised 120% of our goal. That money went to fund our launch party, the purchase of ISBN's and USB flash drives, and the basic costs of printing the first aois21 annual literary magazine. Now a year later, we're back again, but with a much more focused goal in mind: Help us support independent authors and artists!
What's new for the 2015 aois21 annual?
The 2015 aois21 annual will build on the foundation made in 2014. Sixteen contributors came together to submit 11 poems, five short stories, two excerpts, 14 photographs, and one art collage, making 72 pages of content. We want to improve on that for 2015, by taking on more entries in each section and including Essays. More space means more people can take part and we have can have a wider range of content across genres. Our second issue will build on the strong base that the premiere issue constructed, but in order to go bigger, we must first get smaller.
The second aois21 annual will be 7"x10", aligning us to the industry standard. Additionally, we are aiming for 100 pages in order to have it glue bound rather than as a pamphlet, further adopting the formats employed by literary magazines the world over. In order to make everything fit, we will also be shrinking our font size. The first annual had a body text at size 11, while the second will shrink to size 8, about the size of newsprint.
How will we get more submissions?
We're excited to have new opportunities to reach out to authors in 2015. In addition to new Creatives at aois21, we have also reached out to more authors, poets, and artists throughout the Washington, DC, metro area. We will use these contacts in organizations such as the Virginia Writers' Club and the Maryland Writers Association to get more local authors in addition to those that submit from around the world. Of course, all of last year's contributors will be invited to contribute again. With the expected increase of submissions, we are going to need some help to judge what should be included.
What kind of rewards can you get?
This year's rewards are catered toward making this magazine an inclusive process. The keystone reward is the $100 reward (limit 5) that allows supporters to sit on the review board to help Editor in Chief Corey Parker and Publisher Keith F. Shovlin determine what content should be included. Each member will be assigned a different area (poetry, short stories, essays, excerpts, and photography/art). They will be asked to review submissions as they come in and help build a collection that will entertain all audiences. Additional reward levels will include:
- Be a featured guest at our launch party in early October. Contributors and aois21 Creatives will read their works at a DC area establishment and you'll be recognized for your support.
- See it before it's printed! If you donate at the $210 level, you'll get to review the digital copy before it goes to print and help make final changes before we send it out.
- Your Ad Here! We're making advertising space available starting at a quarter page and ramping up from there. As a Kickstarter supporter, you can insure you'll have a quarter page to promote your book, business, site, or service. Please refer to aois21's advertising policy before selecting this option.
- Your name in print! As with last year, each supporter will be listed in the annual, this time on the back cover. You're name will also be added to the list of Partners & Supporters on the aois21 website and we will thank you repeatedly on Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and more.
What's your money paying for?
With your support, we'll be able to make this magazine real, and provide the type of support emerging artists and authors need. Last year's costs came to over $10 per print issue, which were sold for $12. This leaves a minuscule amount to be paid out to contributors for their work. Your support will go entirely to covering the print and editing costs, in addition to the launch party in October. This way, contributors will split a majority of the $12 cover price, after distribution costs, meaning more money for content creators!
Our $1,200 goal will cover an initial run of 100 print copies of the second aois21 annual. It will also pay the aois21 editorial staff for their work so that submissions remain free. We will work with a local literary spot to host the launch party to keep costs low, but still want to be able to provide food and drink for those in attendance. These costs are all within reach and aois21 will pick up any costs that go beyond what was raised so that the contributors benefit the most.
This Kickstarter will run until August 1st, the first day submissions will be open for the annual. As with last year, there will be no submission fee, whether this Kickstarter succeeds or fails. With your support, we will be able to accept more works, maintain a high level of quality, and give back to our contributors with each sale of the annual!
What about stretch goals?
Our Stretch Goals are simple, at least starting out. They focus on two things, printing more copies and improving the final product.
- If we get 55 supporters and up, and reach $1,500, we will print an additional 50 copies.
- If we get to $1,750, we'll have color on all of our photo pages throughout the annual.
- If we reach $2,000, the entire magazine will be in color with accents on almost every page.
- If we are fortunate to surpass $2,100 (our goal from last year), your funds will help a variety of new aois21 projects including a few new endeavors to support our authors and those that use our services.
Risks and challenges
The main risk and challenge will be to bring in new content that maintains the level of quality a reader would expect from a literary magazine. Although our review board will be made up of supporters, they will be advising the Editor in Chief and Publisher, who will still have final say. Last year we had 16 contributors purely through online promotion, networking, and word of mouth. By tapping local author groups, we should have no trouble duplicating and exceeding that number.
The next risk comes from being able to handle the material we receive and making sure everything is reviewed prior to publication. We are actively seeking out candidates for our editing team and will continue to bring on skilled editors for short-term projects at reasonable rates.
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