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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

$2,022
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
20
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

We're creating an online magazine dedicated entirely to the world of Young Adult books.

YA is evolving quickly. Some of the most diverse, innovative, and discussion-worthy work being published right now is coming from the Young Adult space. Hundreds of readers across the world are already writing thoughtfully about YA through social media and individual blogs. YA is way overdue for a magazine of its own.

We need a publication by and for readers, thoughtfully curated by a team that believes YA is worthy of reflective critical analysis. We need a magazine that values independent reviewers, one that interrogates Young Adult literature with more nuance than can fit in a tweet. We need to claim space for YA's diverse, growing readership to make its voice heard.

Kirkus meets Bustle meets your Goodreads feed, the Young Adult Reader will approach literary criticism with curiosity and compassion.

With in-depth book reviews and critical analysis, the Young Adult Reader will prioritize "between the covers" content that reflects YA's value. With discussions of publishing trends and interviews with authors and professionals, it will stay in conversation with the world of Young Adult publishing.


Issue Zero


Throughout the campaign, we'll be publishing an "Issue Zero" of top-quality articles that will give you a taste of what the Young Adult Reader will be like. 

Visit our website to read Issue Zero!


Rewards

We've cooked up a wide range of backer rewards for contributions at every level.

Bookish Stickers: Throughout the campaign, we'll be running polls on social media to let YOU choose the sticker design you want included at the $10 level. Backers at higher levels will receive multiple designs!

We're also cooking up a beautiful TBR journal and an amazing tote bag for everyone behind on their Advance Readers' Copy reading:



Plus, there will be buttons, magnets, and opportunities to see your name, ad, or favorite book in the pages of the Young Adult Reader

Our favorite reward is the Kickstarter Exclusive Issue of the Young Adult Reader, which will only be available to backers. Full of exclusive supporter-only content as well as the best articles from our first weeks of publication, the Kickstarter Exclusive Issue will represent our biggest ideas for the magazine.

If we reach our stretch goal (details below), we'll be able to produce a glossy print edition of this issue and mail it to our amazing supporters. 


What Will We Use the Money For?

The Young Adult Reader is committed to compensating contributors for their work. Many new publications gather content by soliciting free work from freelance writers in exchange for "exposure." Instead, we're crowdfunding to make sure we can pay each and every one of the talented writers, artists, and editors making YAR possible, even before we have revenue streams in place.

Our base goal for this campaign is $5,000. We must meet this threshold to be funded; otherwise, you won't have to pay.

That funding will cover launch expenses, fees for contributors to Issue One and the campaign, and, of course, all the Kickstarter rewards and goodies. 


Here's a chart of how our budget will shake out if we get *exactly* $5k:

The blue wedge represents the funds will have left over after fulfilling obligations to contributors, rewarding our backers, and setting aside money for Kickstarter fees and taxes. That 44% will go to YAR's future, going straight to expenses like web hosting, promotion, and contributor fees for regular publication beginning in November.

We've set a conservative minimum goal that we're confident we can reach, but this budget doesn't give us a lot to work with. We know that YA has an invested generous community, so we're hoping it'll show up and help us give YAR a solid foundation. The longer we can support the magazine off Kickstarter funds, the better the magazine will be. We can focus on building a strong foundation of community and contributors before we need revenue streams in place. 

We're hoping to reach at least $10k. Meeting our stretch goal of $10,000 will set the Young Adult Reader up for success, ensuring months of publication while we establish the magazine.

If we reach that stretch goal, we'll also be able to send out the reward we're most excited about: a print edition of the Kickstarter Exclusive Edition. 

Full of exclusive supporter-only content as well as the best articles from our first weeks of publication, the Kickstarter Exclusive Issue will represent our biggest ideas for the magazine.

If we reach our 10k stretch goal, here's what our budget will look like:


This way, in addition to sending out better rewards, we'll be able to send a much higher percentage of your donation (both blue wedges) straight to the writers and artists contributing to the Young Adult Reader.

Risks and challenges

This is our first time launching a project on this scale, so we're grateful that the YA reading community has a deep well of enthusiastic, dedicated writers we can look to for support and expertise.

The biggest danger is not reaching our minimum funding goal. Don't worry, though--we have contingency funds in place to cover campaign expenses. Even if the campaign fails, we'll make sure everyone who helped create Issue Zero is still paid in full on time.

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    Crowd-Chosen Bookish Sticker

    You'll receive one (1) die-cut 2" vinyl sticker with one of the three designs shown. Throughout the campaign, we'll let supporters choose the sticker design they want included in rewards.

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    A beautiful softcover notebook printed with our "Joan or ARCs"-inspired design.

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    This pledge will come with a glossy print edition of the beautifully designed Kickstarter exclusive issue of the Young Adult Reader. The issue will contain selections from the first weeks of YAR, plus exclusive art & articles you can only find in this one-time Kickstarter issue.

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    Notebook + Kickstarter Exclusive Issue

    Pledging at this level entitles you to your very own digital copy of the beautifully designed Kickstarter Issue of the Young Adult Reader, which will contain selections from the first weeks of YAR, plus exclusive art & articles you can only find in this one-time Kickstarter issue.

    If we hit our stretch goal, you'll also receive a glossy print edition at no extra charge!

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    YA Superfan

    To thank you for your amazing support, we'll send a tote bag of bookish goodies and a digital copy of the Kickstarter issue.
    If we reach our stretch goal, everyone who already pledged at this reward will get a physical copy for free!

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    YAR Sponsor

    To thank you for sponsoring the launch of the Young Adult Reader, we'll publish a brief message from you on our website and in the Kickstarter Exclusive digital and print editions. You'll get social media and promotion shoutouts as a valued sponsor of the project.

    We'll send our thanks along with a tote bag of goodies, plus extra print editions if we meet our stretch goal.

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    LIMITED: Deluxe Sponsor

    As a sponsor of our Kickstarter Exclusive Issue, you'll be able to place a half-page ad in the digital magazine we send to backers. It will also be included in the print edition if we meet our stretch goal. Details in FAQ.

    We'll send our thanks along with extra copies of the magazine, two tote bags of goodies, and all the stickers you could want.

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    LIMITED: Honorary Editor

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    As an honorary editor, you'll help us pick a released or upcoming YA title to feature online and in the Kickstarter Exclusive Issue.

    You'll also receive two tote bags of bookish goodies, as well as extra print copies if we meet our stretch goal.

    See details in FAQ.

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    Legendary Hero

    The Editor-in-Chief of the Young Adult Reader will travel to your city and honor your generosity with a one-day performance art installation dedicated to the wonder and glory that is you.

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    Limited time only! Pledge $1 or more and be entered to win a brand-new hardcover copy of a Sept/Oct YA release. Open international!

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