Doug here, founder of eFiction. I'm thrilled to be able to be writing this right now. Two and a half years ago, when this project first started I had absolutely no idea how much it would change my life. My little kernel of a dream has turned into a fully fledged all-American dream™ and it is so close to coming true. Perhaps with your help it can!
So eFiction, the original magazine, was started in 2010 by college-sophomore-me in a house with ten other college-aged guys. College was a wild time. I guess having my brain cells obliterated by schoolwork and exams enabled me to come up with this crazy idea and actually pursue it. And pursue it I did!
I've grown up a lot since then, and so has eFiction. It's now read all over the world by thousands. Writers from around the globe send in stories. People from China, Iran, India, Australia, the UK, Germany, France, and of course my home country of the US. It's amazing all the people our readers get to meet.
What's really great about eFiction is that it is a community-powered magazine. That means that the community decides what stories make it into the issue, the community revises the pieces, and the community promotes it upon release. The only thing the community doesn't do is manage the website and do layout. I am the lucky one who gets to do those jobs...
So this Kickstarter is all about expanding the magazine. We've hit a bit of a plateau. Not that my job isn't fun, but I know it could be at least five times more fun. That's why I started this funding project. To increase the fun levels for the eFiction community by five times by launching five new magazines.
We're launching magazines in five major genres: Romance, Noir, Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction. We need your help to make sure they launch hard right out of the gate.
I envision that these magazines will become not only entertaining places to find genre-specific short stories, but also resources to find in-genre book reviews, articles about the latest goings-on in the genre, and interviews with authors of the genre. In my dream, they are the ultimate genre-specific periodical. I want our subscribers to be able to peruse each issue and find stories they love, meet authors they want to read, and also be informed about what books are coming out in the near future or who won which award. I want the magazines to be dialed in to the heartbeat of the genre. I know we can grow the magazines to that point, especially with your help.
The money is going to pay the contributors first and foremost. I don't have the cash on hand to pay writers as much as I want to. I don't have the cash on hand to eat a better meal than spaghetti and hot dogs, but that's the price I pay for my passion and I wouldn't want it to change. Anyway, I want to pay writers a professional rate for their work. To do that, we need to raise the funds to launch these magazines. Once the magazines launch, we'll have subscribers who pay us and in turn pay the writers.
There's other miscellaneous costs like paying our resident copy editors (who work very hard and are not compensated enough), buying domain names, purchasing rights for magazine covers, and procuring shwag. But the vast majority of the funds will go to writers. As well it should!
I hope you help us find funding. We know that you'll enjoy reading great shorts in your favorite genre each month. Plus, you might find a new author you love. Please help us and spread the word to your bookish friends. I'm sure they'd be happy you let them know!
Have a question?
If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
BACKER: You receive a one year subscription to three genres of your choice (or three for one). Plus, you will be credited on the website as a 'Backer.' And you will receive an eFiction sticker and a postcard from Doug.
PATRON: Become a patron of the magazine. You receive all previous levels, plus a lifetime subscription to all future issues of all six editions of eFiction, an eFiction USB flash drive containing all back issues, and you have access to the Patron group on eFictionMag.com.
DIRECTOR: You will be a director of the magazine. This entitles you to an all-access pass to all issue of eFiction that have ever been or will ever be. In addition to any multimedia projects that are released by eFiction Publishing.
Plus, you'll receive a special insignia denoting your rank on the eFictionMag.com site.
You also will receive a special edition print version of the magazine that includes behind-the-scenes interviews with contributors, concept art, failed logo/cover designs, and an in depth article from Doug about the origin of the magazine and what went into making it into what it is now.