So you got the brief overview in the video above, so I'm going to dive into the real meat and potatoes here in the description.
eFiction truly changed my life. This little idea of mine has become a full-time job for me right out of college. Not only that, it is making waves in the short story industry (yes, there is really a short story industry, a fittingly small industry).
I grew up thinking that I would never really go anywhere. I was a child of less than favorable circumstances in a suburb of Detroit. Just going off statistics, I was set up to be Breaking Bad or in jail by the age I am now.
Instead of focusing on the squalor around me, as a kid, I read fiction to escape and spent a lot of time on the internet. I never really thought that that would go anywhere. In fact, many people around me didn't think so either. There was a lot of blow-back when I started eFiction and wanted to get involved in publishing. I heard that it was a game of luck or that I wasn't going to get anywhere with it; that I was wasting my time. Either people were trying to protect me from disappointment or they had some awesome skills at motivation, because it put a fire under my ass. But I believed in eFiction and had come to believe in myself. I proved them (and my younger self) wrong when I began to succeed with eFiction.
So what is eFiction exactly and why is it succeeding?
eFiction is a collection of community-powered fiction magazines. eFiction, eFantasy, eSciFi, eHorror, eNoir, eSteampunk, eRomance, eHumor, and more are each a separate monthly periodical. But the one constant with all the magazines is the community. Thousands of writers and readers come together to work together to produce the magazines in a multitude of different ways. Readers fund the whole thing. Writers of course produce the content. Volunteer editors (and sometimes paid editors) revise content and make sure it's top quality. Submissions readers (which are both writers and readers) vote on submissions to assure quality as well. Everyone puts a hand in and the resulting magazines are read the world over and are some of the best selling on B&N and Amazon.
The time has come for us to take the next leap. I could go out and find investors to fund the company. But to do that I'd have to give up the community spirit eFiction has had since day one. I won't do that. I can't do that. eFiction is much more than just a company to me. It is where I've met lifelong friends and read stories that have no doubt changed my life in immeasurable ways.
eFiction succeeds where others fail because we approach short fiction the exact opposite way others do.
Some magazines behave like their audience is made up of writers who are seeking to be published next, and for the most part that's what happens. Academic literary journals are read almost exclusively by writing students or alumni.
Other magazines are run by pretentious editors who think that their opinions are gospel and how dare readers question their authority. So they pick stories that appeal to their taste, but that ends up alienating readers.
eFiction's content is decided by around two hundred submissions readers who each have a vote on any story that is submitted. Every vote is weighted equally. The managing editor of the magazine has final say, but at the end of the day, the submissions readers really make the decisions.
What will happen to the funds that we raise?
I will be using the funds to purchase licenses required to create an eFiction app that will be found in all major digital newsstands. It will be free to download and include free stories and miscellaneous other goodies, but the main focus of the app will be to deliver the best short stories to subscribers on every device.
I will also be starting to print the magazines starting with the donor-only eFiction Anthology of all of our most loved stories from the first three years of eFiction (100+ stories!).
So, basically, I will be making great short fiction (and a great community of people who love short fiction) available to anyone, anywhere. And you can have a hand in making that happen.
We also have stretch goals!
These are the amounts of total funding that will unlock better rewards. Check each reward level for the stretch bonuses.
$7,349 we can get audited by the main periodical service(AAM), which would allow us to find better advertisers and make more money which means better content for readers!
$9,955 we can purchase eFiction.com (some squatter wants $2000+ for it! Can you believe that?) and revamp the website to make it much prettier than the version I built.
$14,475 I have about $5000 worth of advertising planned that I want to purchase. I will be purchasing it regardless as money allows, but if we can do it all at once it will have an amplifying effect.
$19,394 If we raise this much, I'll totally rebuild eFiction from scratch. The magazines will be rebranded and the website revamped. I would get real office space in Ann Arbor and finally have a space for me and eFiction editors to work.
I've got some awesome rewards lined up for donors, which you can check out below or in the sidebar.
Author Ally | eFiction never accepts money from
writers. We offer free ads and full subscriptions to contributors. In this
case, some writers might want to donate to this cause. So we are setting the
pledge amount to as low as we can and scaling rewards to match contributions.
Each reward level includes previous reward levels.
$1—full-page ad in the back
of a digital issue.
$14—200 words in first few pages of magazine of your
choice, includes two links.
$27—author platform consultation from Doug.
advertising in magazine ($50 retail).
$44—cover design typography and
finalizing from Doug.
$97—line-by-line content editing from Doug (up to 8,500
$143—full service for you and your work: lifetime subscriptions to all
magazines, one week of on-site advertising at eFictionMag.com, one hour phone
call with Doug to discuss your work, in addition to all previous levels.
Bronze Buddy | Dip your toe into the eFiction community
pool. Donate to this level to receive one digital issue of a magazine in the
genre of your choice carefully laid out, edited and delivered directly to you.
Stretch goal rewards:
7,349—One bonus issue.
9,955—Two bonus issues plus one
14,475—Three one year subscriptions.
subscriptions to all magazines.
Silver Sponsor | Be an early adopter and choose this
level to gain exclusive early access to the eFiction app. One year subscription
to three magazines (or three years to one) plus special mention on thank you
page on website, and personalized postcard from Doug.
Stretch goal rewards:
7,349—One bonus year.
9,955—Three bonus years.
14,475—Lifetime subscriptions to
19,394—Lifetime subscriptions to all magazines plus one page in
Gold Guarantor | Don't just be an early adopter, but
be a true fan with this level of donation. You will receive early access to app
pre-loaded with all past issues of eFiction Publishing magazines. In addition
to a lifetime subscription to all future digital issues.
Stretch goal rewards:
7,349—One page in an issue.
9,955—Copy of limited edition anthology.
14,475—Your name immortalized on thank you page in limited edition anthology.
Platinum Patron | Show your faith in this project with
this donation level. You will gain early access to the eFiction app with all
past issues of eFiction magazines preloaded, plus you will receive future
issues from now until the company publishes its last issue or the end of time,
whichever comes first; as well as a numbered and signed copy of a limited
edition run "Best Of eFiction Anthology" printed only for Kickstarter
donors and shipped to your estate; plus one page in a magazine to
advertise/promote/say whatever you'd like to the eFiction community.
7,349—Limited run eFiction T-Shirt, plus a page in the issue of your
9,955—Phone call from Doug singing your praises and expressing his
14,475—A custom eFiction case for your eReading device.
19,394—Invitation to eFiction celebration party in Ann Arbor, MI.
Diamond Donor | All benefits of previous reader
rewards, plus an annual award dedicated in your name by eFiction, awarded to
the best work in your favorite genre.
Please help us save the short!
Thanks in advance for your donations!