What is Fireside?
We’re a quarterly fiction and comics magazine. Fireside is all about great storytelling, regardless of genre. Storytelling like the kind I used to hear at camp, flames lighting our faces in the dark. The stories that keep you asking “What happens next?”
We’ve published crime, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and non-genre stories so far, and we hope to keep mixing in new facets of fiction. No issue has the same mix, and we think that’s a lot of fun.
Fireside is also about paying writers and artists well. Our rate for short stories is 12.5 cents per word, more than double what is considered professional, 5 cents per word. This translates into $500 for a 4,000-word story, which we think is good compensation for the amount of time it takes to write and revise a good short story. We also pay what we hope are equally fair rates to our artists, comic writers, and designers.
Fireside launched earlier this year, and we have been using Kickstarter as a preorder system for each issue. Every reward includes an electronic version of Fireside, and most include a print version. And there are lots of extra goodies at higher pledge levels.
So who’s in Issue Three?
We’re really excited about our lineup. Issue Three will include short stories by Daniel Abraham, Elizabeth Bear, and Mary Robinette Kowal, as well as one by Lucas J.W. Johnson, who is the first of the eight writers we found stories from during an open-submissions period in August. We’ll have a comic written by Rachel Deering and drawn by Christine Larsen. And our artist for the issue is Lisa Grabenstetter. (Bios of all the contributors can be found below.)
How about those rewards?
All the details are in the column at the right, but rewards start at $2 for a PDF of Issue Three. You can get eBooks for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other eReaders for $4, and a print edition of Issue Three for $10. The extra goodies include autographs (both on the magazine and on the novels by some of our writers), prints of the cover art, getting your name or likeness into Issue Three, mosaic coasters made by my wife Lauren, and pieces of the original comic-book art.
Note: Anyone who pledges for a reward of $15 or more will have the option of receiving eBooks of Issues One and Two as described in the $9 reward.
How will you use the money?
Two-thirds of our $6,500 goal will be used to pay the writers, artists, and designers. Kickstarter and Amazon take 10% to handle the transactions. The rest of the money will be used to pay for printing and shipping the magazine and to cover the costs of the other rewards.
Just our thanks for reading! We hope you’ll join us in creating Issue Three.
Issue Three contributors
Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the author of a number of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories and has received three Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2005), a Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award, an Asimov’s Reader’s Choice award, a Spectrum Award, and an honorable mention for the Philip K. Dick Award. She lives in a drafty Victorian in Massachusetts with a giant, ridiculous dog. Find her online at elizabethbear.com and on Twitter @matociquala.
Rachel Deering was born on October 10, 1983, in a small town in Northeastern Kentucky. Growing up in such a withdrawn region, far from the influence of popular culture and learned folk, she began to develop a twisted imagination, uniquely her own. Okay, so she had a little help from the meager selection of B-Grade horror flicks at the local “movie trailer.” Renting tapes from a creepy old man in a smoke-filled trailer should have been fuel enough for her nightmares, but her appetite for the macabre was insatiable. Now that she's all grown up, she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her wife and 5-pound chihuahua named Hazel. She works as a freelance writer and letterer for comics, and plays in a heavy metal band on the side. Find her on Twitter @racheldeering.
Lisa Grabenstetter was raised by trees. Or among trees, depending on how you'd like to phrase it. She has a degree in fine arts Printmaking (of all things) from Cleveland Institute of Art, and has done work for GUD Magazine, Crossed Genres, and 826 among others. She likes to draw monsters. Find her online at magneticcrow.com and on Twitter @magneticcrow.
Lucas J.W. Johnson is a freelance writer, game designer, and transmedia developer. Fueled by a love of mythology, he lives mostly in the worlds he creates in his head. When he's not there or living on the internet, he lives with his boyfriend in Vancouver, BC. He’s published short stories, designed an online fiction project, writes for Lazy8Studios’ Extrasolar game, and is the co-founder of The Time Tribe, an adventure game for kids. He writes about innovative storytelling under his business Silverstring Media, and about geekery, writing, and queer issues at lucasjwjohnson.com. Find him on Twitter @floerianthebard.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor, 2010) and Glamour in Glass(Tor, 2012). In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She served two terms as the Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Find her online at maryrobinettekowal.com and on Twitter @MaryRobinette.
Christine Larsen, who originated from the Pine Barrens of central Jersey, is a freelance Illustrator by trade, designing and illustrating for comics, cartoons, book covers, textbooks, textiles, posters, and websites. She has worked with clients such as Ape Entertainment, Dark Horse Publishing, Image Comics, DC Online, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Penguin Publishing. Her online comic, La Morte Sisters (written by Tony Trov and John Zito) was nominated for a Harvey Award. The online comic Valentine, illustrated by Christine and written by Alex de Campi, is being released by Image comics. Her artwork has also been featured in licensed properties such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we faced in our first two issues was hitting our deadline in getting the magazines out, given all the moving pieces that have to come together. We were a couple weeks late on Issue One, but got Issue Two out in August as promised. For Issue Three, we think we are in good shape to hit our December shipping goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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