What is Fireside?
Fireside is a quarterly magazine of short fiction and comics. We have two goals. One is to publish great storytelling without regard to genre. As I like to quote Neil Gaiman, we want stories make the reader say, "And then what happened?"
Our other goal is to pay writers and artists at a rate that helps them make a living from their creative work. The current rate considered professional for short fiction is 5 cents per word. In Fireside, which publishes stories of 2,000-4,000 words, that would translate to $100 to $200, which isn't much considering the time that goes into writing, revising, and polishing a story. Fireside pays 12.5 cents per word, which means $250-$500, and we have what we hope are equivalent rates for our artists.
We Kickstarted our first issue at the beginning of the year, and now we're trying to do it again. This time around, we are experimenting with a three-week campaign instead of the standard 30 days. It seems that for most Kickstarters, the first and last weeks are the big ones, with a very slow pace in the middle. So we're cutting the middle in half!
So what's the goal here?
The basic idea is to raise $6,000 to publish eBook and print editions of Issue Two. What will this pay for? 68% goes to the writers, artists, and designers. 24% will cover the cost of printing, rewards, and shipping. The remaining 8% or so goes to Kickstarter and Amazon for processing the payments.
We have a grander goal, though! We'd like to not have to Kickstart every issue of the magazine. So for every $5,000 beyond the goal that we raise, a new eBook issue of Fireside will be published in PDF, Mobi, and ePub formats. EVERY backer of this Kickstarter at $2 or above will receive EVERY eBook issue funded this way. So if you are a backer and we raise $11,000, you will get Issues Two and Three. If we raise $16,000, you will get Issues Two, Three, and Four, and so on! We only need $5,000 for the eBook issues because we'll have no printing, reward, or shipping costs.
If we raise more than the initial $6,000 goal but not enough to print a third issue, that money will go toward lowering the goal of our next Kickstarter.
OK. Now tell me about Issue Two!
We have a terrific lineup. Issue Two will feature short stories by Stephen Blackmoore, Damien Walters Grintalis, Kat Howard, and Jake Kerr. It will have a comic penciled and inked by Steven Walker and written by, well, me, Brian White, editor of Fireside. Frank Cvetkovic will letter the comic. Our cover artist is Galen Dara. The print magazine will be designed by Robert Davis, and the eBooks will be designed by Pablo Defendini. (Writer and artist bios can be found below.)
Do you have anyone lined up for Issue Three?
We do! For Issue Three, we will have short stories by Daniel Abraham, Elizabeth Bear, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Our comic will be written by Rachel Deering. Artists are still in the works, and we are holding a short story slot for open submissions. We hope to begin accepting submissions for Issue Three and future issues sometime later this summer.
What about rewards?
You can find full details on the right, but we have a ton of great stuff. In addition to the eBook and print editions of Issue Two (plus eBook copies of EVERY issue we fund in this Kickstarter), you can get autographed copies of the magazine; bookmarks and keychains; a print of the cover art; your name featured in one of the stories; your likeness featured in the comic or a piece of original art by Galen Dara; autographed final manuscripts of the stories; autographed pieces of the original art drawn by Galen and Steve Walker; and lifetime subscriptions to the magazine.
Thanks to Jason Hunter for doing a terrific job editing the project video. (Need a video editor? You can reach him at jasonhunter [at] gmail [dot] com.)
We really appreciate your taking the time to look at Fireside and for any help you can offer us!
Issue Two contributors
Stephen Blackmoore is a writer of short stories, novels, and really pompous, pretentious essays. His latest book, the paranormal noir City of the Lost, is out through DAW books. You can catch his mad ramblings at stephenblackmoore.com or his writings about true crime in Los Angeles at L.A. Noir. Contrary to what you may have heard he does not have rabies. Anymore. Find him on Twitter @sblackmoore.
Galen Dara is an illustrator who has worked with Edge Publishing, Dagan Books, Apex, Scapezine, Tales to Terrify, Peculiar Pages, Sunstone, and the LovecraftZine. She is on the staff of BookLifeNow, blogs for the Inkpunks, and writes the Art Nerd column at the Functional Nerds. When Galen is not working on a project you can find her on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, climbing mountains or hanging out with a loving assortment of human and animal companions. Find her online at galendara.com and on Twitter @galendara.
Damien Walters Grintalis lives in Maryland with her husband, two former shelter cats, and two rescued pit bulls. She is an Assistant Editor of Electric Velocipede, a staff writer with BooklifeNow, and her debut novel, Ink, will be released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror. Find her online at dwgrintalis.blogspot.com and on Twitter @dwgrintalis.
Kat Howard's short fiction has appeared in a variety of places, including the anthology Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, Lightspeed, and Subterranean. She is also the content editor for Fantasy-Matters.com. She writes with a fencing foil by her desk and may well be in transit as you read this. Find her online at Strange Ink and on Twitter @KatWithSword.
Jake Kerr began writing short fiction in 2010, after fifteen years as a music industry columnist and journalist. In 2011, Lightspeed published his debut story, The Old Equations, in its July issue. The story went on to be finalist for best novelette at the Nebula Awards. Kerr will return to the pages of Lightspeed this year with his story Requiem in the Key of Prose. A graduate of Kenyon College with degrees in English and Psychology, Kerr studied under writer-in-residence Ursula K. Le Guin and Peruvian playwright Alonso Alegria. He is currently working on his first novel. Kerr lives in Dallas, Texas. Find him online at jakekerr.com and on Twitter @jakedfw.
Steve Walker is a freelance comics artist having published with companies such as Image Comics, Random House Books — most notably the first two volumes in the graphic novel series The Sons of Liberty — and the upcoming The Battle of Blood And Ink, for Tor Books. When not pushing lead at his drawing table, Steve can be found teaching comics and sequential art at the Art Student’s League in Manhattan. He lives in Pennsylvania. Find him online at stevejwalkerstudio.blogspot.com and on Twitter @The_SteveWalker.
Issue Three contributors
Daniel Abraham is a nationally bestselling author of fourteen books and more than thirty short stories. His work has been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) as James S. A. Corey. Find him online at the-expanse.com and on Twitter @abrahamhanover.
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 in the science fiction and fantasy genre, and has received two 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.
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 is 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.
I didn't get in on the Issue One Kickstarter, but the only reward here that includes Issue One is the $7 level. What if I want a higher-level reward but also want a copy of Issue One?
We didn't think about that when we were wording the rewards, and we aren't allowed to change the wording now. So here's the deal: Anyone who pledges $10 or more and wants an eBook copy of Issue One will get one. (We'll check in with you after the Kickstarter is over.)
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