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Many genres. No limits. Just good stories.

WE DID IT! Thanks so much to everyone who has pledged. 

There are still two days left, and you can pledge up until the very end. Any money raised above the goal will be split between the writers, artists, and funding future issues of the magazine. We will be selling eBooks and PDFs once the magazine is published, but there will be no additional print copies for sale. The only way to get one of those is to pledge here and choose it as a reward before the end of the day Friday.

As a thank you to our backers, every backer, at every pledge level, will also be receiving a special Fireside bookmark. This includes any further backers between now and the end of the campaign tomorrow night.

We also have all-backer rewards if we hit further milestones:

If the Kickstarter hits $7,250, backers at every level will receive a printed, signed backers-only short story in addition to the Fireside bookmark.

And if we hit $8,500, everyone will also receive a Fireside tote bag.

What is Fireside?

Just-the-facts version: It is a magazine of fiction. It will cross genres, with the only criteria for the stories being that they are the kind that make pages turn like they are being blown in the wind. I hope to make it a quarterly magazine, with four stories and a comic in Issue No. 1. I'm raising money for that first issue.

(Not familiar with Kickstarter? Essentially, you pledge any amount to support a project, and then choose one of the rewards in the right column. You only get charged if the project reaches its fundraising goal. Here's the FAQ page.)

The stories in No. 1 will be written by Tobias Buckell, Ken Liu, Chuck Wendig, and Christie Yant. The comic will be created by D.J. Kirkbride and Adam P. Knave. The cover artist is Amy Houser, who also produced and narrated the project video. You can read about all the contributors below or on the Fireside website.

Besides wanting to publish good stories, my other goal is to pay the contributors fairly for their work. Currently, for fiction, the rate that is considered professional is 5 cents a word. For a 4,000-word story, which is the upper word limit for Fireside, that would be $200. That's not all that much, considering how much work goes into a short story. I've set my budget, and the Kickstarter goal, at 12.5 cents a word ($500 for a 4,000-word story).

Sound interesting? For $2, you can get a PDF of Fireside No. 1. For $4, you can get an eBook too. Got $10? Then you can also get the printed magazine, which will only ever be offered to supporters of the Kickstarter. (The electronic versions will be sold online.) For $25, you can get a print copy autographed by one of the writers, and for $100, they will name a character in their story after you. And if just seeing your name in print isn't enough, for $150, your name and likeness will be used in the comic.

As for where that money will go, the $6,500 fundraising goal covers the costs of No. 1. Of that, 57 percent will go to the writers, artists, and other freelancers collaborating on the magazine. 28 percent will cover printing and shipping costs. 10 percent goes to Kickstarter and Amazon for processing the payments. The balance, about 5 percent, is to cover miscellaneous costs or to maybe even turn a little profit.

Thanks so much for checking this out, and for any support you can offer!

Tell-me-a-story version: Dancing flames. Smoke in my nostrils. Absolute black outside the shallow circle of light. Words spoken in a low voice, barely audible above the crackle of the burning wood. A chill in the air, and along my spine.

My favorite thing about the boy scouts was camping, and the best thing about that was the nights we'd gather around a bonfire, impossibly big in the eyes of a scrawny 11-year-old city boy. We'd get settled, aching happily from a moonlit game of capture-the-flag, and then the scout master would tell the story.

It wasn't always a scary one. But it usually was. The best ones kept us on the edge of our logs or whatever we had dragged over. We hung on the words, from start to bloody finish.

I was reminded of this when I was reading the introduction to the "Stories" anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio earlier this year. In it, Gaiman writes of his response to a question about what quote he would want inscribed on the wall of  the kids' section in a public library. He captured the reason why we love good stories in his response:

I'm not sure I'd put a quote up, if it was me, and I had a library wall to deface. I think I'd just remind people of the power of stories, of why they exist in the first place. I'd put up the four words that anyone telling a story wants to hear. The ones that show it's working, and that pages will be turned:

"... and then what happened?"

When I started thinking about putting out the magazine, it was that idea that stuck in my head. I wanted to publish something that crossed genres, be it sci-fi, horror, fantasy, crime, mystery, or wherever else I could find good stories, like the ones I used to hear sitting around those fires.


Writers

Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has published some 50 stories in various magazines and anthologies. His latest novel is Arctic Rising, coming out soon from Tor Books. Website: TobiasBuckell.com

D.J. Kirkbride is one of the editors and a contributing writer for all four volumes of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning POPGUN comic book anthology from Image Comics. Recently, he and co-writer Adam P. Knave collected their stories from POPGUN 3 and 4 into a 28-page one-shot comic called AGENTS OF THE W.T.F. drawn by Matteo Scalera. He’s also an editor for the SmarterComics line of business and self-improvement books. In addition to his comics work, D.J. went and wrote a book of ninja poetry called DO YOU BELIEVE IN NINJAS? from Creative Guy Publishing. Twitter: @djkirkbride Website: djkirkbride.com

Adam P. Knave is a Eisner and Harvey writer and editor who has written fiction (CRAZY LITTLE THINGS and STRANGE ANGEL, STAYS CRUNCHY IN MILK), comics (AGENTS of the W.T.F. and THINGS WRONG WITH ME) and columns for sites such as thefoonote, TwoHeadedCat, PopCultureShock and MamaPop. He is also one of the editors of Image’s POPGUN anthology as well as other comic projects. Twitter: @adampknave Website: adampknave.com 

Besides being a writer, Ken Liu is also a translator, programmer, and lawyer. His fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife are collaborating on their first novel. Twitter:@kyliu99 Website: kenliu.name

Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. His “vampire-in-zombieland” novel, DOUBLE DEAD, is out now, and the first two Miriam Black novels (BLACKBIRDS and MOCKINGBIRD) release in 2012. He has several e-books on writing available, the newest being 500 WAYS TO BE A BETTER WRITER. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and newborn progeny and you can find him dispensing profane and probably unwise writing wisdom at his website, terribleminds.com. Twitter: @ChuckWendig

Christie Yant is a science fiction and fantasy writer, Assistant Editor for Lightspeed Magazine, occasional narrator for StarShipSofa, and co-blogger atInkpunks.com, a website for aspiring and newly-pro writers. Her fiction can be found in the magazine Crossed Genres and the anthologies The Way of the Wizard, Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011, and Armored. She lives on the central coast of California with her two amazing daughters, her husband, and assorted four-legged nuisances. Twitter: @inkhaven. Website: inkhaven.net

Artist

Amy Houser is an illustrator and toy designer who has created for such companies as Disney, Mattel, Hasbro, Evil Hat Productions, Penny Dreadful Productions, and more. Her illustrations have been seen on Tor.com and in such games as Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, Suzerain, and the Dresden Files RPG. She is currently working on a webcomic, "REMNANT", to be released in 2012. She sleeps little, drinks much coffee, and enjoys her rare free time with her husband in their lovely, occasionally-underwater Victorian outside of Philadelphia, Pa. Twitter: @amylikestodraw Website: amyhouser.com

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