MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine
MYTHIC is an ongoing magazine publishing original science fiction and fantasy stories.
WHAT IS MYTHIC?
Hi, everyone. My name is Shaun Kilgore, editor of MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. I’m the Publisher at Founders House Publishing, a small indie book publishing company that produces MYTHIC.
Inspired by the old pulp magazines of the early to mid-20th century, I started MYTHIC in the summer of 2016. My goal was simple: To offer a new place to showcase unique voices offering new visions in genres that were often pigeon-holed by a few reoccurring themes, setting, characters, and conventions. MYTHIC provided the venue for exploring stories that broke the status quo as well as honoring the best of science fiction and fantasy as whole.
I had a great reception, with many subscribers jumping on board before the first issue appeared in print. The emphasis was and remains on print. MYTHIC is a 7x10 print publication, first and foremost. It offered the most dynamic way to present content I wanted to share. But I could not avoid the realities of readership today. I expanded to include eBook editions of the magazine.
To date, there have been five issues of MYTHIC. I bootstrapped the process essentially on my own, editing, designing, and publishing each one. It’s been an exciting time sharing so many entertaining stories with the readers and subscribers. I was able to make it a paying market, but a lower, flat-rate based one. However, my aspirations for MYTHIC were much higher.
Any ongoing magazine has expenses involved in printing the issue and paying the authors (and maybe paying the editor a little something?). MYTHIC is no exception. I’d recently heard about other magazines by creators I know who achieved funding for their short story magazine ventures via Kickstarter, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’m seeking the funds necessary to keep publishing this magazine and do so while also paying our authors professional rates for their short fiction. As I mentioned, we started as a flat-rate market, but my primary goal is to pay all authors at least 5 CENTS A WORD.
As a quarterly, I like to have plenty of stories so I generally have at least 10 pieces of short fiction per issue though that number has been as high as 13. Book reviews and, in one case, an essay have also been included. As part of this campaign, I want to build off that and add more content and interior illustrations that will make MYTHIC more like the old pulps that originally inspired it.
UPDATE: 1/22/18: WMG PUBLISHING LECTURES (FEATURING DEAN WESLEY SMITH)
Bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith has generously offered to include a lecture of your choice from among those offered WMG Publishing. These are great lectures that provide all sort of information and insight writing professional fiction. (Limited to 10 backers.) Here's more information about them: https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/lecture-series/
UPDATE: 1/23/18 WRITING LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS FROM BESTSELLING WRITER DAVID FARLAND/DAVE WOLVERTON
Author of the bestselling Runelords series David Farland (Dave Wolverton) has generously offered a selection of his lectures. (Heinlein’s Rules, Kickstart Your Career, Worldbuilding, Recharging Your Creative Batteries, and Writing for MG and YA) Plus he has offered two complete courses which you can audit at your own pace, Writing Mastery 1 and Promising Starts. Audited courses allow you access to the same videos and the recorded weekly calls but you work through the assignments on your own. Edited pages are not offered with audited courses. You can find out more about them by visiting www.mystorydoctor.com.
UPDATE: 1/23/18 COMPLETE AUDIOS OF 2017 SUPERSTARS WRITING SEMINAR
Do you want to learn about the business of writing from some of todays’ most successful and bestselling writers working today? The Superstars Writing Seminar was established in 2010 to do just that. Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has graciously offered a complete set of audio recordings (MP3s) from the 2017 Superstars Writing Seminar to you via our Kickstarter. (This is a $245 value.) If you want to know more about Superstars Writing Seminar visit www.superstarswriting.com.
UPDATE: 1/23/18 PRINT EDITIONS OF JOHN MICHAEL GREER'S NOVEL RETROTOPIA
We are offering trade paperback editions of John Michael Greer’s latest novel, Retrotopia as well as a limited number of autographed copies. John is a regular contributor to MYTHIC and one of the authors published through Founders House Publishing.
UPDATE: 1/25/18 BOOKS FROM FOUNDERS HOUSE
I wanted to include a series of print and eBook rewards from among those titles available through Founders House Publishing. Visit www.foundershousepublishing.com to browse the selection of books we have.
If our initial goal of $6,000 is met, we will be able to fund one issue of MYTHIC, paying the authors at least 5 cents a word, covering other expenses of publication. But, we wanted to account for stretch goals, so here are few.
$12,000 – If we reach this amount, we can cover expenses for two issues plus start adding additional content such as regular book review features, interviews, and more.
$18,000 – This amount funds three issues of MYTHIC plus allows us to continue the additional content plus some interior illustrations. All backers receive their choice of one back issue of MYTHIC in print or eBook editions.
$24,000 – We can fund a whole year of MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. This includes four issues including original fiction and other content and illustrations. All backers receive their choice of two back issues of MYTHIC in either print or eBook editions. New subscribers will receive all current back issues in the format of their choice in addition to the four issues of their subscription.
Above $24,000 – If we hit this stretch goal, we will use all additional funding to pay for subsequent issues of MYTHIC and will move towards paying authors 6 cents a word for original short fiction. We will be able to continue our nonfiction features and illustrations.
Risks and challenges
The publishers of MYTHIC know there is always the possibility of delays with printing and shipping from time to time, but we have always delivered our books and magazines to our customers. We will face any challenges and make sure you are provided with a quality magazine every quarter. So, the risks really are minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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