The Magazine — Year Two Book: An Anthology of Curiosity
Get the best of The Magazine's second year of original narrative journalism and essays in a lovely hardcover edition.
The Magazine turned two on October 9, 104 weeks and 53 issues from its first day of publication. We are shutting down after our December 18 issue, and we want to make this, our second book, as our last act.
Last year, to put a stick in the sand and celebrate, and make persistent some of our most intriguing and fun work, we published The Magazine: The Book (Year One) in hardcover and digital editions. The response from readers was so enthusiastic — via our crowdfunding campaign, email, online messages, and in-person meet-ups after publication — that we're eager to go to print again with a volume identical in size and nature shipping no later than February 2015. The Magazine: The Book (Year Two) will feature about 30 essays and reported feature stories of the 100 or so we published in our second year.
This anthology covers researchers "crying wolf," learning to emulate animal sounds; DIY medical gear, making prosthetics and other tools available more cheaply and to the developing world; a fever in Japan that leads to a new friendship; saving seeds to save the past; a hidden library at MIT that contains one of the most extensive troves of science fiction and fantasy novels and magazines in the world; and far, far more. (The full table of contents is below.)
The Magazine is an independent publication run by yours truly, Glenn Fleishman, with the contracted help of managing editor Brittany Shoot. About 80 percent of our income goes to authors, photographers, illustrators, editors (excluding me), proofreaders, and others who help us make our electronic issues. It's been a part-time job for me, and one to which I bring all my love of words and of interesting people and things.
Backing this book supports independent journalism and writing: we paid out half a million dollars to contributors in our first two years, and our print and electronic books are a way for us to pay more and reach more people. All the contributors whose work is featured in this edition will be paid a reprint fee and participate in revising any outdated information or adding an afterword about what's happened since the story first appeared.
The Magazine will cease regular publication with the December 18, 2014, issue. We have had a great run, and this Kickstarter is another part of it: making something real and great that benefits readers, writers, and the subjects of the story all at once. This is our last hurrah, and we'd like it to be great.
To celebrate this new campaign's launch, we are releasing the digital editions of our Year One collection free, forever! If this campaign funds, we will release the digital editions of the Year Two collection free as well!
Because of the costs of producing a print edition, we have turned to crowdfunding this year, as last, to ensure that interest and demand is sufficient to justify the investment of time and money.
This is a limited print edition, targeted at fulfilling this campaign.
Pledge as a Backer or Patron
As a backer, patron, or angel, you receive a handsome 7-by-9–inch full-color hardcover edition of 216 pages with a dust jacket and embossed cloth cover. It's a perfect mate to last year's book.
Backers pledge $30 and receive a hardcover book.
Patrons pledge $100 (one book) or $200 (five books) and get our thanks in every book on the dedication page for your extra help in letting us bring this work to everyone and continue our storytelling mission. The hardcover edition will be signed by the editor and the contributors, and packed and sent lovingly from Seattle.
- Angels pledge $1,000 and receive elaborate banner thanks on the dedication page, a framed copy of your favorite cover (see all of our covers), and 10 copies of the hardcover edition signed by the editor and contributors, and shipped from our Seattle HQ. You can have all the books sent to one location or we can deliver them as gifts.
You can also pledge at a special $55 level and receive the Year Two book when it's published and the Year One hardcover immediately on completion of this campaign in early November 2014 — it will arrive in less than two weeks after the end of the campaign. It's a great gift! (Limited number remaining.)
If you'd like to get more than one copy of the Year One or Year Two book, add $25 for each additional copy of either to your pledge total, and we'll confirm quantities of each when the campaign is complete. (WA State residents, please add $27.38 total, which includes sales tax.)
Year Two books will ship in February 2015, and the electronic edition will be released to everyone for free by January 2015. All prices include the cost of shipping within the United States. See the note below and each reward level about shipping outside of the US. (Washington State residents should add sales tax as noted in the rewards to their pledge totals.)
Table of Contents
The anthology features 29 stories, a mix of reported features and personal essays drawn from our second year of publication. (Contents subject to minor changes before publication.)
Unipiper by Chris Higgins: Portland’s bagpiping, Darth Vader mask wearing, unicycling hero.
Graffiti Hunters by April Kilcrease: Tracking the wily urban explorer via Instagram shots.
Bonus Theme Music
We had this theme music composed by Jeff Tolbert for a podcast series we still hope to launch some day. It captures a lot of our attitude that finds its way into our stories.
For Those Outside the US
We learned something critical the first time around: shipping books outside of America has become absurdly expensive since the elimination of advantageous media rates. Even with an extra shipping fee for international delivery, we barely broke even on the copies we sent worldwide.
This time around, especially without clarity on 2015 shipping prices, we need to add $30 for international shipping to most countries per book, or about $20 per book to Canada. This factors in replacement costs, as about 5% of our internationally shipped books last time around were lost or damaged.
So many people outside of America asked us to add the option that we have. You can pick any reward in any country, and we've listed the shipping costs for U.S. (included), Canada, and the rest of the world.
Risks and challenges
We have a printer selected, a printing quote in hand, all the stories written, and all materials ready to go into production.
Your faithful editor will be managing the production and distribution of this year's book just like the last time around, and I learned a lot about the pain points that caused our backers to receive their books a few weeks after our target.
We are avoiding delays this time by building in a more generous schedule. We revamped our production process so that ebooks can be made easily when all the text and images have been locked down.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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