Electric Velocipede, the Hugo-Award winning speculative fiction magazine wants to fund its next year of issues with your help!
We've hit our $5,000 goal in order to be able to publish at least four issues next year. That is just amazing! We can't begin to tell you how thankful we are for your support. The thing is, we'd like to do a little more.
We've had a number of people asking about how they can get back issues electronically. We'd like to be able to offer them and if we meet this stretch goal, then we can!
If we can raise an additional $2,500, we can make electronic versions all of Electric Velocipede's past issues. The money will go towards acquiring digital/electronic rights from the authors (we started as a print magazine; in 2001, almost no one was doing digital) and the conversion of the issues. Once the conversion is done, we'll also make the issues available in places like Amazon, B&N, and Small Beer Press awesome Weightless Books (where you can get PDF versions of Electric Velocipede #15/16 to #23!). http://weightlessbooks.com/
Anyone who has backed us or who chooses to back us at $25 or above will receive electronic editions of all EV back issues should we reach this stretch goal. We thought about making a new reward level, but it seemed confusing given that the main project has received its funding and we didn't want people to pledge money towards the stretch goal and then get nothing should we not quite reach the stretch goal amount.
What is Electric Velocipede?
Electric Velocipede is an eclectic, speculative fiction magazine. The magazine was founded in 2001 and has published at least two issues (and the occasional double issue) every year since. Editor/founder John Klima worked alone to make the first sixteen issues of Electric Velocipede (issue 15/16 was a double issue). The first five issues were copied, collated, folded, and stapled by hand! Since then, Klima has recruited a small staff to help get the magazine out to the world.
In 2009, Electric Velocipede won the Hugo Award. EV has also received four World Fantasy Award nominations. Stories from the magazine have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and single-author collections.
Also in 2009, Electric Velocipede partnered with publisher Night Shade Books for a few years (specifically issues 17-22) but decided to end the partnership in 2011 so that Night Shade could focus on books and EV could go back to its independent roots.
Over the past few years, several magazines have debuted online to critical and popular success. EV decided to follow suit and went online at the end of 2011 with issue #23. It's been nice to go from printing a couple hundred copies of the magazine to reaching thousands of people online. This campaign will help us keep the magazine online were it can be read for free.
Why support EV (reader edition)?
If you want to read stories that are a little different, or find exciting new voices in the field, Electric Velocipede is your place to do it. The magazine is a Hugo-Award winner and has received multiple World Fantasy Award nominations.
Awards not your thing? Stories from the magazine have consistently found their way into year's best anthology honorable mention lists with many of them actually getting reprinted.
That doesn't do it for you either? Electric Velocipede is a place where new and emerging writers appear with regularity. Among the writers who published early work with EV include Catherynne M. Valente, Hal Duncan, Aliette de Bodard, Rachel Swirsky, Shira Lipkin, and many more.
And it's not just new writers, established writers have also graced Electric Velocipede's pages. Jeffrey Ford, Jeff VanderMeer, Liz Williams, Jay Lake, Alex Irvine, Marly Youmans, Chris Roberson, Genevieve Valentine, and Ken Liu have all been here, what are you waiting for?
Lend some support and we'll keep this thing going!
Why support EV (writer edition)?
You may not realize it, but Electric Velocipede is a great place for both a new writer and the writer who's got a story that just doesn't fit anywhere else. Readers of all types--fans and professionals--will find your work. EV has been a well-respected market for many years and a great publication for writers to place their work.
One thing we hear again and again is that writers want to have their stories in Electric Velocipede, that they want to break into our market. On the flip side of that, many authors report back to us that when they talk publications to people, appearing in EV elicits more positive response than other places. The magazine has a role in the field that isn't held by anyone else; help keep it alive.
And you're a reader, too, right? (see above)
What does this money get you?
Our goal is set to cover the costs of one year, four issues, of Electric Velocipede. The issues will be slightly smaller than what we've been putting out, but will still contain a lot of great material. The main concern is getting the material out to our readers faster.
With this money in place we can work on building up capital over the course of next year to be able to fund it on our own heading into 2014. Another benefit of going quarterly is that we'll be able to take advantage of using electronic subscription services (such as those for the Amazon Kindle), which will go a long way towards making EV self-sufficient.
All backers' names will be added to a special acknowledgments page on the EV website as a sign of our thanks to everyone who was able to help.
What's the downside?
The downside is that without your support we won't be able to keep Electric Velocipede going. As unfortunate as that would be, the magazine has had a great run and we'd be very proud of what we've accomplished.
That said, we want to do more. We want to keep publishing the magazine. This isn't meant as a scare tactic, but we feel it's best if people know as much about the situation as possible.
The upside is, of course, meeting and exceeding our goal. So on to:
$5,000 funds a year of Electric Velocipede. Put simply, every $5K we earn gives us another year into the future without needing to hunt for funding sources. More money coming in can also mean becoming a professional-paying market. It can mean other projects. If we're lucky enough to have our goal met and exceeded, we have a number of ideas in mind that we'll bring to you in time.
(EV Staff Note: We hear that John has some crazy ideas like doing short print runs of future issues, publishing a Best Of Electric Velocipede anthology, and starting an annual award/grant for editors that can be used to fund convention travel or cover publishing costs; the sky's the limit really)
Art / Calendar
When we think of Electric Velocipede, we think of Thom Davidsohn's stunning cover art. As far as we're concerned, it's part of what defines EV. We looked into making art prints, framed art, etc. but none of it was quite how we wanted to present the work. Then we struck upon making a calendar. This way you'll get a full year of Thom's art with a few surprises thrown in!
The simple answer is that there is a flat-rate international priority mail envelope for $16.95. There are a few different sizes so we'd have the same rate for a single back issue, multiple back issues, a shirt, or a calendar. If you want to go the first-class route, it will depend on what you're looking at.
To most countries, sending a shirt or a single back issue is roughly $8 for first class. It jumps up to $12 or so for the calendar. When talking multiple back issues, we starting closing in on $20 so the flat-rate option makes more sense.
Also, if you have friends near you who have also backed the project (or would be interested in backing the project) you can combine forces and use the flat-rate to ship multiple objects together for a single price.
That's a great question. Unfortunately, when I started Electric Velocipede, no one was doing web-based magazines nor was there any e-reading devices so I didn't acquire electronic rights from anyone for the first fourteen issues or so. If we wanted to offer electronic copies of those early issues we'd need to go back to the authors and acquire electronic rights. We'd also have to convert those issues over to epub or mobi files (or even PDFs).
However, that makes a great stretch goal if we reach our main funding level, right?
The ebook editions of Electric Velocipede will be available DRM-free from our website, and we will always endeavor to ensure that they are DRM-free when made available via our publishing partners (Amazon, B&N, Apple, etc.) if possible.
ePub is an open-source ebook file format compatible with most ebook readers and a variety of ebook reading software. You should be able to find a program that will let you read an ePub file on pretty much any operating system. The Wikipedia article on ePub lists a variety of reading software compatible with ePub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB#Software_reading_systems. ePub is great for reading on Mac, PC, Linux, iOS (i.e., iPhone/iPad), and/or Android.
Mobi format was originally developed for the Mobipocket Reader app, but these days the reason most publishers produce a Mobi edition are because Kindles can read Mobi files but not ePub. So, for instance, if you have a Kindle, and you want to put Electric Velocipede on it, you can just email the Mobi file to your special Kindle email address, and it'll show up in your Kindle Library. There are also Kindle apps for Mac, PC, iOS, and other OSes, and Mobi files work with all those as well.
Both of these file formats are true ebook formats, so reading one of them will be just like reading any commercial ebook you may have purchased from a major publisher. Unlike reading a PDF, which is a locked format (i.e., you can't change the size of the text), Mobi and ePub are both fluid, and you can change many different settings to display the text to suit a variety of preferences.
(Thanks to John Joseph Adams NIGHTMARE Kickstarter for prompting us to add these FAQ)