Who am I?
Hello! I'm Keffy R. M. Kehrli - and I'm a science fiction & fantasy writer and editor who has been active since my first stories came out in 2009. My editing experience includes working with Shimmer Magazine from 2009 until mid-2014, where I contributed by reading submissions, and doing some line-edits. I was also involved in some of the background planning for the magazine, so I was able to see how much work goes into creating a small press SF&F zine.
What is GlitterShip?
GlitterShip is a short science fiction and fantasy podcast that will feature stories about LGBTQ characters or explore LGBTQ issues. I want GlitterShip to be the kind of podcast that features a diverse range of authors and types of short fiction, where anyone who identifies as LGBTQ or queer feels like they could be represented.
Most LGBTQ fiction venues tend to segregate between gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or any other category. This can be difficult for readers who identify somewhere in between, who are pansexual, asexual, non-binary, or other. I want to build a podcast zine where LGBTQ SF&F reprints are collected for readers.
How often will episodes come out?
Episodes will come out twice a month (unless we hit some huge stretch goals). The episode lengths will be 30-45 minutes each.
The first episode will come out on April 2nd. (Frankly, it would be April 1st, but I don't want anyone to think it's a just a joke!)
What will you do with the money?
$1500 will be enough money to pay for reprint rights on approximately 8,000-10,000 words of fiction per month, or 2-4 stories depending on how many of them are flash.
This goal includes a little extra to cover Kickstarter fees, materials for the backer rewards, and hosting fees.
That sounds awesome! Can I submit a story?
Yes, you can!
GlitterShip guidelines: CLICK HERE!
The basics: Right now I am only looking for short stories between 100 and 6,000 words long that have been previously published. Pay is currently 1 cent/word.
Simultaneous submissions are ok with me (you can send your story to other reprint anthologies/magazines/podcasts while you're waiting as long as they don't mind either.
Multiple submissions are also ok, however, please only send up to three stories at a time.
You do not need to identify as LGBTQ but your story must contain some LGBTQ content or characters.
CONTRIBUTING TO THE KICKSTARTER is completely separate from submissions. Open submissions are always 100% free as they should be, and contributing to the Kickstarter campaign will not make your story any more or less likely to be accepted.
$1,800: Okay, it's not a particularly large stretch, but this money would allow me to pay other people to read some of the stories. Variety for my listeners!
$3,600: GlitterShip goes to 4 times a month. NEW! To reflect the additional fiction published, the $10 e-book level will be split into two 6 month e-books. $10 backers will get both e-books, and $5 backers will get the first volume covering the first 6 months of GlitterShip.
$5,000: GlitterShip opens to original fiction. 1 of the monthly episodes will be an original story, and the other three episodes will be reprints. Original fiction will start at 3 cents a word payment.
$6,000: GlitterShip doubles its original fiction. 2 of the monthly episodes will contain reprints, and 2 will contain original stories. Original fiction will start at 3 cents a word payment.
$12,000: Here's my pie-in-the-sky goal. If I reach this amount, I will be able to keep GlitterShip running for at least 2 years.
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges associated with every publishing enterprise. Some of the risks that I'm aware of are:
Podcast audio engineering: I am planning to use Audacity to clean up my audio files and will be recording with a Snowball USB microphone. I already have hosting lined up.
Editing: Like any zine, the podcast will require me to actively seek out new (well, new reprints) to publish. I have four years of experience reading submissions for Shimmer Magazine.
Scheduling: Each episode will be around 30-40 minutes, and there will be only 2 episodes a month unless I reach the higher stretch goals.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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