Validation! Our first print run arrives. We have poly-mailing bags, shipping tape, and labels lined up and ready to go. For those of you whose rewards include Print copies of Issue #1, as soon as the Kickstarter ends, we will send out surveys asking for your mailing address. Then we will stuff mailers and get these on their way!
(I just did an interview last night, which will remain secret until Saturday, and the host started by saying something like "for our listeners out there, you can go to their website to see what they are doing, but until you hold one of these things in your hands, you have no idea how gorgeous they actually are!" I'm not sure I heard anything after that, including whatever it is I said.)
If any of you have not chosen a reward level with a Print copy of Issue #1; it's not too late! We have enough on hand to fill your orders. Just change your pledge before our Kickstarter ends.
What is DreamForge?
We’re a new quarterly magazine of science fiction and fantasy on a mission. We believe words are important; that the stories we tell ourselves affect the present and become the future.
At DreamForge, we are about hope in an age of dystopia. Our goal is to encourage the abandonment of the dystopian mindset and promote the ascendency of reason and humane values, civility, community, and scientific advancement. We see the human challenge through an optimistic lens.
The world has always been broken, beset with injustice, fears, and endless unknowns. Hope is a valuable commodity. At DreamForge Magazine, we know hope is not an illusion; it’s simply a perspective backed by engagement with the world, whatever the condition of the world may be.
It’s been said that the arc by which fiction changes the world is long and subtle, but powerful, nonetheless. We are here to add our voice and our support for a hopeful, creative future, and to do it with commitment, passion, and all the artistry at our command.
We Made Our Original Goal - Here Are Our Stretch Goals
At $4,500, we can afford original cover art for Issue #2 from an experienced illustrator, helping us maintain our distinctive look and keepsake quality. MADE IT!
$6,000 Funds a Technology Milestone – Registered users can share published stories with friends, writers can submit their works directly through the website, and we can open “slush reading” to more fans interested in rating and reviewing submissions for ultimate publication. MADE IT!
$7,000+ Gives us the ability to research, reach out, and acquire exceptional content for Issues # 3 and # 4! There's Still Time Left!
A Personal and Passionate Commitment is Our Foundation
DreamForge is real. It is far more than an idea waiting to happen, our Founders Issue is going to print and will be available on Valentine’s Day, 2/14/19.
Our website is online at www.DreamForgeMagazine.com, and we’ve invested in developing one of the most flexible, mobile-friendly, customizable Reader Dashboards in the industry. Check it out at https://dreamforge.mywebportal.app/.
We’re even in the news. Check out this link to an article in the Pittsburgh Business Times: https://bit.ly/2RcwrP8
This is all being done not by a corporation or big-time publisher but by a creative team willing to put their time, money, and aspirations on the line to deliver a more hopeful vision of humanity in counter point to today’s grim and apocalyptic visions of the future.
In all worlds and times, our tales revolve around those individuals and groups who bring meaning and value to the world, whose actions are of consequence, and whose dreams are the vanguard of things to come.
Rally to the DreamForge Flag. It’s Time to Take Back the Future.
At DreamForge we are inclusive of all who want to see a more humane and intelligent tomorrow. We welcome comment, input, and contributions from people with wide ranging and diverse experiences in life. There are many possible futures and many more worlds of the imagination. We would be poor indeed to imagine only one wearisome and uniform reality.
Toward that end, DreamForge welcomes underrepresented and marginalized voices, including but not limited to authors who may be women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities. Your futures are as compelling, your dreams as engaging as any to be found.
Already our content is international and multi-generational. We’ve accepted stories from a former environmental data analyst from Italy, a filtration expert from South Africa, a 91-year-old veteran from Massachusetts, a Scottish writer living in Denmark, along with 2 tales from Canada and 2 from the UK.
In addition to new voices and budding young novelists, in our first two issues DreamForge features stories from renowned genre authors like:
- Jane Lindskold - Bestselling author, accomplished Fantasy and SF writer, Jane is the author of over 25 novels, including the Firekeeper Saga, the Breaking the Wall series, and the Artemis Awakening series.
- David Weber – Bestselling author known for several science fiction and fantasy series, especially for the Honor Harrington novels, David has written, collaborated on, or contributed to over 50 titles.
- Steven Brust & Skyler White, authors of the Incrementalists and The Skill of Our Hands from TOR.
- Mary Soon Lee, winner of the Rhysling and Elgin awards for speculative poetry.
It’s the same with our illustrations. We’re proud to feature work from:
- Elizabeth Leggett, Hugo Award Winning illustrator whose work focuses on soulful, human moments-in-time.
- John Blumen, freelance illustrator whose images grace the covers of books published by The Penguin Group, Tor, Harcourt Publishing and Llewellyn Worldwide.
- Cassandre Bolan. A 2014 Illustrators of the Future award winner, Cassandre once lived in Dubai, where she focused on providing artistic illustrations with a feminist conscience.
- Rick Antolic. Rick is a long time member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators with an impressive client list. For over 10 years, he's been providing freelance illustration for the packaging, publishing, advertising, and product development industries.
- Mark Zingarelli. Mark is an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist, journalist, author, educator, and lecturer whose work has appeared in major magazines, including The New Yorker.
Check out our Table of Contents for Issue #1, our Founders Issue, at this link: https://dreamforge.mywebportal.app/dreamforge/stories/show?id=34
Who Are We?
We’re the rebels you’ve been waiting for. An independent team of creatives who can deliver new visions and new voices for a better tomorrow.
- Former computer game developers Scot and Jane Noel are our publishers and DreamForge’s core editorial and design team. (Scot has worked as Editor-in-Chief of a local community magazine – InWestmoreland/Inspiring Times- and Jane is an experienced print and web designer.)
- Author of the Firekeeper Saga, Athanor Series and dozens of novels and short stories, Jane Lindskold is our Senior Advisor and Creative Consultant.
- Renowned illustrator Mark Zingarelli, whose work has appeared in major magazines, including the New Yorker, is providing illustration and art direction.
- Our Research and Support Assistant, Leah Segal brings youthful insight, outreach, and an endless supply of energy to our adventure. Leah knows first hand the power of dystopic and evil narratives, as her synagogue, the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, was the scene of a horrendous mass shooting in October of 2018.
- Our newest team member, Jamie D. Munro, has joined us from farthest Australia to provide editorial assistance in the face of an overwhelming number of submissions.
DreamForge Magazine is independent and beholden to no one beyond our contributors, staff, and tremendous supporters, like you.
Why We Need Your Dollars.
At DreamForge, we felt it critically important to prove ourselves before asking for your support. We needed more than an idea on paper; we had to be a publication in hard, cold reality.
That we’ve done. In mid-February, on Valentine’s Day, our first issue appears online and will be ready to ship out as a high-quality print edition to subscribers.
We’ve already paid professional rates on acceptance to all Issue #1 authors and illustrators, and we’re in the midst of contracting for more stories to enhance our online content and line up a Table of Contents for Issue # 2.
The challenge is that any new publication takes time to build its subscribers to a level that assures its survival. Though the risk is welcome, and we face the challenges ahead undaunted, our IRAs, savings, and loans can only get us so far.
Whether you are a $5 sponsor or kick in big bucks at our highest tier, you are a Kickstarter Hero to us.
And here’s something to know: not one penny of your Kickstarter support goes into the publishers’ pockets. Your support goes to writers, illustrators, layout artists, printers, and technology development.
This is the best kind of Kickstarter for you to invest in! We already have the product, we need you to keep it going and help make it better.
This Kickstarter specifically is designed to help DreamForge Magazine by adding resources in 3 critical areas:
- Issue # 1 Print & Shipping Costs. Starting out, new magazines struggle with economical printing, and we need to not only meet initial subscriber demand but also have a supply we can use as marketing samples. Approximately $1,000 of our Kickstarter budget goes here.
- Continued Story Acquisition at Professional Rates. Good writing powers DreamForge, and we are hearing from writers all over the world that want to speak out for the better angels of our nature. We’ve already acquired 29 stories, poems, and articles. To stay on track, we need to add at least 10 more over the next 2-3 months. Approximately $1,000 of our Kickstarter budget goes here. (DreamForge pays $0.06 to $0.08/word on acceptance.)
- Issue # 2 Illustrations and Magazine Layout. Cover art, interior illustrations, and experienced layout work makes DreamForge the distinctive, keepsake quality publication we are striving for. Approximately $1,500 of our Kickstarter budget goes here.
We’ve taken into account both Kickstarter and Credit Card transaction fees and the cost of delivery on our reward tiers.
Make it So!
Take pride in supporting voices and visions of a better tomorrow. We’re a community of dreamers and creators that welcome your support. We need you. We believe in you. Help to create something new in Science and Fantasy Fiction – DreamForge Magazine.
Risks and challenges
What’s the Risk? We’ve proven we can deliver. We’ve already reached out and reviewed over 200 stories from around the world. We’ve developed contracts for authors and illustrators based on recommended SFWA models. We’ve selected the best works for our first two issues and we’ve paid for them at professional rates on acceptance.
We’ve run test layouts and test prints to prove our ability to craft a keepsake quality result. We’ve worked with a software development company to go beyond a website, bringing something new to the equation – a state-of-the-art reading dashboard ready to grow in features as DreamForge Magazine itself grows.
The overarching risk is simply that we fail to build our subscriber base in the first year to a level that will support the ongoing production of DreamForge Magazine.
But you’re not going to let that happen. If our mission touches your heart and you are encouraged to assist us, our team will put every penny of your support to exceptional use.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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