Friday, September 21, 2018

Project Busyness

Earlier this month I posted about a Kickstarter campaign my company, Founders House Publishing, was running for an upcoming publication called Vintage Worlds: Tales of the Old Solar System. The book is an anthology of retro science fiction stories. I decided to use the crowdfunding platform to raise funds to improve compensation for the authors that have contributed their short stories to the venture. I love the concept of Kickstarter, even with its all-or-nothing funding model. Many different kinds of projects get off the ground, including books and magazines. 

As a bit of an update, I will announce that the Kickstarter for Vintage Worlds officially reached its funding goal--which means we will receive the funds to produce the book, pay the authors, and ship books those who backed the project. I'm excited by this success and am already thinking about launching a subscription drive for MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine through Kickstarter. 

I've already mentioned elsewhere that MYTHIC seriously needs more subscribers at this point and I've tweaked our Patreon page to make it a portal for subscriptions and as a venue for supporting this creative endeavor. I've done more to streamline the options over on that page. At this point, I have three membership tiers. 

The first one is an ebook-only subscription for $2.00 monthly

The second is a standard paper/ebook subscription with a certain number of benefits. It's $5.00 monthly.

The third tier is a deluxe paper/ebook subscription that added even more benefits/perks for those who become patrons. It's $10.00 monthly.

For MYTHIC to endure I am looking for new ways to promote and new methods to gain the funds necessary to keep it viable. That's an ongoing process, I know. So, I might report on that as time goes on.

On the writing, front I've stepped back into the arena more when it comes to short fiction. Lately, I've been submitting short stories to markets. That's a long-term process with lots of rejection ahead of me. I know that, but I would like to be published by other magazines and establish my writerly reputation in those arenas. (My stories do appear in each issue of MYTHIC, but they aren't counted as sales to professional short fiction markets.)

I'm still making minimal progress on the middle-grade novel I started back in July. I aim to finish it and keep going with new books as time permits. 

That about sums it up for now.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A New Anthology Coming From Founders House Publishing

Founders House Publishing is set to publish an all-new collection of stories inspired by the worlds of the Old Solar System of sci-fi's golden age. Now, since I've launched a Kickstarter, there is a time limit on this in order for us to get it funded. That's the thing with Kickstarter, after all: It's all or nothing.

I'm very happy with the way the video turned out (thanks Arthur Vibert) and just love the artwork by Matt Forsyth that graces the cover of this wonderful book.

I love this stuff. Love the creativity and the fun of the genre. I like being a publisher too.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ouch...I Fell Hard

I haven't written a post since early Tuesday morning. The reason? What I thought was a minor sickness, got worse the next couple of days before I started getting over it. I'm still not 100% but I'm better. So, I fell off the blog writing streak and the fiction one.

But, I'm back here.

I still want to write more on this blog and do intend to do just that, but as I mentioned previously, it might not always been consecutively. We'll see though.

Since I missed some productive days working on writing and publishing projects and even some hours on the night job, I want to get back up to speed. I'll take my time. The first stop is to just report here. Call it a measure of accountability. Even though this isn't a two-way conversation, I like the idea of accountability the posts provide.

I remember several years ago now doing a really fun thing with a friend of mine. We decided to write a short story a week each and then trade stories to read. Now, that's accountability. I loved doing that. The only problem sticking with it over a longer period of time and maybe adding another dimension such as submitting the stories we wrote to different markets.

It would have been a way to encourage one another and spur each other to stay committed to writing often and completing new stories all the time.

I honestly would love to try that again and see how long we can keep the streak of writing and sending out new stories going. A couple of writers I read about did that very thing for over two years. They added a fun part to the challenge: If one of the writers didn't complete the story by the weekly deadline, they would have to buy the other writer a steak dinner.

Fun but with consequences.

So I might be on the lookout for a writing companion to keep me focused on practicing the craft of storytelling.