Friday, September 2, 2022

Now That It's September...

The last several months have not be the greatest. 

The struggles and obstacles have been frequent and I'm still in the midst of them. I don't really know when they'll end or if I'm even close to the end of the difficulties. Thankfully, I'm in better health and I do not have those kinds of problems too. No, this is about my livelihood, my financial situation, largely. Yes, there are some personal matters besides these, but I won't both going into any of that. 

I like to say I'm at least treading water, so to speak. Lots of mental energy is getting used simply in the process of crisis management as different issues crop up and I have to made various adjustments to how I've been operating my publishing and writing businesses just to meet my basic needs and obligations. I've had to make some very tough calls and it pisses me off. I'm sorry to those who've been affected by these changes.

I do not know where all of this will end but I do still have hope that I can sort it all out—given time.

In some ways, I just want to refocus on the things that matter to me. Kind of like going back to square one. At least as much as I can. 

Ghostwriting Redux

In an effort to stay fed and housed, and attempt to pay the bills, I've started delving back into freelance ghostwriting. This is a return really and I may be going much deeper this time into the business because the goal is steadier work that will allow me to reinvest in my floundering publishing company so it might survive to see 2023. 

This isn't what I wanted to do. I wanted to be making enough through Founders House to write my own work only and then turn around and publish it as well. But problems with the publishing company, some due to the pandemic, have forced me to end relationships with writers in an effort to shore things up. Still, none of its guaranteed to work and I may end up closing the doors completely. The only survivor might end up being my magazine, MYTHIC, which I've relaunched (again!). At the time of writing this, I'm running a Kickstarter campaign for a second volume 'best of' collection featuring stories from past issues of the magazine.

Feel free to check that out: http://kck.st/3wb1lKc

It will end on September 8th, 2022.

I've managed to pick up a handful of ghostwriting gigs since the search began. This is not nearly enough to call it a viable income stream yet, but I'm on a constant hunt for new clients and new project. I've even started seeking those who need book design skills and use what I've learned operating Founders House to help other indie writers but haven't gotten a lot of traction there either. 

My first goal with all of this is just a little bit of stability. 

Patreon Lessons

Since I started a Patreon page for my writing and publishing efforts, I've managed to gain a small following. The only problem has been keeping them engaged. I've had to admit that I just don't know how to leverage this great crowdfunding tool to build on my audience and gain enough followers to generate a legitimate income stream to help support my efforts as a creative.

As of this writing, my personal Patreon page, (www.patreon.com/shaunkilgore), is barely hanging on. Even after attempts to retool it, I just don't provide enough engagement to keep everyone interest. One of the features that I revived and targeted for support from patrons was Free Fiction Friday. But I've not had the time to write new stories and have run out of ones to post each Friday. So, it has fallen by the wayside.

Would I like to find a way to attract enough patrons to make enough to pay the bills? Of course, I would. For now, the page is still there for the curious. If you like my work as a writer or editor, please consider supporting me in this way. I'd like to be able to produce some exclusive content for patrons.

So, There It Is

I gave you a bit of an update in a nutshell. I hope to have better news to report the next time I give an update. I hope all is well with you and yours. 


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Saving MYTHIC

UPDATE: (8/16/2022) Since I wrote the post below, I have managed to bring MYTHIC back and the submissions are open right now. The magazine will return next month as a bi-monthly publication. At least I solved one problem.

Okay. The last time I commented on MYTHIC, my sci-fi and fantasy magazine, I said I was pausing things—and I have. But... I've also been trying to bring the publication back into action. I've been posting on Facebook and Twitter about it, perhaps excessively at times, trying to get support. So far, the response has been poor. Lots of enthusiasm, follows, and likes, but no support to help with the costs of actually producing the magazine.

Since my last notice, not quite a month ago, I've posts different options for supporting MYTHIC on the magazine's website. I figured I would post them here as well should anyone not have seen them on social media or the site.

Here's what I wrote there: 

These are the current ways to support MYTHIC and bring it back: 

Patreon: www.patreon.com/mythicmag

GoFundMe: gofundme.com/f/help-mythic-sff-magazine-resume-publication

PayPal donate button: www.mythicmag.com (You can find the button on the site's sidebar.)

And here's one that could help as well: Paid advertisements in each issue. You can promote your sci-fi and fantasy related books, etc. 

Advertisement space: https://www.mythicmag.com/p/advertisement.html

I will resume subscriptions on the website once it's clear when the magazine will return and what will be its frequency. Note: I'm leaning heavily towards bi-monthly publication since this is not quite as intensive as monthly for me given my personal constraints.)

Progress as of today, July 19th, 2022:

The Patreon page: My management of the page has been in consistent, and we've had a lot of turnarounds in terms of subscribers/patrons there. But right now, the monthly support stands at $205. Not terrible at all, but not enough yet. I've set an initial goal of $350. 

The GoFundMe: Yep, I set up one and left it alone. So far, we've had about $84 of support there and set a $1,000 goal, but I figured it was good to have a way for people to chip in on a one-time basis at any amount rather than the reoccurring amounts of Patreon.

PayPal Donate button: I've had some support via the PayPal donate button too. Less than $100 at this point. Another great source of one-time support.

Advertising space: I'm not sure what I'm expecting here. It would be great to get enough ad revenue to cover the costs and then some, but maybe I need to get the magazine active again?

Friday, July 15, 2022

Free Fiction Friday: The Best Seat in the House



Far above the world there sits a silent being observing the lives of those living on earth go by, commenting on all of it but unattached to it. Name unknown, it considers himself a watcher—whatever that means. Even with just these two short glimpses into those myriad lives, you have to agree with him though. He's got the best seat in the house.

The Best Seat in the House by author Shaun Kilgore is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in Kilgore's Five Stories #15 which is sold through various online retailers.

The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. Here’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!

Copyright © 2022 Shaun Kilgore
Cover art: copyright © Iratceva/Dreamstime.com
Published by Founders House Publishing, LLC
All Rights Reserved.


If you like my stories, and FREE FICTION FRIDAYS, please consider supporting me. 

You can drop a tip in my virtual tip jar via PayPal: paypal.me/shaunckilgore

Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/ShaunKilgoreWriter

If you want to join me for the long haul, consider ongoing support via my Patreon: www.patreon.com/shaunkilgore.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Free Fiction Friday: Trail of Ash and Bone


Telas leads a small band of survivors through the devastated land of the Metunga Valley—and Morda, his brother, follows him. Angry fires have consumed the forests and killed nearly everything, leaving a wasteland of smoldering death. Ash and black smoke make it hard to breathe. Morda and the others will not survive if they do not find food and shelter. But are they willing to risk all at a chance at salvation?

Trail of Ash and Bone by author Shaun Kilgore is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in Kilgore's Five Stories #15 which is sold through various online retailers.

The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. Here’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!

Copyright © 2022 Shaun Kilgore
Cover art: copyright © Solarseven/Dreamstime.com
Published by Founders House Publishing, LLC
All Rights Reserved.


If you like my stories, and FREE FICTION FRIDAYS, please consider supporting me. 

You can drop a tip in my virtual tip jar via PayPal: paypal.me/shaunckilgore

Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/ShaunKilgoreWriter

If you want to join me for the long haul, consider ongoing support via my Patreon: www.patreon.com/shaunkilgore.