I said I’d be talking about some upcoming plans for Cirsova. Well, here’s what I’ve got:
Cirsova Master Plan –
1. Sell At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen to a SF/F rag.
2. Use the money to start a Sword & Planet/Science Fantasy rag of my own.
3. If step 1 fails: Gather materials to start a Sword & Planet/Science Fantasy rag of my own to publish At the Feet of Neptune’s Queen.
First and foremost, I’ll be doing a bit of polish on AtFoNQ and getting that ready for submission/publication, but I’ll also have time to start working again on Battlefields & Broadswords. No timetable on that, but it’s back on my plate.
I’ve crunched a few numbers and, if i needed to run a kickstarter, I know about how much I’d need to raise to put out a decent quality pulp.
The real hard part? Actually finding content.
More than anything, I want to focus on:
1: Sword & Planet/Planet Romance Fiction
2: Science Fantasy Fiction
3: Commentary on Sword & Planet & Science Fantasy Fiction
4: Game Theory/Content relating to Sword & Planet/Planet Romance Fiction
5: Other Sci-fi/Fantasy content so long as it is sufficiently awesome.
It may be a few months, or it may be in a year, but I will probably start laying some actual ground work putting together a zine. Yeah, I intend to pay writers for content (and therefore get better content), but I’ll be limited in the first go-round, especially since I want to have everything paid-for and ready to go except for print costs & ad placements.
If I do kickstart, there won’t be fancy gee-gaws, minis, stretch-goals or anything like that. The less I promise beyond delivering a quality publication, the better the chance I have of delivering on that promise. On the off chance the mag is a success, things will be made bigger and better (and hopefully pay better) in the future.
As an aside, since I mentioned crowdfunding, I thought this was a worthwhile video to share: