Kickstarter for Cirsova #3 & 4

Okay, this is it, the big one: the Kickstarter that will take Cirsova through the rest of 2016 and hopefully into 2017.

Running a Kickstarter for every issue is ultimately untenable. It is, however, a potentially valuable tool for selling subscriptions. With our content finished and paid for through the rest of 2016, we can offer with certainty the remaining content we have planned to our backers via a single Kickstarter and maintain our planned release schedule.

Backers of this Kickstarter may back for our Fall Issue (Issue 3), our Jumbo-sized Winter Issue (Issue 4), or both. It’s, uh… almost like a subscription!

This is probably THE most important Kickstarter that Cirsova will ever launch. The first two were just to spread the word, prove that we were what we said we were and could do what we said we’d do, and partially defray some of the enormous overhead of putting together 5 magazines worth of content, making certain everything was done and paid for well before taking pre-orders. This Kickstarter will determine how much content we will be able to acquire for 2017 and when. Ideally, we would like to be able to acquire an entire year’s worth of content so that following the release of our Winter issue we can begin selling subscriptions for 2017. We want to be a quarterly magazine, but we also want to keep paying our contributors at our current rates. We need money in our coffers to make sure that can happen.
So, what are we offering?
Issue 3 – A Pirate Issue with stories of Caribbean pirates, space pirates and other assorted brigands and mercenaries.
Novelette
  • The Wooing of Etroklos, by J. Comer
Short Stories
  • War in a Way that Suits You, by Michael A. Michaels
  • The Lion’s Share, by J.D. Brink
  • Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645, by Jim Breyfogle
  • The Mad God’s Scepter, by Edward McDermott
  • The End of the Golden Age, by Tyler Young
  • Othan, Liberator, by Kurt Magnus
  • Clock’s Watch, by Michael Reyes

Essay

  • Retrospective: The Best of C.L. Moore, by Jeffro Johnson

Cover

  • Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645, by Jabari Weathers

 

Issue 4 – A double-stuffed jumbo issue just in time for Christmas that will feature several tales of dark fantasy, action packed science fiction, adventure and Raygun Romance. Remember that call-out I made for unironic Lovecraft inspired stories? It paid off in spades!
Novelettes
  • The Vault of Phalos, by Jeffery Scott Sims
  • Shadow Vision, by Preston Dennet

Short Stories

  • The Lady of the Amorous City, by Edward M. Erdelac
  • A Suit of Haidrah Skin, by Rob Lang
  • …Where There Is No Sanctuary, by Howie K. Bentley
  • The Last Dues Owed, by Christine Lucas
  • The Witch of Elrica, by Jennifer Povey
  • The Bubbcat, by Sean Monaghan
  • Wall Wardens, by Lynn Rushlau
  • Lost Men, by Eugene L. Morgulis
  • The Unfolding of the World, by Harold R. Thompson
  • The Sands of Rubal-Khali, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • The Priests of Shalaz, by Jay Barnson
  • Dust of Truth, by Joyce Frohn
  • The Ride, by Edward McDermott
  • The Phantom Sands of Calavass, by S.H. Mansouri
Essay
  • The Feminine Force Awakens, by Liana Kerzner

Cover

  • The Lady of the Amorous City, by Jabari Weathers
HARDBOUND REPRINT ADD-ONS!
Several people have asked how they can get their hands on the hardbound copies of our first issue. Originally, these were exclusive to the 1st Kickstarter, but so as not to punish people who are saying “take my money already!” who missed the original kickstarter but want a “complete” set, we will be offering reprints of the 1st and 2nd issue as add-ons.  Just add $35 to your pledge for each volume; no additional shipping will be required anywhere in the world.  These will ship out at the same time as hardcover copies of issue 3 and will be bundled with them.
From Issue 3 and going forward, we will keep hardcovers in print, though Kickstarter will be the cheapest way to get them.

We’ve managed to run two successful kickstarters for Cirsova without any real hitches. The biggest challenge this go around is that we are doing things slightly different in that we are offering two issues instead of one. Copies of issue 3 will fulfill in late September/early Oct and copies of issue 4 will fulfill in late November/early December.

As of right now, Issue 3 is “done”, merely undergoing some final rounds of copy edits. Issue 4, all of the stories are paid for, preliminary layout is completed and will be ready to undergo secondary edits soon. We expect to have the artwork done not long after Issue 3 goes out. Jabari Weathers does excellent work and has always gotten work turned promptly, so we absolutely do not anticipate any issues with the artwork.

Filling adspace has always been the hardest part, and it’s looking like Kickstarter is not the best way to do it (especially when trying to do multiple issues). One great way to support us would be to buy adspace, as that will greatly defray our costs, but offering it as a kickstarter reward just isn’t the answer. We have significantly lowered our cost threshold for advertising.

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