Half-Way Through the Submissions Stack!

We’ve read a little over 100 of our 200+ submissions, and I’ve got to say, we’ve received some truly excellent stories this year!

There are a LOT of stories we’re going to cry about having to turn away before everything is said and done.

With where we’re at right now, we’re looking at nearly 223K words of fiction that we’d love to publish… and reading the next 100 stories, that number is easily going to double [unless the bottom of the pile is all 2nd person elf stories written in the future tense]. The cost of that word count comes shy of $3k, and TBH, we really ought to not spend more than $2k on acquiring fiction right now [I’m sitting on a $7600 estimate to get my ducts replaced in my house that I’d rather not take out a huge loan on but probably will anyway.]

Quick Cirsova-nomics lesson!
1 issue is Approximately 50k words
At our rates, that’s ~$625 for content
We pay our editors $100 per issue for editing
Our covers are $300-$500
So, ~$1k-$1.2k per issue
We make about $3 per copy we sell on Amazon.
We need to sell ~400 to break even.

TL;DR: we really only have money for 3 issues, we want to buy for at least 4 issues, because we probably have 8 issues worth of solid content in our pile.

How to help us afford making 2020 a 4-issue year:

Please note: Cirsova Publishing DOES NOT and WILL NEVER require contributors or would-be contributors to purchase copies of the magazine featuring their stories or any other issues. Purchases WILL NOT be considered when weighing submissions.

Wild Stars Backstock Sale

I don’t know that I’ve mentioned it here, but we have made some of the Wild Stars backstock available via our Amazon store.

We had several damaged copies when trying to fulfill our crowdfunds–these have been made available at 1/2 SRP. I’ll note that while a few of these were pretty mangled, most of them were dents, dings and corner creases. While these would’ve been unacceptable to send to backers or for retail shelves [especially for comic folks], these are perfectly good readable copies if you want Wild Stars at a lower buy-in.

Also, Michael Tierney has authorized us to act as an intermediary for his limited stock of the 1st edition printings of Wild Stars: Time Warmageddon.

Our store is here.

Also, Wild Stars is absolutely buried by Amazon’s algorithm. Please help us by leaving a review if you’ve received and read any of our Wild Stars 35th Anniversary Edition volumes!

Final Days for Submissions, Discounted Wild Stars, and Other News

Submissions

We’re on the home-stretch of our submissions window for 2020. The final day to send us something is this friday. Our current numbers are:

  • Unread: 79
  • Read: 34
  • Total: 113

As you can see, I’ve still got my work cut out for me. For comparison, when we were open for a full month last year, we ended up with 156 submissions. Glad we opted for only two weeks this time around.

Wild Stars

You might remember, due to very poor packing on the part of Ingram Spark, we had numerous copies of Wild Stars that were too mangled to send to crowdfund backers or go on retail shelves at Michael’s store. We don’t want to hang on to these, so we are offering them on Amazon for 1/2 off SRP. Most of the damage to these is on the corners, where they got dinged or crimped; definitely not pristine or collector-grade by any stretch, but if you want a cheap reading copy, we’ve made them available.

Also, we have made Michael’s stock of the first printing of Wild Stars III available on his behalf, including both covers and the hardcover. Supplies are limited.

Other Stuff

  • I have a big project that I hope I’ll be able to announce soon.
  • I swear, when I get a minute, I’ll write my review of Sunrider: Liberation Day
  • It turns out I DIDN’T miss Arkansas RPG Con, so I might be able to make it out this November and run some games after all! [I could’ve sworn it was in September, but I’m glad it wasn’t!]

Interview with Critical Blast

Last Sunday, I was on with RJ Carter of Critical Blast. We were supposed to have Michael Tierney with us, but his computer at home is a potato and could log into StreamYard.

I was a little under-prepared, because this was supposed to be Michael’s stream and I was just gonna chill and let him do most of the talking.

Be sure to buy as much Wild Stars as you can so we can afford to get Michael a computer that he can actually stream on!

Also, don’t forget, we’re accepting submissions now!

Review of Rob Kroese’s The Brand of the Warlock: Counterfeit Sorcerer Book 1

brand of the warlockI’ve been a fan of Kroese for a few years now, mostly having read his Starship Grifters books. In those, his strong writing ability is able to carry the story while overcoming my usual hatred of spoofy comedy writing, which often plunges into the realms of twee.

The Counterfeit Sorcerer series is a bit more serious and less silly in tone, but Kroese’s writing style makes it a fun an entertaining read. While it lacks whimsy and eloquence of Jack Vance, it has a charming wry humor and sense of irony throughout that belies the tragedy the hero is endlessly confronted with.

Counterfeit Sorcerer is very much a serial, and The Brand of the Warlock is very much a first chapter; it’s very much akin to Nine Princes in Amber in this regard–the first book simply sets up further books, abruptly ending and on a somewhat grim note. It does not satisfactorily stand on its own in the way that the Starship Grifters books do, but the ride is an enjoyable one, and having pre-ordered the entire series, I plan on seeing them through to the end.

Do you dig fantasy adventure? Or stories like the ones Rob Kroese writes? We don’t have any Rob Kroese stories, but since a)we enjoy Rob Kroese stories and b)we publish stories we enjoy, you might enjoy the stories in our magazine if you enjoy Rob Kroese! Our Fall issue is out now!

Wild Stars Available on Amazon [If You’ve Read Your IGG/KS Copy, Leave Us a Review!]

By now, just about everyone should have received their copies of Wild Stars!

Because we were able to fulfill both crowdfunds a month earlier than we’d planned, we were able to move up the world-wide release date.

The Wild Stars pages on Amazon are now live, so if you enjoyed Wild Stars and would like to continue to support Michael Tierney and Cirsova Publishing, you can do so by leaving reviews!

Book of Circles
Force Majeure
Time Warmageddon
Wild Star Rising
Omnibus

These help raise book, writer, and publisher profiles on Amazon and are a quick and easy way to help us out that doesn’t cost anything but the couple minutes it takes to leave one.

Thank you all again for supporting this exciting project, and we hope to be able to bring you much more exciting science fiction, fantasy, and adventure in 2020 and beyond!

Don’t forget, submissions open a week from today!