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Kickstarter and Other Thoughts

I shipped out all the Electric Velocipede Kickstarter rewards last week. I knew it was going to be expensive, but the approximately $750 I spent still elicited a gasp from me. Hopefully they show up quickly for everyone (and they don’t show up at my house!). It was a lot of work putting the packages together, but it was a good reminder of all the people who showed faith in me and EV. I can’t say it enough, thank you for your support.

We’re working on issue #26 of Electric Velocipede (with plans to get it online and available for March) and I’m reading through submissions to find content for future issues.

I’m struggling with how to handle digitizing the back issues. This is mostly due to me over-extending myself with commitments. But I’m also wondering if it makes sense to try and make each issue available individually, collect all the issues into one giant antho, or to make a Best of EV Anthology? I’m leaning towards a Collected EV anthology, but if you have thoughts, please put them in the comments (we LOVE comments, and we rarely get them).

As many of you know, I’m running another Kickstarter for a different project I’m involved in: Glitter & Madness: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology. I only mention this project here as it could impact EV and the time I have for getting issues out.* Nonetheless, I’m very excited about this project and I’m looking forward to moving ahead on it post-Kickstarter.

So now that the rewards are sent out, I need to get the store back online. We’ve still got back issues, mouse pads, and shirts available. I did a count of the stock and I’m posting those numbers below. If there’s anyone who’s interested in picking up multiple copies of anything, contact me and we can work something out. Otherwise, wait a few days and I’ll get the store back online.

And what does the future hold? We’ll see. I’m not sure if it makes sense to run another Kickstarter in the Fall to get prepared for 2014. Perhaps I’ll run a more traditional fund drive. I’d love to be able to pay professional rates, but that requires a lot more capital than I raised. I’m interested in seeing how things go for Brian White and Fireside Magazine. What are your thoughts?

Stock numbers:

Issue #
12 9
13 8
15/16 11
17/18 51
19 163
20 150
21/22 7

Misc.:

Mouse pads 35

Shirts:

Size Women’s Men’s
S 4 8
M 10 1
L 8 1
XL 13 14
XXL 14 13

* not to mention my work w/Cheeky Frawg, my ALA readers advisory book, my own writing, my job, my family, and I’m sure other things I’ve forgotten.

 

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  1. sftheory1

    I like the idea of a collected edition (either a complete or best of). I’ve read somewhere that returning to the Kickstarter well too many times may not be best method to continually fund a project. I guess it depends how long before the well runs dry.

  2. JohnK

    That’s what I’m thinking, too. As for Kickstarter, it does seem like if you go too many times for the same thing, people start to say, “Didn’t I fund this already?”

  3. Gerry M. Allen

    The notion of a single issue appeals to me as well. Given your excellent editing history, a best of could really be a winner. Thanks for your efforts.

  4. Mark Teppo

    Keep the price point about the cut-off for larger share of the royalties, which would suggest doing them in bundles of three or more. Individual issues is a historical touchpoint for print, but think of the digitization process as finding new readers. Give them decent sized chunks.

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