Solarpunk Press

is creating a web fiction mag and podcast
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Ray of Sunshine
You give us life and help us grow! We know a lot of solarpunks out there want to help, but don't have the flexibility of budget to offer a whole bunch of money.

We've got a lot of ideas about what we could try and do with Solarpunk Press, but we want to know how to give our audience what you want out of us. Rays of sunshine get a vote in the polls to inform the direction of the magazine. (Of course, since the things you want us to do might turn out to be impossible, the editorial staff of the Solarpunk Press will have the final say.)

You also have our deep gratitude, your name on the donor page, and the ebook of each issue, if you're into that kind of thing.
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Lobbyist
Want to blatantly corrupt the democratic system? Spend a little extra money and you get two (2) votes! 

Of course, Solarpunk Press is an entirely oligarchical endeavor -- Faith and Watson (and future staff if and when they join) will be making the final decisions, because it's possible that no matter how bad you all want something, we can't make it work with the resources we have. (For example: if we advertise the reward "Two stories a month" and you all vote for it, but we aren't attracting enough submissions to actually have two stories a month to publish, then we're likely to go with raising our pay rates first.) Just wanted to give you fair warning: your vote is nothing more, nor less, than a meaningful symbolic gesture. (The extra vote symbolizes capitalism.)

You get the ebook, too. Lobbyists will have their names listed on the patrons page of the Solarpunk Press website, except by request.
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Print edition

This one's pretty straightforward: it's a subscription to the print edition, $5 plus $2 shipping. These orders will go out with the second printing of the issue, at the same time as single-issue preorders, so unlike the Everything Bagel supporters you'll always get it after the digital release of the episode.

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About Solarpunk Press

We (Faith and Watson) want to see Solarpunk happen. We're starting this magazine out of our pockets, and if in a year we've published 12 stories, spent $2000, and have to close shop, we won't be kicking ourselves.

But we'd love to do so much more than that.

We have ideas. Some are small, some are big, some are ridiculous. We'll tell you as much as we can about what we want to do up front, but we want your input.

The main thing we're excited about seeing with Patreon, and we really hope you all want to participate, is the polls. We want to ask you what our stretch goals should be. After we hit sustainability -- after we know we can keep doing this after we run out of our own money to spend (which won't take long, because we're both poor college students) -- from there on out, we need to make real decisions about how to spend additional funds raised. 

Some of the additional things we'd like to do, if  (a.) the money is there, (b.) it looks like it might actually work, and (c.) it's popular with the voters:

Pay SFWA rates! We'd love to be a SFWA qualifying market, because we want to attract the best possible fiction, and we want to do our best to pay great writers what their stories are worth. (And we really believe that Solarpunk will both attract and produce some great writers in the next few years.) To qualify for SFWA, we'll need to raise our pay rate to $0.06/word (up from the current $0.03), stick around for a full year, and reach over 1,000 audience members per issue.

Publish more stories! This is a tricky one -- It may take more than just doubling the costs as they exist now, because the two of us aren't exactly loaded up with free time. It may involve hiring help, or paying ourselves a little bit so we can quit some of our jobs (of which, currently, we both have at least two). But if things go really, really well, I think we could get it up to 2 stories a month by the end of our first year.

Publish journalism! Both of us studied journalism in college. Watson has also worked for two newspapers, as a journalist and a web editor. Insofar as we are competent at anything, this is it -- and Solarpunk is as much a real-life movement as it is a genre of fiction. If any science fiction web magazine were going to attempt to sustain some science and political reporting, too, we might be the best candidates. 'Course, we have no clue if anybody wants to see that. But if y'all show it some support, we'd be thrilled to give it a try!

Other things that could be pursued, if we saw some interest: Getting some more people doing the podcasts, including paying voice actors rather than just us and our friends doing it for free; getting more, or more varied, art; merch; etc.
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After doing this for about 6 months, we've figured out that our original estimate of $200 per issue was a bit below the mark. $300 accounts for variability in some of our costs, and the unexpected financial obligations that seem to pop up at least once per issue.

We're aiming to reach this target as soon as possible, because we love this project and we want to keep doing it, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that we can't afford to expect that it will fit within our very variable monthly budgets.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 71 exclusive posts
6
Audio releases
37
Images
5
Links
20
Updates
3
Videos