Thursday, July 13, 2017

MYTHIC 2017 Subscription Drive

Dear Subscribers and other Friends of MYTHIC,

We’ve nearly done it. A full year of MYTHIC: A Quarterly Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. As an editor and publisher of this great publication, I’ve had to learn many new skills and I’ve spent hours reading through many great submissions. Some of those stories made it through and have appeared in the pages of our first three issues. We have a great selection of stories waiting to be released in Issue #4 this coming September.

Each issue continues to be packed with original sci-fi, fantasy, and horror short fiction and other nonfiction features such as book reviews as well. We hope to expand to include interviews, essays, and more. I want to thank each and every one of you for jumping on board and helping us get started. You can’t know how grateful I am for the chance to bring these stories to you each quarter. The only thing better would be able to keep doing it for years to come.

But, producing a magazine in print with an average of 10-12 stories or 40,000 to 50,000 words per issue is not free. We’ve been trying to keep costs down, but not without some regrets that we could not pay authors more for their work. I’m very grateful for their participation despite our small venture’s limitations. Plus, there are costs for book production, copyediting, cover art and so on.

This is where all of you, subscribers and friends come into play. You have the power here. With that in mind, I want to announce that we are planning to launch our first annual subscription drive for MYTHIC. This drive will last from July 14, 2017 through September 14, 2017.

Subscriptions are used to directly fund MYTHIC. The more subscribers we have the bigger our budget and the more that we can pay the authors. As a writer myself, I know the importance of compensating my colleagues for their entertaining stories. Higher rates is a key goal of this drive. Ideally, I hope to pay authors a professional rate of at least 6 cents a word.

So what are our subscriber goals?

250 Subscribers – We will move from our current flat rate payments to 3 cents per word for original fiction. We can pay for a year at this rate.

500 SubscribersWe did it! – We will pay 6 cents per word for original fiction. We can pay for a year at this rate. We will be able to add more nonfiction content and pay more for those features.

750 SubscribersA stretch goal! – We will increase author pay to 8 cents per word. We can pay a year at this rate. Word count may be expanded.

1,000 SubscribersSuper stretch goal! – We will pay 10 cents per word for original fiction. We will include all sorts of features in each regular issue of MYTHIC. Every fourth issue will be double-sized. Word counts may be expanded.

So, there you have it. Ambitious goals? Yes. But, I leave it in your hands, my friends.

Yearly subscriptions for U.S. subscribers are $40.00 plus free shipping domestically.

Yearly subscriptions for International subscribers are $60.00. (Partial shipping costs included in additional price of subscriptions.)

Individual back issues of MYTHIC are available for purchase at the $9.99 cover price.



Shaun Kilgore
Editor and Publisher