I'm happy to report that the first issue is now live! I'm looking forward to hearing your feedback. I will continue to refine the magazine as time goes on, but I believe we have a great collection of stories for you, which is what we set out to do.
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I'm going to try to read the first issue on my phone, if they're good stories, I'll probably subscribe.
Design thought: the reading experience would be vastly improved by a larger font size and shorter line length. See https://edwardtufte.github.io/tufte-css/ or similar for inspiration.
It definitely improves the layout, you can copy that design basically. Smaller content width, bigger fonts.
Also, thanks for putting this together!!!
Have you checked out the major SF magazines? Analog, Asimov's, and F&SF? I've got an Analog subscription for Kindle ($3/month) and that keeps me supplied with enough science fiction that I find good to fill up all the time I have for reading science fiction.
And it fixes whole web, not just 1 site.
6c/words seems pretty solid so that's nice. SFWA rights is a good choice as well, seems like you are pretty author friendly :)
How are you handling authors payments btw. (not an author but curious)?
Sustaining >550 paying customers to break even seems like no small task.
I have looked for similar online magazines with good rights in another domain (horror) before and your site seems to be ahead of the curve with regards to seeming professional and transparent, kudos.
I'm paying authors the old-fashioned way, with checks! Since it's only 5 checks/month, this doesn't seem like something I need to optimize right away.
I appreciate your kind words -- it will be tough to get enough paying supporters, but hopefully people find the content worthwhile.
Gaia's Children - 5 stars
Reflection - 4 stars
Mean and Clean - 2 stars
Mean and Clean was very controversial before publication -- two advisors disliked it and two really loved it.
We're currently discussing additional methods of distribution of e-reader formats. We would like to set up an automated system that emails subscribers .epub/.mobi versions to their address of choice, but we need to put together an in-house subscription system first.
"Ed had shouted on them like this"
"No real kidnapper hauls around a struggling, scream-seeking captive"
"I see I need to show the adolescent asshole affecting to be me "
Broken sentences like these make the stories a bit of a chore to read.
I subscribe to 2600 on my kindle; its clearly not a "giant publishers only need apply".
We are also working on our social media presence. We have a Twitter account (@CompellingSF) but no Facebook presence yet. We're mostly relying on email currently, however, and that will continue to be our primary communication mechanism.
Good luck and I hope to look forward to many future releases to come!
Stylebot is only available for Chrome though; does anyone know an alternative to Stylebot which is as user-friendly as Stylebot but also available on a broad range of browsers?
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I sincerely hope your stories won't be bland (Haven't read the first issue yet).
As a longtime Escapepod listener and supported I love how diverse and creative the stories can get, once you move away from the classical Spaceship & Lasergun stuff.
Definitely another thumbs up for paying six cents per word even when you're just getting your feet off the ground.
(I'll just download and convert if necessary, but it'd be nicer to pay you for it.)