Not that anybody has asked, but: "Hey, what it is like to get solicited for a major upcoming project?"
It goes like this:
1. Email comes in. You read it. It's a request - an actual request - for a poem. You figure the people sending you the email just wanted to cheer you up because you had a crappy day, but, you know, poem! After a couple of reassuring emails you agree, because this is going to be a nice, fun little webzine, right? No pressure. You cheer up.
2. Time passes. You don't think much about it because of myriad and massive computer issues and a few other things. And then the Kickstarter announcement pops up on Twitter. You click.
3. You see the freaking list of solicited authors"
and squeak, because this list includes Paul Cornell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jim Hines, Rachel Swirsky, Scott Lynch (!!!!), E. Lily Yu, Ken Liu, Sofia Samatar, Amal El-Mohtar, several other amazing names and --Neil Gaiman
(For the record NONE of this was in the initial email.)
Did we say no pressure? Right.
3. You realize that you really really really want to read everybody else in this.Uncanny Magazine
So, er, go pledge! For everyone else in this.
Speaking of projects that you should be funding, I'm VERY pleased to note that An Alphabet of Embers
, Rose Lemberg's upcoming anthology of Unclassiables, has funded, which also means that the companion book, Spelling the Hours
, which is a really cool little thing containing poems about women scientists, has also funded.
funded yet, though, is the second stretch goal, which includes music from The Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours
, which sounds totally awesome.
Plus, the initial books just sound really cool.
(Full disclosure: I submitted something for Spelling the Hours
, but to be honest, given the other people submitting to this project, I don't actually expect to be in it since Rose has such an amazing wealth of talent eager to work with her to choose from. Which right there says everything you need to know about her editing skills (i.e., excellent.) However, I AM in one of the incentive books, Here We Cross
, so if you've always wanted a copy of that, this is an excellent opportunity.)
And since this has turned into a pimp out worthy projects post, Clarkesworld Magazine is very close to publishing three more stories every four months thanks to Patreon support
; they only need a couple hundred more dollars in pledging to make that goal. I'm an obvious fan of Clarkesworld, not just because they've published me twice, but because they continue to publish outstanding fiction every single month, forming a large part of the stories I nominate for the Hugo and Nebula awards, so I highly recommend this, if you can. And you can always buy Clarkesworld directly from various online retailers as well.
(Though, full disclosure again: this is a bit of an incentive for me as well, since it might get me over my current "AUUGH I CAN'T WRITE SCIENCE FICTION" if I know people like a zine that I've published science fiction in to support it through Patreon. But mostly, you should be supporting Clarkesworld since they are publishing such groundbreaking work.)
# (I have to write a poem for a zine that also solicited a poem from Neil Gaiman. NO PRESSURE.)
(ok maybe pressure)