We need your help.
In the past, a generous and benevolent patron has helped us cover costs, but those days are coming to a close, and it was never a good strategy for growth, anyway. You see, we're doing this all for the love of writers. We love their stories, of course, but the real joy comes from giving great writers a chance to see their prose out in the wild digital yonder. With that joy comes a great desire to pay those writers what they deserve, and it has been one of our greatest regrets that we haven't been able to pay more than token rates so far.
Here's where you come in. We know you love great writers and great stories as much as we do, and we know you would love to see those writers get their due. So, with your monthly subscription, you can help us pay authors more for their work. The goals on the side explain exactly how much we need to reach that stage, including the goal to pay $0.06/word, which is the industry standard for professional short fiction sales.
We want to emphasize that none of this money goes in the pockets of FV staff, only the writers we publish. We've always put blood, sweat, tears, and (occasionally) our own money into this, and that won't change. Unless our generous subscribers donate in excess of $1 million, at which point we promise to abscond with the money at our earliest convenience and blow it all on Star Trek memorabilia and illegal sabacc gambling. Until such time, though, the money all goes to authors and (infrequent) site maintenance costs.
Go check out some of the amazing stories that have taken up residence on our site, and then subscribe here to help us pay awesome authors.