Solarpunk Press is creating a web fiction mag and podcast
15

patrons

$89
per creation
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.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
3 patrons
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.
Pledge $3 or more per creation
4 patrons
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.
Pledge $7 or more per creation
2 patrons
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.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
2 patrons
Digital bonus party

The ebook and podcast will be made available to you on the Friday before each issue's Monday release. This perk gets you an early bird experience, plus if you notice any typos or errors, and are inclined to give us a heads-up, there's a chance we'll be able to fix them before the official release. Changes made for this reason will, at your discretion, be accompanied by thank-you notes in the ebook or the shownotes.

You also get to see sketches and concept art for upcoming illustrations, as they're completed -- meaning an insight into the brainstorming process, as well as teasers (hopefully not spoilers) for stories that aren't even announced or recorded yet! Whether patron input is welcome will be left up to the artist; we can't guarantee that will be part of the reward.

Backers at this level also get all the perks of the Lobbyist reward tier.

[Note: these benefits used to be part of three separate reward tiers, each at $5, but for a few reasons (including: Nobody picked them so it's easy to do this, and Patreon doesn't make it easy to distribute content to subsets of people pledging the same amount of money) we're putting them together into one. Now there's $7 worth of space between the $3 and $10 rewards, though, so we're open to suggestions for what could fill that space.]
Pledge $15 or more per creation
3 of 100 patrons
Everything bagel

All the perks from the Lobbyist and Digital Bonus Party reward tiers, plus an exclusive third vote.

You also get a literal, physical subscription to a printed-out Solarpunk Press zine, stamps hand-applied and mailed straight to your geographical location, every month. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your copy of each month's Solarpunk Press short story comes with exclusive space-filling content and marginalia, and was almost definitely assembled by people who should probably have been sleeping instead!

Backers who sign up for Everything Bagel at least two weeks before the pre-release -- that’s September 18 for the first issue -- will be in the first release set, and should receive the print edition on or before the digital release. If you miss that window, you might not get it as soon, but we’ll do a second printing after each billing cycle so that Everything Bagel backers all get every issue they pay for.
Also, when we experiment with new content and merch, backers at this reward tier will be eligible for extra free stuff and givewaways.



Goals
$89 of $300 per creation
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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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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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
3 patrons
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.
Pledge $3 or more per creation
4 patrons
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.
Pledge $7 or more per creation
2 patrons
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.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
2 patrons
Digital bonus party

The ebook and podcast will be made available to you on the Friday before each issue's Monday release. This perk gets you an early bird experience, plus if you notice any typos or errors, and are inclined to give us a heads-up, there's a chance we'll be able to fix them before the official release. Changes made for this reason will, at your discretion, be accompanied by thank-you notes in the ebook or the shownotes.

You also get to see sketches and concept art for upcoming illustrations, as they're completed -- meaning an insight into the brainstorming process, as well as teasers (hopefully not spoilers) for stories that aren't even announced or recorded yet! Whether patron input is welcome will be left up to the artist; we can't guarantee that will be part of the reward.

Backers at this level also get all the perks of the Lobbyist reward tier.

[Note: these benefits used to be part of three separate reward tiers, each at $5, but for a few reasons (including: Nobody picked them so it's easy to do this, and Patreon doesn't make it easy to distribute content to subsets of people pledging the same amount of money) we're putting them together into one. Now there's $7 worth of space between the $3 and $10 rewards, though, so we're open to suggestions for what could fill that space.]
Pledge $15 or more per creation
3 of 100 patrons
Everything bagel

All the perks from the Lobbyist and Digital Bonus Party reward tiers, plus an exclusive third vote.

You also get a literal, physical subscription to a printed-out Solarpunk Press zine, stamps hand-applied and mailed straight to your geographical location, every month. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your copy of each month's Solarpunk Press short story comes with exclusive space-filling content and marginalia, and was almost definitely assembled by people who should probably have been sleeping instead!

Backers who sign up for Everything Bagel at least two weeks before the pre-release -- that’s September 18 for the first issue -- will be in the first release set, and should receive the print edition on or before the digital release. If you miss that window, you might not get it as soon, but we’ll do a second printing after each billing cycle so that Everything Bagel backers all get every issue they pay for.
Also, when we experiment with new content and merch, backers at this reward tier will be eligible for extra free stuff and givewaways.