You may be wondering why we’re asking you to subscribe or renew via our Kickstarter page, when you could just as easily hit the subscribe tab above and renew with paypal, or send us a cheque in the mail. And believe us, if that’s how you’d rather subscribe we are more than happy to receive your hard-earned dosh in any form (except cows — we’ll barter for some things, but there’s just no more room for cows).
Still, we think you should give Kickstarter a go, and here are some reasons why:
10. Fabulous Rewards! While you can get our magazine in other ways, there are some things we only offer through the Kickstarter, such as manuscript critiques and backer portraits. For most of the year our editors and artists are simply too busy to offer these, but for a limited time they are willing to burn the midnight oil to support the Kickstarter campaign.
9. Visibly show your support for the arts. When you become a backer you are not just an anonymous subscriber. We’ll print all our backer names in issue 6 of Pulp Literature (unless you ask us not to). The campaign page itself remains visible and your name (or pseudonym) will always be attached to it, showing that you care about writing, literature, the arts, and good stories. The backer count itself is as important as the money received in showing the world there is support for grassroots, crowdfunded arts.
8. One stop Christmas shopping. No malls, no post office line-ups! We ship our magazines anywhere in the world, and for $10 you can add a personalized gift card. You can send multiple gifts on a single pledge by just adding the appropriate amounts. When we send you a survey at the end of the campaign you can let us know the details of all the recipients.
7. A successful campaign generates buzz. The biggest challenge new magazines face is developing name recognition. A Kickstarter campaign gets the word out, spreads our logo and helps people remember the name.
6. Help us get a Canada Council Grant. While we are fortunate in Canada to have grants for the arts, initial funding is hard to secure. The arbiters want to see a solid financial base, and having the 2015 finances in place will do just that.
5. Save $$. There are plenty of discounts to be had on the Kickstarter page
- Save a buck on your ebook subscription. Regular $17.99, $17 on Kickstarter
- Get 50% off year 2 when you buy the year 1 back issues: 8 issues for $60 instead of $80
- Critiques are roughly half off regular rates
- Save $10 on an Hour Stories workshop
- Save $100 by booking your writing retreat before Dec 2nd!
4. Paying Writers and Artists. Our writers are paid 50% on publication and 50% when the sales targets for an issue are reached. By purchasing back issues and new subscriptions through the kickstarter you are bumping up the sales and helping us pay writers and artists sooner.
2. Karma. Supporting the arts and putting money towards something you enjoy or appreciate is just good karma. Even a $1 donation helps fill up your karmic piggybank!
1. These are stories you won’t forget. Enjoy them. And enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling you get knowing you’ve helped us bring them to your doorstep for another year.
If all these reasons don’t convince you to sign in to Kickstarter, we understand completely. A paper bag of crumpled notes stuffed through the mailbox will still get you a subscription … as long as your name and address is on it somewhere. Just easy on the cows, okay?