Offerings: subs to all mags at a reasonable discount, ability to buy bundles/curated mag selections by theme or genre, ab. to buy individual stories, ab. to gift mags/bundles to other people, a community managed library with issues/stories/bundles that can be “checked out.”
A community online library is super important because it fosters two cultural attitudes simultaneously: Art Has Value no matter the length or format & art should be accessible to everyone (without short-changing artists).
Individual mags wouldn’t change their practices at all. They can (and should) also continue to do what they’ve always done on their own platforms. But this is an added benefit and a culture building tool. Even a little of this applied could be useful.
This thread was specifically about short fiction in speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, slipstream) magazines, but I'm sure some of the thinking could be applied more broadly. Also sure people are working on this in other media.
Any thoughts/minutia/context anyone wants to add, I'd love to hear.
Been thinking about this for a while and need some knowledge.
@cadwellsocialcoop I like it! But I think it will have a greater chance of success if it's part, as you say, of a broader effort. The parallel to Resonate is apt.
@Steve it must be a community thing. That's hard to sell. But I hope it gets some legs at some point. Authors and fans (and magazines) have been upset about this for a long time. Mags keep closing. Often these mags serve particular subgenres and aesthetics, so any loss is felt. There aren't that many mags, and there are TONS of authors submitting stories.
@cadwellsocialcoop Right, I'm very supportive of that. I'm just saying it should be a subset of a larger project that has a variety of genres. Basically, the imprint idea we've been tossing around. The subsets could operate semi-independently, but with a shared infrastructure.
Our discussion on an imprint would help towards that vision. It'll take time, but I do believe it is possible.
@cadwellsocialcoop good point. I noticed this when activists started to shift from posting their news stories, press releases, and op-eds on #Indymedia site and other shared media spaces, to having individual blogs, FB pages, etc for themselves and their groups. I really felt the loss of the cross-pollination, multi-perspective debate, and solidarity, generated by participation in shared platforms. The possibility of rekindling that is one of the reason the #fediverse excites me.
It might makes sense to form a larger multimedia platform that does this with small platforms within it (by genre/medium). One that individuals, groups and companies can tap into, but maintain their own online presences elsewhere. It might more easily get made that way. I'm right there with you. I want it SO SO bad.
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