Posts Tagged ‘Patreon’

Announcing Associate Editor Pay

Two thousand twenty has been a year of extremes. In the first few months, many small companies like us faced dire projections about their future. And as the months wore on, ‘stability was the new growth’ — any creative project that maintained itself was doing well. Focus and energy have been in short supply, and our editorial teams have gone above and beyond to maintain their weekly release schedules.

It has also been a year of remarkable generosity. (Continue Reading…)

New Year, New Goals

Hello folks, Alasdair here. It’s the top of the year and, as is always the way with times like this, we’re taking stock and making some changes. Specifically, to what our Patreon goals are.

You can find all the details in our latest post. TL;DR – we’re bringing swag to our Patrons in support of our two new goals. If you support us through PayPal or in any of the millions of other ways, thank you as well — you literally keep the lights on.

It’s those new goals we want to talk about a bit more. Last year was a great year for us, and it’s driven us to think deeper about what we want to be as an organization, what we want to be known for in our industry, and how we want to get there. We’ve achieved a lot more critical recognition this year (for good and for ill), and yes, awards are considered benchmarks of success. We’d love to continue being nominated and maybe win some, but ultimately they’re outside our control.

So we’re focusing our energy on what positive changes we can make to strengthen our editorial voices and Widen the Circle for all.

Goal 1: Eight Cents a Word

As soon as we hit this goal, every show gets to increase the pay rate for original fiction to eight cents a word. This would be amazing not only because authors deserve to be paid better for their writing but because it helps us keep pace with our peers and gives our editorial teams the additional budget they need to attract submissions from and publish the best in their fields.

Goal 2: Pay our Associate Editors

The PoB Scorecard project by Fiyah highlighted that Associate Editors, or ‘slush readers’, are the life blood of our industry. Short fiction markets live and die based on the hard work and dedication of first readers. As genre fiction has deeper conversations about barriers to entry, paying for the labor (emotional and otherwise) involved in the editorial process has also received increased scrutiny.

We want to pay our associate editors. They’re the only members of our teams not currently compensated. That has to stop. Reaching this goal means every single person involved with our shows would be receiving compensation for their time. It’s desperately overdue industry-wide. We want to live our values and bring this level of professionalism to every member of our teams.


Your help has made all the different reaching where we are today, and we’re not planning to slow down. Thank you for all you do and continue to do to support us. With your help, we’ll reward the people most deserving of that recognition, help raise the standards industry-wide, and continue to evolve and grow.

New Patreon Goals Coming

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the New Year! Hopefully you’re all settled in and coming up to speed on whatever goals and projects you have in mind for the year ahead.

This is a short heads up that we’ll be posting our new set of goals over at Patreon shortly, and reopening the digital convention table of free goodies in February to donors and subscribers at the $5 a month level or higher. If you’re a current supporter at that level, you’ll receive the new password by through Patreon or by email, just like before.

Any questions let us know, and thank you as always. We can’t do what we do without you!

Patreon Fee Changes

As you’re probably seen by now, Patreon has announced fee structure changes. There’s been a lot of discussion already, especially about the disproportionate damage this will do to $1 level pledges.

We’re reading it all, and paying close attention to what’s being said by our patrons, our colleagues and Patreon themselves.

In the immediate future, we’re going to see how the company responds to the massive backlash against this move and then decide what changes, if any, we’ll need to make. (Please respond, Patreon!) Once we do, as ever, you’ll be the first to know.

In the meantime, it’s business as usual for us. All our supports of ANY LEVEL – whether on Patreon, PayPal, or Dwolla – have access to the secret vault of Premium Content goodies for the rest of the year. If you haven’t received a message about that, drop us a line and we’ll make sure you’re in the know.

And if you need to make changes to your Patreon pledge levels, we completely understand. Thanks to you we hit our $1200 goal a full month earlier than anticipated! But between this announcement and the donation dropoff that usually occurs at the beginning of a new year, we’re going to hold off on announcing our next goal for a bit. There are also plenty of ways you can support us without donating.

Thanks as always for your support!

Thank you, Donors and Patrons!

Once a month we want to say a special thank you to the new supporters who keep our servers fed and our shows in your podcatchers week after week. For this, our kick-off thank you, we’ve listed our new patrons and donors who joined us in October 2017.

A huge thank you to:

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