Neil Clarke

The Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

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A Message from Electric Velocipede

I’ve been reading Electric Velocipede for some time now.  John Klima has always done an excellent job with his zine and this morning, I had this email from him:

Hey Everyone:

Most of this is on the front page of the website. If you’re so inclined, please post this message wherever you can:

I came to some conclusions about the zine over Wiscon weekend. It may not be clear, but I’ve been doing this whole endeavor on my own. The past month or so, I’ve had a number of people express astonishment that I don’t have any help in making the zine. I guess I just never considered getting help. Aside from proofreaders, I’ve done all the work myself.

One of the things I’ve come to realize is that the zine cannot grow past where it is without me getting some help. I have a very gracious person who’s doing slush reading for me. This will be a great benefit for everyone. We’ll see how things go; it hasn’t even been a week yet. But so far it’s going really well.

I have some help in creating a nonfiction element for the zine that will have all sorts of cool implications (online components, subscription levels, adding a new depth to the zine, etc.) starting with the next issue.

There is someone I have in mind to help with art direction. I’m hoping to make a move towards color covers in the next year, and I’ll need help doing color separation.

I probably need more help. I have some people in mind to help out with different aspects of the business of making a zine, but for now just adding the help I briefly outlined above is a huge step.

Another thing that’s become clear to me is that this zine will not be able to grow, and most likely, will not be able to survive if I cannot grow my subscriber base. I do not want to stop making Electric Velocipede; I plan on making issues far far into the future. My hope is that the decision to stop is something I make of my own volition rather than something that’s made for me.

I’ve never asked for subscribers before. I’ve never done a subscription drive. I’ve thought about it in the past, but always decided against it.

Not this time.

If I can admit to myself that letting the zine limp on by doing everything myself is not a good thing, I can also admit to myself that I need support from readers. There are some really cool things I want to do. Some cool things I’ve got planned already (see below) that won’t be possible without your help.

Things will be able to continue for a little while the way they are now without your help. But it will be something I won’t be able to maintain indefinitely.

So, here are a few things to keep in mind while you consider whether to subscribe. I will be raising the price of the zine next year from $4 an issue to $5 an issue. The issue that’s coming out next year for Wiscon will be a special issue, and therefore most likely $6 or $7.

The subscription price right now is $15 for four issues. That’s currently a savings of $1 off the cover price. However, if you subscribe now, you’ll get issue #13 this year, the special Wiscon issue, and two more issues for that same $15, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price and potentially more.

There is also a patronage subscription available. For $100, you get everything that I publish, for as long as I publish (shipping is included, even for international folks). I want to keep doing this for a long time.

I have two chapbooks coming out this year: one from William Shunn and one from Robert Freeman Wexler. I will publish at least two more chapbooks. I want to increase the number of issue I publish each year. I want to change over to perfect bound color covers. I’d like to pay my authors more.

What does it really mean?

It all boils down to the fact that I can’t keep doing this on my own. I’ve come a long way on my own. But I’m not content to sit where I am.

I’m very excited about the things I have planned for the future.

I’m also able to admit that I can’t get any further without help.

John Klima
Editor
Electric Velocipede

Wyrm to Publish Signed Limited of Memorare by Gene Wolfe

Memorare by Gene Wolfe
Signed Limited Hardcover
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Humans go into space for many reasons. For some it’s adventure and excitement. Others, it’s the solitude. And some choose it for their final resting place. March Wildspring is a freelance cameraman, working on a documentary on the memorials drifting in the emptiness of space. Some are lovely, peaceful monuments to the deceased. Others are built not to honor the dead but trap the living.

Memorial 19 is like nothing March has ever seen before. And when he and his crew enter it, they will not be allowed to leave unchanged….

For the writers among us…

Any suggestions for someone who is having a hard time creating book summaries? Of all the things I’ve had to do since starting Wyrm Publishing, this is the thing that gives me the biggest headaches.

Wyrm to Publish Signed Limited of TOAST by Charles Stross

Award-winning author, Charles Stross is one of today’s most exciting and entertaining writers. This November/December, Wyrm will publish a signed limited edition hardcover of his first short story collection, TOAST.  This book brings together some of his best short stories published between 1989 and 2001, including his Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon Award nominated work, “Lobsters”.

I’m very pleased to have this book as part of Wyrm’s starting lineup.  Previously published by Cosmos (an imprint of Wildside), this book has only been available in hardcover via POD, so I’m looking to make this the definitive collectors edition.  Limited to only 700 copies, this edition will feature new introductions and cover art and also restore one story previously dropped from the contents. 

Tides from the New Worlds by Tobias Buckell

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been dealing with four book contracts for Wyrm Publishing.  One of them is finally done, so I am proud to announce:

Tides from the New Worlds by Tobias Buckell

Limited Edition: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies
Expected Publication Date: Early 2008

Caribbean born novelist Tobias Buckell established himself as a gifted new voice in science fiction with his stunning first novel Crystal Rain. Now, in his first collection of shorter work, Buckell demonstrates his strengths in the short form, offering readers a collection of stories that are compelling, smart, wonderfully imagined, and entertaining.

Tides from the New Worlds contains 19 stories that range from multicultural science fiction to magical realism, some in print for the first time.

A tentative table of contents can be found on our website.

Promoting your work

It occurred to me that there are quite a few people reading this blog that might have some thoughts on self-promoting.  Clarkesworld Magazine has been going strong for eight issues now, recently received a cool little award, and has had a couple of stories picked up for some best collections.  Seems to me that I should be able to take advantage of this, do some promoting, and increase our readership.  Sounds simple, but I know from experience that it takes some talent and creativity.   Anyhow, I’d love to hear what some of you have done to promote your work and if you have any suggestions that might help me, all the better!

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