There’s a good chance that most people reading this are doing so because they know me as the Executive Editor of Dark Futures. Obviously, if you follow Dark Futures, you’re already aware that we’re currently doing a preorder campaign for Dark Futures Annual 1. I’m going to talk about that a bit today.
First of all, you can find that preorder campaign right here. Yes, it’s on Indiegogo. No, it’s not a normal crowdfunding thing. Dark Futures Annual 1 will be happening even if we don’t reach the $500 goal mark. That is the lowest goal that you’re allowed to set on Indiegogo.
I chose to use that site as a host for the preorder campaign for two reasons. First, it has an already established infrastructure. There is no need for me to manually take all of the preorders myself, or to find code to put on the site to serve a similar purpose and hope it works. It’s already there, nice and simple, all they ask is a small cut of the money that comes in. No problem. The second reason is I thought putting the campaign on such a large, well known site would increase visibility. It may be that it has but that hasn’t effected the contributions as far as I can tell. Of the (currently seven) contributors, there is only one who I do not know who they are. They others are people who will be appearing in the anthology, are followers of Dark Futures, or I know personally.
As of right now, we’re at a total of $125 raised in this campaign from seven contributors. Five people are in for paperback copies of the anthology, two for PDF copies.
Two of these contributors have also opted to sponsor a future Dark Futures writing contest, which is exciting. We’ve done two so far, with a third currently active on Writer’s Carnival. The first contest was also cosponsored by Writer’s Carnival. For that one, I judged the entries along with the pair of ladies who were running the site at the time. The second contest I ran and judged entirely by myself. For the future contests sponsored by these contributors, they will be choosing the theme of the contest (subject to my approval) and helping me judge the entries. I’m really looking forward to working with the both of them.
I had hoped to see some interest in the hardcover copies of the anthology but we have yet to have a single one of those ordered. I’m sure it’s because the price is rather steep but the printing on them is not going to be cheap so there isn’t really much room to move there. In any case, I will be printing at least three hardcover copies. One will be for myself, two for Kylie and Jason, who have helped a great deal during this first year of Dark Futures. For those who are not aware, Jason Miller is the guy behind the very popular cover art of Dark Futures Annual 1.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this at another time but I’m going to wrap things up for now. Thanks for reading and if there are any subjects you’d like me to cover in the future, let me know. My e-mail address if my name (davidstegora) @darkfuturesfiction.net.