A taste of things to come at LSQ...
Okay everyone! Remember last week when we teased that there would be some announcements coming soon? Well, here's your first bit of major news:
We are going to become a paying market!!! (at least, we hope we will)
You will note the new donation button on the sidebar, just to your right. That is the first step in an on-going fundraising campaign that will allow us to start buying stories instead of simply giving our writers unpaid exposure.
We have loved every one of the stories we have published and we are so grateful to our authors for taking a chance with us, despite not getting paid for their efforts. However, it has always been our dream to compensate these amazing women for their hard work and imagination. The time is coming soon when this dream will be a reality.
Now, the one little trick to pulling this off is that we need the money to do it. Our editor has been paying hosting costs, etc. out of pocket (and no worries, that will continue uninterupted, no matter what), but that has been the extent of what she can afford. In order to pay authors, we need some income. Ads have never been a viable option for us, and we don't wish to start using that model now.
There are quite a few other plans in the works to raise funds (hint: kickstarter), but we are starting small and simple. So, if you have a dollar or two (or 20), please consider chipping in to help us fund those booster rockets that will take us to the next orbit! If you can't spare a dollar right now (we know, times are tough), then getting the word out on your social media of choice would be a huge help! There are new link badges as well, so if you'd like to add us to your sidebar, we'd be grateful.
This is the next step in pushing LSQ's mission forward. We are here to help women speculative fiction writers find a voice. We continue to sing our song, celebrating the boundary-stretching, genre-defying stories within us all. With your help, we can take that message to the next level.
Speaking of boundary-stretching, while you're here, please take some time to enjoy our featured story of the week, "Ten By Ten: Or the Journey Across the Narrow Wooden Bridge" by Kristen Julia Anderson. Stories like this one are the reason Luna Station Quarterly exists.