In plenty of ways, Kickstarter might have been designed with the publishing industry in mind; or perhaps modelled after it, since the whole subscription concept is pretty much based on trying to sell your product before it comes out. I've noticed Kickstarter being used quite a lot by the small press, and even the odd professional zine, and the results always seem to be positive. It's interesting and a little exciting that something like that has come along to help our always-slightly-beleagured industry and that so many people are embracing it. It's going to be interesting to see how this one goes, whether it's the beginning of a sea change in how magazines are funded or whether it'll peter out to nothing in a couple of years, like so many internet fads before it.
Anyway, the last time I talked about Kickstarter, it was in aid of an editor and a project I had plenty of time for, and that's equally the case this time around. Electric Velocipede has had a troubled time over the last couple of years, with a lengthy hiatus while it shifted over from print to electronic status - but through all that it's remains one of the best and most deservedly Hugo-nominated magazines out there, under the editorship of John Klima and recently with the able assistance of world's bestest copy editor Anne Zanoni. It very much deserves a new lease of life, and based on the results so far, looks set to get it.
Now, as usual I have a degree of bias here, since John published my story Dancing in the Winter Rooms not so long ago, and Anne hunted down and sorted out every last one of my dumbass mistakes and wild logical inconsistencies in Crown Thief while wearing her other, freelance copyeditor hat. Still, that should only be taken as more evidence for the fact that EV is great and deserving of having money thrown at it. And hey, if you pledge a thousand dollars, you get to travel back in time and witness the crucial and formative events in John's life that led to him becoming an editor in the first place.* How cool is that?
* Sadly, not true. Electric Velocipede in no way condones the abuse of time travel.