Trials and Tribulations

Happy New Year!

It has been quite a while since I have given an update to the site, and the New Year seems like a perfect time to do so.

Like a young teen in love who keeps track of such things, we will soon be hitting our six month anniversary. It doesn’t feel like half a year has passed, if I am being honest. That said, I swear it was only yesterday that I was lamenting on passing out of my teens, let alone my twenties. The gears of time keep turning, and the inexorable march of hair follicles from the top of my head to my shoulders continues.

Anyway (yes, the previous paragraph was a weird one – let’s just agree to move on), 2022 is set to be an exciting year. Early on will be the release of our first anthology, titled “The Etherea Codex”. It will in two print editions – a nice affordable paperback, and a chunky, satisfying to hold hardback suitable for coffee tables. I can’t wait for you all to see it (and buy it, nudge nudge).

We are soon going to be undertaking a Kickstarter, to help fund 2022’s issues (Which will be different to the issues of 2022, which I am sure will be 2020 v3.0). Of interest to our submitters, if we reach certain levels on the Kickstarter, payments to authors will rise!

Of similar interest to those writers submitting to us, you may have noticed a small change to the submission guidelines. There is now a new submission section, labelled Subscriber Submission. Essentially, if you are a subscriber, you get a faster response time, whether it be an acceptance or rejection. You will also get some guaranteed story feedback, if requested. I ummed and ahhed about whether to include expedited responses for subscribers, but in reality, I don’t consider it unethical to prioritise a response to the people who are helping the magazine stay afloat.

The other option is I could take a note out of Wikipedia’s book, and try to guilt a dollar or two out of each visitor every time they come to the site. The digital puppy dog eyes might just work!

Circling back (corporate speak!) to Subscriber Submissions, I would like to point out that there is a trial period for the Monthly Subscriptions. If one were to say, use the coupon code ‘trial’, and then get the first month free, you would TECHNICALLY be a subscriber. You could then both get a copy of the magazine, and enter a Subscriber Submission. At this point, I would love for you to see the quality of Etherea, have a thoroughly good time reading it, and remain a subscriber (please support us?… There is the puppy dog eyes)

But if you were to cancel before your first month was up, before you get the initial charge, there would be nothing I could do about it. Nothing at all. Nope, not one thing.

Thank you for reading, and I hope that 2022 turns out to be your year!



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