Following a considerable amount of good points and grueling comments on the innerwebs this week, opening the discussion about how to pay the artists and laborers responsible for Needle seems a good idea. The original idea was to tack on a wee bit to the Lulu print price and work from there. But it’ll be a while before we make enough to pay anyone. So, let’s work on that.
A few ideas for revenue models and my quick thoughts:
1) Increasing the cost of the magazine. I don’t like this idea because it means fewer people will get to read it.
2) Putting a DONATE button on this Web site with a donation count.
3) Working something with kickstarter.com. Check them out.
4) Taking “Gold Level” sponsorships in which people donate $500 and get something of value besides my thanks. What would that be? A copy of NEEDLE signed by all writers? How would we do that? What else could we do as a “premium” to sponsors? Get them the magazine a week early? I dunno. This seems kinda cool.
5) Some sort of co-op partnership. People put in $500 and after NEEDLE covers expenses, any left-over money goes back to the partners?
6) Advertising. I think this is a big “no thanks.” I don’t want to spend time selling ads. I want to read crime fiction. That’s the whole point.
7) Lowering costs by going online only? No. That’s against the whole point.
8) Creating a Kindle edition to generate more revenue? Again, that’s not ink on paper. I am against it for this project, which exists to put great crime fiction on paper. Great for other projects, but not for NEEDLE.
Everyone agrees that the artists and laborers need to be paid. Let’s discuss how to do it. Also, let’s chat about ideas to boost sales/drive traffic to the subscription page.
Thanks for your help,