If you consider TCM a start up, we are doing pretty great for a non-technical one. There is slow and steady growth, there is development, and there are big ass plans for where we are heading.
We put out our product after three weeks of development. The first issue was rough around the edges, but fiction was better than 75% of all the semi pro zines. We’ve got hundreds of organic engagement on mailchimp newsletter and they even generated some sales.
We haven’t even closely broken even, but I’d consider the current ROI decent.
Gathering high-quality content seems to be an issue so far. Getting a lot of fic/non-fic submissions is not a problem. Getting the good ones is. If I get six great stories in a cycle all six go inbthe issue, if I get three – it’s three. And piling through tons of outright shit, and mostly disrespectful submissions (don’t get me started on those dimwitted dicks who don’t read the FUCKING GUIDLINES) takes time and human resources. Without Olivia’s help it would be insurmountable.
Another problem is the funds. I’m paying hundreds of dollars from my own pocket because I live this thing. But my pockets have their limits, sadly. Getting people to support on patreon would take time and fantastic content. But most of all – consistency.
More than anything I wish to have a presence at cons in English language markets. To be the thing people readers and authors mention when discussing great short stories.
We’ve got a lot to do and there will be a lot of changes over the next year.
Also if our magazine leads to a someone’s full-fledged book, my spm (stans per minute) for that author would be through the roof.
What I plan to achieve in a year:
Interviews with China Mieville, NK Jemisin and Neil Gaiman.
YouTube channel with fantastic content and production.
Series of articles on gender and sexuality in sci-fi (already starts in issue #2).
Healthy, growing community.