The post below was written by mroctober aka Steve Berman of Lethe Press, which publishes gay and lesbian fiction, especially science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The press has a very impressive roster of authors. The post is reposted in full with Mr. Berman's permission; you can find the original post here if you want to reply to him.
As far as I know, "Icarus" is the
only gay speculative fiction magazine, and it's one of the few gay fiction magazines in existence. If you enjoy reading gay speculative fiction, please do spread the word about the magazine and consider buying an issue or subscribing.
--DPSteve Berman wrote:
So, after reviewing Lethe Press's P&L statement, I noticed that I lost around four thousand dollars last year on Icarus, the Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction
. Now, I never expected to make
a bundle or even a profit. My goal was to provide a venue for stories that some markets might consider "too gay" or "too odd." Also to spread awareness of gay fantasy, science-fiction and horror. But I did not want to lose so much.
Icarus is printed on full-color, glossy stock and runs 52 pages. The cover price alone does not cover the printing costs. Or the print subscription of $50 a year. Factor in paying authors (yes, I do pay authors, not professional rates, but something is better than nothing; paying artists, paying copyeditor and layout fellow) and each issue is expensive. If I send copies to stores to sell, I do so at 1/2 off the cover price = again losing money.
Digital subscriptions do help, as they avoid the printing costs and recoup the intellectual and design costs.
Alas, despite whatever % of the population is gay and whatever % of the population likes spec fic, we've really managed few readers and subscribers. I am worried that Icarus cannot go on past 2013 at this rate.
I would appreciate it if you would spread the word about the magazine. Consider subscribing to the print or digital editions (yes, I still want print subscribers, as I think owning a physical magazine, sharing a print magazine, has value -- it's a reason I'm not solely an ebook publisher). Not gay or wanting to read gay fiction? Buy an issue or four as a present for a gay friend or community center.Here is a link to explore and purchase print and digital issues. You can preview all fifteen of our issues, which have published award-winning authors like Richard Bowes, Sandra McDonald, and Lee Thomas.
To buy a digital subscription, 24.99 for four issues, click here
Please spread the word.