Kick-ass urban fantasy/noir/pulp/horror author Stephen Blackmoore weighs in on the successful funding of Fireside Magazine's Kickstarter and why it matters:
Fireside has had three issues so far and each one was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The last one came in right under the wire. Lots of possible reasons for that from people thinking they have time and missing the deadline, to not knowing until the signal is boosted enough for them to hear about it, to waiting to the last minute because they don’t want to back a losing horse, to Kickstarter Fatigue to… You get the idea. Point is that funding on an issue by issue basis may not be sustainable and it would really suck to find out first hand if that’s the case. Lots of Kickstarter campaigns just to fund a year? Real pain in the ass.
But if you can get people to fund a single issue why not get them to fund an entire year’s worth of issues in one shot? So that’s what they did.
Fireside's success is a nice boost to short fiction. It is also one of the few (and by "few" I mean "only") Kickstarters I've funded myself. Traditional publishing looks at short fiction like it's something on the bottom of their shoe. The funding of Kickstarters like Fireside's, as well as the brisk sales of short fiction by self-published and indie press authors via Kindle Direct Publishing, might be enough to wake the hidebound leviathan that is traditional publishing into realizing people will pay cash money for short fiction.
(Also, I was promised an Inspector Gadget, noir in this magazine. TAKE MY MONEY, DAMN IT!)