I need a financier.
Specifically, I am looking for someone who is able to manage crowdfunding campaigns and raise money for short fiction anthology projects.
The short form business plan is a publishing company specifically designed to produce short fiction, multi-author anthologies. The anthologies would be speculative genre fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror. We would solicit fiction from self- and indie-published authors.
I know what I can do. I can set the perimeters of the project, I can pitch it to the authors, I have the contacts within the writing community and I can expand on that. I can get the content, and I can manage the creative end of the project.
What I can’t do is manage the demand side. I can’t raise money, and I can’t sell. I need to partner with a promoter who can.
I haven’t sat down and worked out exact figures, but my initial estimate is a thousand dollars for authors, and another thousand for proofing and cover art. I am not sure how much a crowdfunding campaign would have to generate in pre-sales in order to clear that after fulfilling all of the orders and crowdfunding extras. Five grand? Seven and a half?
That’s why I need a financier. I need someone who is willing to sit down and work out the details and then take responsibility for raising the necessary funds. I’ll handle the rest–getting the stories, selecting and arranging them, getting the project edited, buying the artwork, formatting the project, getting the files up on Amazon for sale.
Promotion after production will be aided, one hopes, by the individual authors–granted, they would have no financial stake after the initial sale, but the works will show up as part of their bibliography. Paid promotions may also be a possibility, depending on the success of the crowdfunding.
Giving the anthologies a recognizable brand will also, I hope, lead to suggestive sales of all of the titles. And I’ll do my own promotion, such as it is. I do a little better selling other people’s writing than I do my own.
I have a lot of questions and I don’t have the answers. I’m not even sure how many partners the initial project should have–perhaps more than one person on the sales side. I’m fairly sure that I can handle the production side by myself–even assuming that I will keep my full time day job to pay my rent and groceries–but another partner to help put together the books themselves might be advisable.
What I have is a vision. A market for new voices and a regular schedule for the production of quality fiction collections, in e-book and print editions, audio as well if I can swing it. I enjoy working with other authors, and I think I’m good at it. I know that there are a lot of talented authors out there who are frustrated by the lack of opportunities in the short fiction market.
And I honestly believe that short fiction is necessary for the health of genre fiction in general.
I don’t know any financiers, and I don’t even know how to find any. But I am sure that there are people with the skills I need who would be interested in the project. At leat, I hope so.