I know a lot of good independent writers. I know a number of good independent artists, and few really top notch independent editors. I even know several good independent voice actors for recording audiobooks.
All of which is great, because it means that new, original fiction is being created and brought to market on a regular basis.
Today, though, I want to give a shout out to an independent publisher who you need to watch. Publishing, as near as I can determine, is kind of like juggling snakes while killer cyborgs throw dry ice snowballs at you. While balancing on 2×4 over a wood chipper. I mean, it’s hard. I’ve tried it, and it is not for the weak.
Cirsova is good at it. And I’m not just saying that because he’s published two of my stories and has another one that he’s bringing out in the Winter issue of Cirsova Magazine. Or because he pays authors and artists top dollar, and in a timely manner. Or because he has a unique visual style that has created an instantly recognizable brand from the magazine’s first issue.
Cirsova is consistent. That’s about the rarest trait you’ll find in creative people. It has now been just over two years that Cirsova Magazine has been published and every single issue has come out as scheduled, with a consistent level of quality genre fiction. Issue #8 is currently available for pre-order.
And Cirsova is expanding into book publishing, having just announced the upcoming release of Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars III. I don’t know this particular franchise, myself, but I know Cirsova, and I’m sure it’s going to be a quality product, because that’s what Cirsova does.
This is a publishing company that is going places. Right now the advertising space is dirt cheap in Cirsova Magazine, but as the audience increases (and it is) the price is sure to go up. But consider–the ad that you buy today isn’t like an old style traditional magazine where the issue is out for a month and disappears–it won’t ever go out of print. And as new readers discover the magazine what are they going to do? Buy the back issues. With your ads that you bought cheap.
Such a deal.
But even if you don’t have a product to sell you owe to yourself to check out the magazine because it showcases some of the freshest, most interesting short genre fiction available today. A publisher who treats his authors well is going to get the best talent. He’s in a position to pick from the brightest stars of the indie publishing scene, and it’s just going to get better.
Trust me on this.