Now that the election is finally over, I can finally refocus a little bit on the literary magazine project.
I contacted some printers and found out that, yes, I can get a magazine/softcover printed significantly cheaper per copy than at createspace. Howver, to obtain that cheapness, I’d need to sell in the neighborhood of 2,000-3,000 copies. That would require a wildly successful kickstarter campaign.
So how likely is it that a literary magazine will have a wildly successful campaign? Not very. There are only a handfull of similar campaigns that have reach wild success. And as far as I can tell, all of those projects are either by a current successful magazine (Lightspeed has several special editions) or by people who have worked in the fiction publishing industry for a long time. I have neither.
So that means for now, I won’t even consider a digest-sized, newsprint paper, magazine similar to the current popular scifi/fantasy magazines (Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, etc). It has to be print on demand. To be fair, though, createspace does a great job, so at least it’d be a quality product, materials-wise.
I’m researching now author contracts for this sort of thing.