With Issue 4 out, we’ve hit the end of our first year. We’ve had victories, failures (and a couple of epic fails, like Goodreads giving us the boot), laughs, and managed to get four issues out there on time each quarter. It’s been a magnificent year working out just what it is to be a small publisher, and I’ve got some people to thank for the experience.
Firstly, to you, our readers, thank you for giving us a crack and reading our issues, Facebook posts and blog rantings. Engaging you guys on our pages has been one of the highlights of running GdM. It’s been awesome getting to know the grimdark community.
Secondly, and very importantly, a huge thank you to the GdM team who have made this dream a reality by putting their expertise, passion and time into each issue and all that happens in between. Something that often goes unrecognised is that these small publisher teams often volunteer their time. Our team is 100% voluntary. GdM runs on pure passion for grimdark alone.
To find out more about the guys and to follow their own works, go over to our About Us page.
To the lifeblood; those hundreds of you who have submitted short stories to compete for the very few spots we have available for unsolicited short stories in a year. You’ve opened my eyes to what is possible in under 4,000 words. You’ve also shown us just how bloody difficult it can be to run a publication like this. Having to let some of your stories go to other publications because we ran out of budget is nothing short of gutting. I’ve been so stoked to be able to publish guys like Peter Fugazotto, Kelly Sandoval, Siobhan Gallagher, Aaron Fox-Lerner, Tim Napper and Tara Calaby alongside articles from contributors such as Jeremy Szal and our very own Layla Cummins. I can’t wait until we can afford to publish more words per issue.
Then there are those authors and publishers, literary heroes to the GdM team and I, who have been generous enough to trust us with their established world short stories, excerpts, articles, ARCs and interviews. We’re, of course, talking about Mark Lawrence (the first to give us a chance), Joe Abercrombie, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Graham McNeill, R. Scott Bakker, Richard K. Morgan, Kameron Hurley, Rob J. Hayes, John R. Fultz, Karen Miller, Luke Scull, Mike Brooks, Tim Marquitz, Matthew Ward, Richard Ford, Alex Marshall, Peter Newman, Peter V. Brett, Brandon Sanderson, Mike Fletcher, the guys at Hachette Australia, those champions at Ragnarok Publications, and Roc (among a few others).
Finally, the GdM covers. The artists have been fantastic, as I’m sure you will all agree. Jason Deem (GdM #4), Julian De Lio (GdM #2) and Austen Mengler (GdM #3) provided excellent covers. Nora Collins (GdM #1 and #4) and Rob Matheny (GdM #2 and #3) have done fantastic graphic design jobs with the cover images we’ve purchased.
After reading through what must feel like a bit of a cast of thousands, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s coming up for the second year? We’re going to provide more of the same, with short stories, interviews, reviews, and articles from established and new grimdark authors and a far more active blog presence. There are a bunch of irons in the fire with our favourite authors and some new ideas on competitions. (Watch this space.)
We’re hoping to reach and get beyond the break-even point financially this year so we can increase the per issue budget. This will include putting up some Google ads in our blog posts, among a few other different strategies, which we hope will provide us with better longevity and a meatier fiction part to each issue without pissing you off too much!
We can’t wait to bring you the second year of Grimdark Magazine. It’s going to be an absolute corker.