Our patrons at the LONTAR Patreon have now been charged for issue #9, and I want to very publicly thank each and every one of them for coming to our aid in our time of need. They heeded the call for help after the funding rug was ripped out from underneath us, and I can’t put into words how much their financial generosity means to LONTAR and to me personally.
Because we had to send the print edition of L9 to press before all of the Patreon pledges were in, anyone who pledged in this last month may notice their name missing from the acknowledgements page. And even though it will be listed in the ebook edition (soon also available at Weightless Books), I want to recognise all of our wonderful patrons right here. Thank you for being such awesome human beings.
Ho Zhi Hui
Melissa De Silva
Lo Hwei Shan
Sng Wei Tien
Solar System Level
Paolo Jose Cruz
Wei Fen Lee
Eric James Stone
Fernando da Silva Trevisan
Many thanks to all of our new and existing supporters at Patreon for their generosity: we are now 65% to our goal of $1,250 USD for funding issue #9!
As I mentioned in the previous post, we are having to make up the financial shortfall to publish L9 after NAC turned down our grant (along with many others). The print edition has come back from the printers and will be available in bookshops soon (although you can order it direct from Epigram Books right now), so the money to pay for the print run has already been spent by the publisher, but we still need to pay that money back.
Patron levels start at $3 USD, but if you’re unable to pledge to the Patreon directly, please do me a huge favour and spread the word about this online. We only have $430 USD left to go in order to fully fund the issue, and only one week left to raise it.
Issue #9 has been proofread and sent to the printers, and will be coming out near the end of October. I’ll be revealing the cover art here soon, although our Patreon patrons have already gotten a sneak peek. Which leads me to the following.
The National Arts Council of Singapore rejected our grant application for L9, despite their history of supporting us since L3. This was extraordinarily disappointing, not least of all because it threatened an early cancellation of the journal; we came *this* close to disappearing altogether. However, Epigram Books will still be publishing the issue, thanks in part to our Patreon funding.
That said, we currently have a $1,300 SGD shortfall (~$950 USD), which I will have to pay out of my own pocket if further funding does not appear.
So please, do me a huge favour and become a Patreon patron (and spread the word) to help us make up this gap. There are many patronage tiers depending on your comfort level and financial situation, starting at $3 USD. And at the $75 level, you have the choice between signed copies of Here Be Dragons by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar, or Red Dot Irreal by your humble founding editor.
I will be charging our patrons for issue #9 on 30 October 2017, so if you can help us out (and also be listed in the issue for your support), make sure to pledge by this date. Thanks in advance!
The print version of issue #7 should be appearing in bookstores in Singapore this week (if it hasn’t already); the ebook version was released to our Patreon patrons yesterday, and I woke up to the news this morning that it was already up at Weightless Books along with an interview with L7 contributor Zen Cho!
So! Look over the contents for L7 on our website, and read Zen Cho’s story “七星鼓 (Seven Star Drum)” and the interview with her for free. If you’re in Singapore, stalk your favourite bookshops for the issue (if it’s not there, please ask them to order it!) or order it directly from Epigram Books. If you dig ebooks, nab it now from Weightless Books. Once you’ve read it, please rate and review it over at Goodreads.
And do consider becoming our patron, to ensure that we continue to bring you such dynamite issues!
The contents for issue #8 have now been finalised and the authors contacted, so if you’re waiting to hear from us, it means that your piece is still under consideration. We appreciate your continued patience.
Issue #7 arrived from the printers yesterday, and will be making its way to Singaporean bookshops within the next couple of weeks. However, you can order it right now directly from Epigram Books!
Next week, I will be distributing the ebook to our Patreon patrons, as well as getting ready to mail the print edition to our Galaxy Level funders. So, if you want to get your name in the ebook edition of L7 (and for both versions in forthcoming issues), pledge before 12noon Singapore time on Saturday the 15th to begin your patronage with this issue!
Patreon has just processed patron payments for June, which means that everyone who pledged by the 27th has received both the epub and mobi files for the LONTAR issue #6 ebook, meaning that you can read it on virtually any e-reader in the world. Yay technology!
The Galaxy Level supporters ($25+ per issue) will also receive the print edition of L6 in the mail very soon. And you’re not going to believe how awesome it is until you hold it in your hands. 🙂
If you pledge anytime between 28th June and mid-October, you’ll be able to receive our seventh issue, which is another doozy. I’ll be releasing the table of contents and cover art soon, so be sure to pledge ASAP so that you can enjoy our patron-only content.
To become a LONTAR patron starting with issue #6, you must pledge by midnight EST on 27 June. More on this below.
LONTAR issue #6 has now been out for a couple of months (and is already a bestseller at Weightless Books, yay!), and after much back-and-forth with the folks at Patreon, I think I finally have a handle on how things will work for us there. Here’s how it’ll go:
On 28 June, I will put up a Paid Post that will give all current patrons immediate access to the ebook version of L6, in addition to any other rewards they get based on the tier at which they’ve pledged. Therefore, if you want to become a LONTAR patron starting with issue #6, you will need to pledge by midnight EST on 27 June.
This is because Patreon does not charge you if you pledge after a Paid Post has already been made (and therefore, you will not have access to that post), so if you pledge after midnight EST on 27 June, then your patronage will start with issue #7 in October.
Much of my confusion came with how and when patrons were charged (I’d thought that it was automatically at the end of the month after they pledged, but nope), as well as how patrons could access the ebook version of the journal. Patreon has very firm rules on both of these matters, but only for creators who charge based on content released; for creators with monthly patronage, things are much easier.
This is all a learning experience, and so I hope you’ll forgive the little hiccups like these that may arise. I want to be fair to our patrons, and also make sure that we get paid for what is being pledged.
So one more time: if you want to become a LONTAR patron starting with issue #6, you will need to pledge by midnight EST on 27 June.
For the first time, LONTAR is increasing its payment rate for contributors! Yay!
Payment is now a flat $30 SGD per short story or non-fiction article, $15 SGD per poem or set of poems, $55 SGD per original comic and $30 SGD per reprint comic.
Publisher Edmund Wee has agreed to this increase in order to offset the 10% withholding tax for residents outside of Singapore. (Meaning that if you live in the US and sell a story to us, you’ll actually be getting $27, which is still a slight bump from before. This is unfortunately a financial rule by IRAS that we have to comply with, although if you live in Singapore, the withholding tax does not apply.)
These new payment rates will start with issue #7, which is scheduled for October 2016, and it’s another cracker of an issue.
And if you want to help bump those rates up even further, become a LONTAR patron today!
LONTAR has a Patreon page!
In case you don’t know what Patreon is all about, an explanation: as opposed to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, which are project-based and only move forward if they’re fully funded, Patreon is a way for people to support an artist or organisation (in this case, a literary journal) on an on-going basis. Patreon takes its cue from the patronages of old, but instead of Leonardo da Vinci relying on the largesse of the Medici family and the King of France, this new model utilises smaller pledges from many people. The readers and supporters of LONTAR, including you reading my words right now, can directly support the efforts of our journal, and have a stake in its continued production and (hopeful) expansion.
We are hoping to raise $2,500 USD (~$3,500 SGD) to independently fund each issue; this will allow us to move beyond the dependency on government funding (with the caveat that NAC has never been anything but supportive of us, and has never tried to dictate our content) and become completely self-sufficient. Any money above and beyond this initial goal will go toward increasing the payment for our contributors to SFWA-qualifying rates, expanding our marketing and publicity budget, and maybe one day even paying yours truly. This is an obtainable objective, and you have it in your power to make it happen. There are also specific rewards for each pledge level, and the more you pledge, the cooler the stuff you’ll get in return.
If you love LONTAR as much as we do, please go to patreon.com/lontarjournal today to make your pledge, and spread the word, so that we can continue for many years to come. Become a LONTAR patron today!