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June 1, 2009
IAF Goes For The Sponsors
The Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF), whose event I mentioned a couple weeks ago, is putting together a new volume of fiction writing.
The book, currently called Interfictions 2 is a follow-on to their successful publication in 2007 of a work of collected short fictions that exist between the large spaces of current mass-market genre definitions.
In the blog entry introducing the book, they break down the costs line by line and ask for sponsorship. You can sponsor an individual story, cover the online costs for the electronic companion to the printed stories, or cover the expenses associated with the production of the physical work itself (printing, typesetting, etc.). You can even cover the costs associated with sending out review copies. Since the IAF is set up as a US 501(c)3 organization your contribution is entirely tax deductible.
As I've discussed before, I don't think the sponsorship (or more elegantly 'patron of the arts') model is widely scalable. It's not going to replace mass market publication anytime soon. However, it seems pretty well suited to this kind of thing - a specific project, with a strongly dedicated audience. So go sponsor something already!
(I think I'll sponsor sending out review copies because I believe that publicity creates a virtuous circle. Thus this blog.)
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