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Starting a zine

Is it possible to start an indie literary (web?)zine in this part of history? Do you have any tips on marketing, gaining submissions, the publishing itself, editing and other things involved in the making of a zine?

Your own experiences, speculations and links to articles are welcome!

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  1. Zarasophos
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    Very much yes. I was once Editor in chief of a magazine (first online, then print), that was run by volunteers, organised only through Discord and Google Docs. It takes a lot of time, but...

    Very much yes. I was once Editor in chief of a magazine (first online, then print), that was run by volunteers, organised only through Discord and Google Docs. It takes a lot of time, but mechanically, it's very doable. My main input would that from a certain point onward, projects become impossible to run alone. You need to have collaborators, and regular and helpful ones at that. It really helps to take stock and see if and how you can get those, and if you have them, working with them on something you're all excited about really can be a blast.

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    ThatFanficGuy
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    Literary? You have piqued my interest. Do share what information you can about it.

    Literary? You have piqued my interest.

    Do share what information you can about it.

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      iiv
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      I think contemporary short-form literary fiction and poetry is difficult to find. Most of the new stuff in libraries are either non-fiction (which is fine, but I'm not very interested in that) or...

      I think contemporary short-form literary fiction and poetry is difficult to find. Most of the new stuff in libraries are either non-fiction (which is fine, but I'm not very interested in that) or just shit (I'm sorry if I sound elitist, but in my opinion literary fiction and poetry is leagues ahead of Part 2/5 of Generic Thriller Series and How I became a man: 5 steps to a better life.)

      I also think it is difficult to publish. It doesn't sell. I know many talented people who will never be able to share their works with the world because there is no money to be earned by the publishing houses. I think it'd be great to give amateurs and hobbyists an outlet for their creative expressions.

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      1. daturkel
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        I think your main issue is going to be getting quality submissions. If you assume the 1/n submissions will meet your standards, and you want p submissions per "issue," then you can expect to need...

        I think your main issue is going to be getting quality submissions. If you assume the 1/n submissions will meet your standards, and you want p submissions per "issue," then you can expect to need roughly n*p submissions, at least. Assuming you're not paying, then talented people will submit to outlets that will pay or at least have larger public profile.

        This is not to say you shouldn't try it. The DIY spirit is sort of the whole point of a zine. But also, based on the standards you imply in your post, don't be surprised if you find some of the submissions to also be "shit."

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        ThatFanficGuy
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        Are you planning to include writing about writing?

        Are you planning to include writing about writing?

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          iiv
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          I haven't thought about that, but I'm not ruling it out.

          I haven't thought about that, but I'm not ruling it out.

          2 votes
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            ThatFanficGuy
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            Either way, if you're looking for a starting roster, hit me up.

            Either way, if you're looking for a starting roster, hit me up.

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              iiv
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              Thanks! I forgot to say that it will most likely only be in Swedish ;) But I might hit you up anyway!

              Thanks! I forgot to say that it will most likely only be in Swedish ;) But I might hit you up anyway!

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              1. ThatFanficGuy
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                ...Yes, you've neglected to mention that. That might restrict your international reach somewhat. What you might want to do is advertise through local channels. Universities, libraries, book clubs,...

                ...Yes, you've neglected to mention that. That might restrict your international reach somewhat.

                What you might want to do is advertise through local channels. Universities, libraries, book clubs, book stores, time caf├ęs if you have those... Anywhere where there's a lot of young people who aren't there to dread their existence.

                Also, don't hit me up, 'cause my Swedish is maybe two words.

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    Akir
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    Clearly you will need to use this piece of software. I noted that you were talking it being in Swedish, but just so you know the word 'zine' has a bunch of implications here in the US that set...

    Clearly you will need to use this piece of software.

    I noted that you were talking it being in Swedish, but just so you know the word 'zine' has a bunch of implications here in the US that set them apart from professionally-produced commercial magazines. Mainly that it's going to have small distribution, written by one person or a very small number of collaborators, and that it's not going to have many issues. More often than not, a zine is going to mostly contain art of some sort, and often full of edgy opinions. Most of the time I see modern zines, they are free.

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    1. m15o
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      Haha that software looks awesome, but almost crashed my browser :D Love it though.

      Haha that software looks awesome, but almost crashed my browser :D Love it though.

    2. iiv
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      Thanks for the link! I am aware of what a zine usually looks like, I don't mean "magazine". And it will be very low budget, free and limited in scope.

      Thanks for the link! I am aware of what a zine usually looks like, I don't mean "magazine". And it will be very low budget, free and limited in scope.