Grit and Determination
We chose to go ezine instead of print (we tried to print for 3 editions in our predecessor SQ Magazine) because the financial model was a lot better, and it tied in with our philosophy that we could be a free product, operating under a combination of donations and spin-off merchandise (and profits from an annual anthology of ‘best of’ SQ Mag).
Now that we have been operating since early 2012, we have found this new model sits well with us. We have yet to break even financially, but we also operate at very low expense levels, instead of focusing on quality.
We are marketed through Ralan.com and Duotrope.com, which are the leading market engines for writers, and we have attracted quality professional and semi-pro short story writers, willing to donate original fiction to us.
Including Jay Lake, Daniel Pearlman, Daniel I Russell, John Claude Smith, Cat Rambo (for issue #8), Tonia Brown (for issue #8), Geoff Brown (for issue #5), and others.
Through grit and determination, we are achieving our goal to keep high standards in our production, on par with many paying markets. We are confident that eventually, we will gain sufficient income to start paying our contributors.