Guest Bio: Joe Stech
Data Scientist by day, science fiction editor by night.
The Prosperity Dimension™ 004: Show Notes
Joe has been interested in science fiction since he was very small, and he tried writing science fiction when he was in college. He says he wasn’t particularly good at writing but still enjoyed reading and talking about science fiction.
“The one thing I was the most interested in was the interesting extrapolations based in science”
He enjoys several types of science fiction material, but mainly the writings that were very plausible. This type of science fiction is uncommon, as you have to have a background in science or engineering to really convince the reader.
Nicole adds that scientists wrote the original science fiction works.
“I miss that because we don’t see as much of that exploration, really looking at what could be”
Most of the submissions for Joe’s magazine, Compelling Science Fiction, came from Hacker News.
Nicole notes that in today’s content-heavy world, people are asked to write for free exposure.
“You die from exposure”
Joe wanted to pay writers that provided content for his magazine a fair rate, as he wanted to publish the best hard fiction out there.
“That’s what inspires the next generation on science and technological progress; things that get your imagination going but are also grounded in reality.
He also wanted to support the people who write the type of material that he appreciates.
“There’s no better way to support people than financially, generally speaking”
Joe shares that he receives about 250 submissions per month and can only accept a few of those to appear in his publication every few months. He evaluates every story that gets sent in and has five advisors that help him determine what stories to select. He estimates that he’s personally read about 700 stories that have been submitted to date.
He doesn’t purchase copyrights, but buys first publication rights. This involves exclusive publication rights for the first 6 months, then non-exclusive rights for the next three years.
“I want authors to be able to do what they want with their work”
If someone was looking to do something similar by starting his or her own publication, Joe recommends first figuring out if there’s any interest at all. When he started his magazine, he created a quick landing page with an email opt-in, and posted it to Hacker News. He then opened submissions and got a few hundred people to opt-in, going back to the site when the first issue was released.
Joe wanted any donations that he could get to be recurring, which lead to him using Patreon. It was affordable, as well as an easy way to start accepting donations.
Nicole shares that there is an amazing crossover between science fiction and creating innovative ideas in business.
Joe’s favorite book is “A Deepness in the Sky” by Vernor Vinge. He says the book contains interesting storylines, which appeal to his engineer brain.
“It’s deep and complex, but it doesn’t ever rely on fantasy concepts.
Become a patron of Compelling Science Fiction magazine at https://www.patreon.com/compelling
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