Monday, November 17, 2008

YOU Make the Difference

Fringe loves you. You love Fringe. But that's not all.

Sure, Fringe has a website that looks good, but did you know that each slick issue of Fringe takes more than 20 hours to code and load? We'd like to reduce that time and give you a product that looks even more suave by upgrading our site. But it won't come cheap -- we need $10,000 to get the job professionally done and to get our weekends back from HTML.

We wouldn't ask you to do anything we aren't willing to: In addition to lavishing time on our issues, each Fringe editor donates $10 per month, or $120 per year to keep your favorite online journal afloat.

If everyone on our newslist donated $25, we'd have more than enough to get a new website and pay our extra operating costs. We are a federal nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible. You can donate here --

And, if you donate $50 or more by the end of the year, we'll send you a Fringe shot glass! Guaranteed to start lots of fringey conversations.

As always, thank you for your generous support of Fringe. Keep indie publishing HOT!

The Editors of Fringe

Fringe Magazine

Curious about what we spend our money on? Take a look at our 2008 operations budget:

$ 48 Cost of web space
$ 488 Legal filing fees associated with maintaining nonprofit status.
$ 120 Dirty Water Reading Series
$ 300 Marketing budget
$ 200 Miscellaneous expenses, including web consulting
$ 375 For a table at the American Writing Programs conference. (This year a gracious donor paid our way.)
$ 75 Membership in the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
$1,231 Total Budget vs $1,180 in 2008 donations ($800 from Fringe editors and $380 from readers)


Anonymous said...

Hey Fringies,

If I donated $50 bucks I would want a tote bag not a shot glass. There are not so many uses for a shot glass beyond drinking at home, whereas with a tote I could advertise for you wherever I went. Just an idea.

Lizzie said...

We'd love to offer tote bags, but unfortunately, the cost of printing them is prohibitively expensive for us.

You're totally right, though, the logo would look way cute on a bag -- a thought for us to keep in our heads for when we finally have the big bucks.