The postage costs relate to the fact that all hard copy material is posted to me and I post review copies on to reviewers. One option I am looking at is organising the publishing house to post the book to the reviewer and bypass me in the process. The issue with that is that about 80% of the books I receive I do not know are coming. Also, it requires reviewers to take review assignments before ASif! receives the book. Often, review copies sit in my office and wait for reviewer workloads to open up and have space for the review. I would think that if we cannot immediately place a review copy with a reviewer, we would lose the option to review. Not something I am cool doing. If anyone has a better solution, please put it forward!
In the meantime, in order to ensure that the enormous pile of review copies that came in while I was away get placed and that there is no break in review transmission, I am holding a Donation Drive. All monies received will be used in ASif! running costs.
I am currently still putting together the prizes but here's the deal! For every $5 donation to the drive, I will put your name into the ASif! Donation Drive Prize Raffle. So if you give $15, you have 3 chances to win. Over the next month, I am hoping the prize pool will grow. Currently the prize pool is:
5 copies of Shiny Issue 1
5 copies of New Ceres Issue 2
1 copy of Potato Monkey Issue 5 (the final issue!!)
1 signed copy of Seacastle by Tansy Rayner Roberts
1 copy of Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
1 copy of Celtika, Book 1 of the Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock
1 copy of The Iron Grail, Book 2 of the Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock
If you are interested in donating a prize, please contact me at girlie dot jones @ gmail dot com
If you are a writer and interested/willing to participate in a short story writing stunt (you don't have to write a whole short story) - soon to be announced - please also email me at girlie dot jones @ gmail dot com
The December Donation Drive kicks off today and all donations received from now till Dec 24th will be put into the prize draw. You can donate by clicking this button:
Thank you for all your support for this project up until now, and hopefully into the future. I have many plans for expansion for ASif and I hope to be able to still maintain the site and implement these over 2008.
I would greatly appreciate any and all assistance in broadcasting this call as widely as possible.