Friday, October 16, 2009

Lightspeed Magazine

Another venue for artists. Prime books is launching Lightspeed, an online sf fiction magazine that promises to buy artwork. Not sure what their pay rates will be but it's worth keeping an eye out. They say submission guidelines are due out at the end of the year.

Lightspeed holding page here.
More info at SF Scope here.

(As an aside, among our various attempts to name something else, Lightspeed was our longest contender....We even have mastehead sketches.)


Glendon Mellow said...

Looks like there is an attempt in the diversity of art styles in the three images they have up. Worth keeping an eye on.

Irene Gallo said...

Yeah...I dont know who will be their AD but I know and love their fiction editor, John Joseph Adams. I bet the writing will be very fresh so I assume they'll do the same with the the art part. I just hope the pay scale is decent for artists.

Glendon Mellow said...

Is there a standard scale for art online that you are aware of, Irene?

I have the most recent Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines but the scales only include a minor amount of discussion about the digital realm. (Not to complain about that book - it is so essentially helpful in so many ways).

I have done some commissions for custom blog art and other online projects, and so far it has been a lot of educated guesswork. It will be interesting indeed to see where an online magazine places itself.

Irene Gallo said...

For illustrations on stories, we pay a flat fee of 1000.00. We wanted a fee that we could take to the top illustrators...but we also wanted to bring in up-and-coming guys and illustrators not normally associated with sf/f. I think we’ve done that. It’s been a blast — I don’t think I realized how much a switch from an book cover mindset to an editorial one would be.

Glendon Mellow said...

I like that. Egalitarian for the work. Nice!

Always a pleasure to read your blog & news, Irene.

Eric Braddock said...

Great news for all of us and for the sf art community, thanks for the heads up, Irene. Makes me curious to see what kind of art styles and what artists they use to open things up with.