Longshot is an ongoing experiment. Can very busy people, with full-time commitments, come together to make a magazine in a weekend? Prior history says yes. But will it be any good? Again, we like to think so. But the only reason that happens is because we’re able to attract really talented, hardworking people. And okay, while nobody’s in this for the money (Or at least: we hope you are not. There is very little money) we do intend to pay everyone we publish. Last time around we put together a four-way split, which you can read about here. We’re doing something similar this time, except we’re dividing it up three ways instead of four, and one person is going to get a whole bundle of dough. Same-same, but different.
We’re going to evenly divide one third of the profits from the first 48 days of sales of Issue One among our contributors and staff. Last time around, the total kitty was about $3,000. We hope to to that this time, but who knows. Nobody gets rich off this, but it may buy you a sandwich.
We’ll allow our contributors and staff to vote on all the content we publish—photography, stories, art, you name it—and the top vote getter will get the second third of profits. Boom! If we can manage to make as much dough again this time as we did last, we’re talking real magazine rates here, people. Or at least, enough to buy all your friends a round.
3. The Future!
We’ll invest the final third in the next issue of Longshot. To give you an idea of what we’re going to spend it on, we’re using the money we banked from the last issue to pay for a big-ass van* that we’re driving down to Los Angeles, food for our staff for Issue One, and other assorted expenses, like hosting, office supplies, and beer.
So, you say, what about the Crazy Stunt? There was a Crazy Stunt last time, why not next time?
There will be a Crazy Stunt! But we’re going to finance it out of the final third of proceeds instead of breaking it out separately. To be totally, and completely transparent, we hate doing math and wanted to make things easier on ourselves this time. Rest assured we are all about Crazy Stunts.
*Please note: Our original plan to get a pimped out Winnebago and drive that fucker down the coast fell through due to Burning Man. Burning Man!