The advent of crowdfunding permits artists - including authors, anthologists, and publishers - to be able to create their art without focusing on mass marketing strategies. This is a net good, but requires ethical guidelines in order to avoid exploitation of authors, editors, and other publishing industry professionals.
Alliteration Ink will preferentially utilize crowdfunding for raising production costs for a project. This is to minimize ethical conflicts and maximize the focus on creating excellent work. In such instances where a call for submissions occurs after the successful completion of a crowdfunding project, the creation of the best possible work shall be the determinant for submission acceptance.
Alliteration Ink will not use headliner names or "attached authors" to advertise a crowdfunded project without having reasonable assurances that such author's work will appear in the project.
Calls for submission shall include the following features:
The author’s primary obligation to the anthology is the story.
The anthologist or publisher organizing the crowdfunding campaign may ask contributors to offer additional backer rewards.
Alliteration Ink will respect all contributors equally, regardless of the number or type of backer reward offered by the contributor.
The scope of any backer reward, as well as the responsibilities of the entity offering the reward, must be clearly defined prior to the crowdfunding campaign. This will be accomplished in a written document or contract with the following features:
While both appreciated and accepted, contributors to an anthology are not required or expected to back an in-progress campaign financially.
There will be no preferential treatment toward current or future submissions based upon whether the submitter has backed a crowdfunded project. Executing or inciting such quid pro quo behavior is strictly forbidden.
In such instances that an open call occurs after the successful completion of a crowdfunding campaign, the submissions editor(s) will not have access to the lists of backers, nor will the organizer of the campaign have access to the lists of submitters.
Should a submitter refer to their level of backing of the crowdfunding campaign in the submission, cover letter, or correspondence with the submission editor(s) prior to story acceptance or rejection, the submission will be summarily rejected.