Introducing, Everyday Birth Magazine Subscriptions.
When Everyday Birth Magazine started, we reached out to major advertisers who believed in our vision and mission and wanted to be a part of this journey of finding out whether folks were even interested in a magazine like this. Two issues and over 3000 printed magazines later, we found out… Yeah! People are into it! So how do we keep it going?
Because we also found out… you know, ad-centered funding isn’t really our sustainable style. Everyday Birth Magazine is rooted in the individual experiences of individual people — and while businesses are still welcome to support and advertise — it’s time we became more intentional about inviting individual folks to support and receive stellar content as they do so. Leaning into a more individual subscription model just made sense, practically and philosophically.
We’d like to be joined by 122+ Subscribers whose combined contributions total $1,250 per month or $15,000 annually.
Where the Money Goes:
Website + Admin Applications. We use Squarespace to host our website with the blog and shop. We use Dubsado to manage submissions. We use Mailchimp to communicate with folks about what’s coming up, what’s been released, and everything else. And more!
Paying Contributors. All of the contributors for Issue #1 graciously provided their time, talent, and passion without pay, just complimentary print and digital copies of the magazine. Contributors for Issue #2 were compensated — modestly — in addition to complimentary magazines. None of our online contributors have been paid to this point. I’d like this to change this year. All contributors should get fair and growing (!) financial compensation.
Our goal budget sets about 20% aside for online and print contributor (writers, photographers, illustrators, etc.) compensation, in addition to complimentary copies of the magazines.
Editor Support (Hiii, it’s me, Cheyenne). I do need to pay my rent and eat and keep the lights on and things like that. Nothing luxurious, just the basics. Anyone who knows me knows that I juggle multiple graphic design and photography gigs as well as birth and postpartum doula work as well as The Educated Birth and Everyday Birth. I love the hustle, but I’d love even more to give more of my time to this work right here, so it can be shared with and serve each of you.
Printing, Shipping and Packaging. In the past it has cost about $2000 to get 1000 magazines printed, and then more to get them shipped to me (Editor, Cheyenne again!), not including the proofs that I order to make sure everything’s looking just right before official release! Printing is an area where the quality of the magazine could really improve. And if we have the funds, we could package in even nicer ways that make sure every magazine gets to folks safe, secure, and just as gorgeous as they should be.
Hire Folks. Jump back! Big dreams here. If we exceed our initial goal I’ll start looking into hiring folks to help manage submissions and help with packaging and mailing.
Advertising. We haven’t paid more than $25 on Facebook for advertising since we started. If we had the funds we’d do that.
Documentary Work. As an individual I’ve begun to do documentary photo and audio work in the birth realm, and have absorbed the costs into my own business outside of this magazine. If the magazine’s budget allowed for that to become more of an official part of its function, I’d be interested in officially merging these efforts.
Seriously. Thank you. If you’re reading this, you’ve likely already supported this magazine or it’s editor in some way, shape, or form — or you feel like this work really aligns with what you want to see more of in this world, and that’s wonderful. At the end of the day, this isn’t about a magazine. It’s about people who are touched, encouraged, empowered, and educated by the stories and information the magazine simply puts into one place.
If you subscribe, thank you so much for that. If you share, thank you so much for that. If you do both, oh my goodness, I don’t even know what I’ll do with myself. The gratitude is overflowing!
$9 per month or $90 annually.
The Listed Subscriber. You’ll get digital access AND a print copy of each magazine that releases in the year of your support AND your name and website will be listed on the sponsor pages of those issues.
$12 per month or $120 annually.
The Subscriber Who Sponsors Another Subscriber. You’ll get digital access AND a print copy of each magazine that releases in the year of your support AND your name and website will be listed on the sponsor pages of those issues AND another subscriber will be chosen from social media to get print and digital access to the magazine because of you.
$20 per month or $200 annually.
The Subscriber Who Shares. You’ll get digital access AND 5 print copies of each magazine that releases in the year of your support AND your name and website will be listed on the sponsor pages of those issues.
$30 per month or $300 annually.
The Bulk Subscriber. You’ll get digital access AND 20 print copies of each magazine that releases in the year of your support AND your name and website will be listed on the sponsor pages of those issues.
$45 per month or $450 now.
The Bulk Subscriber with a Half Page Ad. You’ll get digital access AND 20 print copies of each magazine that releases in the year of your support AND your business or organization will have a half page ad in one print magazine and an ad on the website for the first six months of your contributions.
All of our supporters will also get…
Digital access to Issues #1 and #2
A special 20% Off Coupon Code for The Educated Birth + Everyday Birth
Automatically entered into a raffle for a painting from Lauren J Turner (Ren the Doula). Winners to be announced by March 11th.
A Couple Notes
About Subscription Length. Monthly subscriptions automatically repeat monthly. If a subscription is cancelled before the 12-month commitment period, you may not receive all of the perks associated with that monthly subscription level for that 12 month period. Annual subscriptions are set to renew annually. The only exception is the Bulk Subscribers with a Half Page Ad, which are set for one year only.
About Listing. Space for print listing is limited, so listed subscribers are only guaranteed listing in one print issue a year.
About Bulk Ad Subscription. The first six Bulk + Half Page Ad Sponsors will have ads in Issue #3, next six will have ads in Issue #4. Digital ads will run for six months, starting at first payment, as long as design files have been received.