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Data Scientist Starts Science Fiction Magazine

A Colorado scientist publishes a science fiction magazine and builds it to a sustainable income of $1,800/month, funded largely by his readers.
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What It's About

A scientist in Colorado starts a fact-based science fiction magazine and creates a steady, reoccurring income along the way.

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Words of Wisdom

Joe started by reading every page of the 200 submissions he received for each issue. Over time, he realized he could tell within the first few pages if a story was a good fit or not.

Fun Fact

He got many of his sponsorships through cold emailing and reaching out via LinkedIn. Through this cold calling approach, he says he had around a 20% success rate getting sponsorships!

Notes from Chris

Episode 103

What do you like to read? Whether fiction or non-fiction, wherever people are avid consumers of something, there’s an opportunity to create products and services for them.

In today’s story, we feature a Colorado data scientist who starts a bi-monthly science fiction magazine and builds it to a sustainable income source of about $1,800/month, funded largely by his readers. Just like yesterday's, it's another example of someone making money doing something they love.

Yes, this is really possible.


  • Compelling Science Fiction: Learn more about Joe and his science fiction magazine
  • Patreon: A service that allows artists and creators of all kinds to receive monthly financial support from the people who appreciate their work
  • Hacker News: The popular online publication that Joe used to bring on a number of prospective authors, as well as a list of people who wanted to subscribe

Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,

Chris Guillebeau
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"I started Compelling Science Fiction because I wanted to support authors, and I wanted more of the kinds of stories that I like to read."
—Joe Stech #SideHustleSchool

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