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Sistah Scifi: Black-Owned Bookstore of the Future

A community for lovers of Afrofuturism, Octavia E. Butler, and Indigenous Futurism

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Project Description

 

MISSION Sistah Scifi is the first Black-owned bookstore focused on Science Fiction and Fantasy in the United States validated by the American Booksellers Association. Our vision is to double the number of Science Fiction & Fantasy titles by Black and Indigenous authors on the New York Times Best Sellers list by launching a national network of book vending machines. This would make the discovery of Afrofuturism & Indigenous Futurism books as easy as buying a candy bar.

PROBLEM 98% of authors on bestseller lists, who are the beneficiaries of promotion, marketing, media attention, and book tours are White.* Diving deeper, in the fifty years between 1970 and 2020, less than ten speculative fiction titles by Black and Indigenous authors made the New York Times Best Sellers list. **

As a result, many avid readers of Black literature and Science Fiction believe that there is a lack of diverse writers in genre. For example, how many Black women Science Fiction and Fantasy authors can you name? How many Indigenous women authors? Don't worry, Sistah Scifi is here to help!

 

SOLUTION Sistah Scifi is a technology company leveraging ecommerce and social commerce:

 

  • Our highly optimized online bookstore is in the top 3% of Shopify stores,
  • Facebook and Instagram traffic account 13% of our sales,
  • In the past 12 months, our social media reach has exceeded 2.5M views,
  • Our email open rate is 37% versus the industry of 16%, with a click thru rate of 4.6%!,
  • We held 67 virtual events in 2021 with over 1.4K attendees and 225 of them attending at least two events.

This allows us to have a national footprint versus a regional focus. Our community spans 35K+ highly engaged readers from LA to DC growing at a rate of 1K a month.

As a result, Sistah Scifi has been featured in:

Our biggest accomplishment to date is being a part of the promotional team that ensured that The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monae debuted the New York Times best sellers list.

 

USE OF FUNDS   We are raising funds to launch three Popshop book vending machines from Popcom in cafes in Oakland, Seattle, and Washington DC.  Each machine is $20K.

Popcom and selected partner cafes are Black and Indigenous women owned.  Click the image below to watch a demonstration of the technology by Popcom CEO Dawn Dickson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU  Join us in building the Black-owned bookstore of the future by supporting our IFundWomen crowdfunding campaign. We have lots of amazing perks from curated Black and Indigenous speculative fiction playlists and watchlists to marketing packages for Black and Indigenous indie Science Fiction and Fantasy writers.

Remember, claim our magic; create our future. And we all say ashe.

 

 

 

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We would love to "hear" them! Visit our website at ww.sistahscifi.com and use the chat function to contact us. Most inquiries get a response in 12 hours during standard business hours. 

 

 

09/22/2022
The Octavia E. Butler
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09/21/2022
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09/21/2022
The Octavia E. Butler
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Maria Pascoal
09/21/2022
The Octavia E. Butler
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Janel
09/21/2022
Monetary Contribution
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08/22/2022
The Octavia E. Butler
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Marci
08/22/2022
The Octavia E. Butler
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LaDonna Welch
08/13/2022
The Octavia E. Butler
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Samuel B
07/30/2022
The Nisi Shawl
$100
Dara Hargrave
07/11/2022
Monetary Contribution
$30
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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30.00 USD
The Octavia E. Butler

Get the ultimate Sistah Scifi Playlist available on Tidal and Spotify! Voyage to outer space and alternate dimensions with music inspired by the work of Octavia E. Butler featuring music by Janelle Monae, SunRa, and Tanerelle and many more. 

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Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction author and a multiple recipient of the Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, Butler became the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

Born in Pasadena, California, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Butler found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing. She began writing science fiction as a teenager. While participating in a local writer's workshop during her enrollment in community college, she was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focuses on developing the craft science fiction writers.

She soon sold her first stories and by the late 1970s had become sufficiently successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time. Her books and short stories drew the favorable attention of the public and awards soon followed. She also taught writer's workshops at Clarion West Writers Workshop, and eventually relocated to Washington state. Butler died of a stroke at the age of 58. Her papers are held in the research collection of the Huntington Library.

 

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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The Nisi Shawl

In addition to the ultimate Sistah Scifi Playlist available on Tidal and Spotify,  This Nisi Shawl includes a curated list of Black and Indigenous science fiction and fantasy television shows available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO+. Everything from Black Lightning and Luke Cage to The Man Who Fell to Earth and Cleverman.  We are hope one day, we will be able to include the television adaption of Nisi Shawl's Everfair to the list!

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Nisi Shawl is an author of works of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction who teaches about how fantastic fiction might reflect real-world diversity of gender, sexual orientation, race, colonialism, physical ability, age, and other sociocultural factors.
 
Nisi’s Filter House was one of two winners of the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. It was also chosen one of the Best Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly magazine. Her Everfair: A Novel was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. 

SOURCE: Lifeboat Foundation

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The Marketing Maven

One month of Instagram promotion, a total of 10 posts on Sistah Scifi's feed and stories,  for high quality* Black and/or Indigenous** science fiction and fantasy media projects and inclusion on the Sistah Scifi third party marketplace. 

*High quality:

  • Compelling book/project cover image as rated by Sistah Scifi community 
  • 4+ star ratings from over 50 users
  • Social media reach of 1k+

 

** Black or/and Indigenous

  • The writer self-identifies as Black and Indigenous on website, articles, and other public media
  • The book/project description includes identification of Black and/or indigenous characters and cultural references. 
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650.00 USD
The Social Sorceress

One month of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,  TikTok and email promotion for high quality* Black and/or Indigenous** science fiction and fantasy media projects and inclusion on the Sistah Scifi store. 

 

*High quality:

  • Compelling book/project cover image as rated by Sistah Scifi community 
  • 4+ star ratings from over 50 users
  • Social media reach of 1k+

 

** Black or/and Indigenous

  • The writer self-identifies as Black and Indigenous on website, articles, and other public media
  • The book/project description includes identification of Black and/or indigenous characters and cultural references. 
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750.00 USD
The Glow Up

Six months of advertising and monthly reporting in one Sistah Scifi PopShop machine. 

Compelling video assets must be provided by the advertiser.  

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1,000.00 USD
The Big Bang

One year of advertising and monthly reporting in one Sistah Scifi PopShop machine. 

Compelling video assets must be provided by the advertiser. 

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3,000.00 USD
The Super Nova

Sistah Scifi Book Vending Popshop Machine in your venue for three months. 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
Select this reward
30.00 USD
The Octavia E. Butler

Get the ultimate Sistah Scifi Playlist available on Tidal and Spotify! Voyage to outer space and alternate dimensions with music inspired by the work of Octavia E. Butler featuring music by Janelle Monae, SunRa, and Tanerelle and many more. 

**

Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction author and a multiple recipient of the Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, Butler became the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

Born in Pasadena, California, Butler was raised by her widowed mother. Extremely shy as a child, Butler found an outlet at the library reading fantasy, and in writing. She began writing science fiction as a teenager. While participating in a local writer's workshop during her enrollment in community college, she was encouraged to attend the Clarion Workshop, which focuses on developing the craft science fiction writers.

She soon sold her first stories and by the late 1970s had become sufficiently successful as an author that she was able to pursue writing full-time. Her books and short stories drew the favorable attention of the public and awards soon followed. She also taught writer's workshops at Clarion West Writers Workshop, and eventually relocated to Washington state. Butler died of a stroke at the age of 58. Her papers are held in the research collection of the Huntington Library.

 

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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100.00 USD
The Nisi Shawl

In addition to the ultimate Sistah Scifi Playlist available on Tidal and Spotify,  This Nisi Shawl includes a curated list of Black and Indigenous science fiction and fantasy television shows available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO+. Everything from Black Lightning and Luke Cage to The Man Who Fell to Earth and Cleverman.  We are hope one day, we will be able to include the television adaption of Nisi Shawl's Everfair to the list!

**

Nisi Shawl is an author of works of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction who teaches about how fantastic fiction might reflect real-world diversity of gender, sexual orientation, race, colonialism, physical ability, age, and other sociocultural factors.
 
Nisi’s Filter House was one of two winners of the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr. Award. It was also chosen one of the Best Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly magazine. Her Everfair: A Novel was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. 

SOURCE: Lifeboat Foundation

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500.00 USD
The Marketing Maven

One month of Instagram promotion, a total of 10 posts on Sistah Scifi's feed and stories,  for high quality* Black and/or Indigenous** science fiction and fantasy media projects and inclusion on the Sistah Scifi third party marketplace. 

*High quality:

  • Compelling book/project cover image as rated by Sistah Scifi community 
  • 4+ star ratings from over 50 users
  • Social media reach of 1k+

 

** Black or/and Indigenous

  • The writer self-identifies as Black and Indigenous on website, articles, and other public media
  • The book/project description includes identification of Black and/or indigenous characters and cultural references. 
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650.00 USD
The Social Sorceress

One month of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,  TikTok and email promotion for high quality* Black and/or Indigenous** science fiction and fantasy media projects and inclusion on the Sistah Scifi store. 

 

*High quality:

  • Compelling book/project cover image as rated by Sistah Scifi community 
  • 4+ star ratings from over 50 users
  • Social media reach of 1k+

 

** Black or/and Indigenous

  • The writer self-identifies as Black and Indigenous on website, articles, and other public media
  • The book/project description includes identification of Black and/or indigenous characters and cultural references. 
100 Left
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750.00 USD
The Glow Up

Six months of advertising and monthly reporting in one Sistah Scifi PopShop machine. 

Compelling video assets must be provided by the advertiser.  

50 Left
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1,000.00 USD
The Big Bang

One year of advertising and monthly reporting in one Sistah Scifi PopShop machine. 

Compelling video assets must be provided by the advertiser. 

50 Left
0 Supporters
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3,000.00 USD
The Super Nova

Sistah Scifi Book Vending Popshop Machine in your venue for three months. 

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