Liberty Island publishes fiction, pop culture, and more fun stuff for conservatives, libertarians, and contrarians.Read More
What is this conservative fiction, you ask? The most obvious answer is: anything that upsets the dainty, the easily offended, and the politically correct is something you'll find on Liberty Island. If the perpetually aggrieved feminist points her finger and tells us to "check our privilege" â€¦ that just means we're doing our job.
But most important is that we publish great stories which almost anyone can enjoy. They have compelling characters, cool settings, biting humor â€¦ and, we insist, they celebrate the value and dignity of the individual conscience over the supposed glory of the collective. If you agree with the former First Lady that it "takes a village to raise a child," then you won't like Liberty Island.
Since Liberty Island launched in March 2014, we've been overwhelmed by the response. We have gotten great write-ups in major conservative media (see the roundup here), launched a very cool partnership with PJ Lifestyle where we exchange commentary on pop culture topics, and have seen tens of thousands of visitors come to our website and hundreds of others contribute short stories, novels, and illustrations. We've proven the audience, and demonstrated that our contributors are remarkably talented and commercially viable.
Liberty Island is already in business as an online magazine, but we need to raise additional cash to fund our foray into book publishing. Just how far we can go is based on your support. Here's a list of some of our goals for this campaign, and what different funding levels will help us to accomplish. With each milestone below, we'll offer new rewards to our supporters - you don't need to increase your pledge, you'll just get more goodies added to your previous reward package.
$25,000 Publish 12 ebooks a year plus a graphic novel
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What is Liberty Island?
Liberty Island is a home and launching pad for the rising right-of-center counterculture. It combines a curated magazine, an open range self-publishing platform, and a commercial book and media division.
New counterculture? What are you guys, a bunch of pot-smoking, hemp-wearing hippies?
Once upon a time the cultural establishment was conservative and the counterculture was left wing. Today that establishment is dogmatically (if often unconsciously) liberal, while the rising counterculture reflects the tastes and values of those (conservatives, libertarians, independents, and even many liberals) who are sick of the ideological conformity and political correctness that stifles freedom of speech and imagination today.
What the heck is "conservative fiction"?
Conservative fiction is not fiction that promotes a partisan ideology, agenda, or electoral outcome. Nor is it a genre unto itself. Rather it is a set of values that underlie the work we aim to publish across multiple genres. These basic tenets include a fundamental belief in American values and exceptionalism, a willingness to take on liberal taboos and flout political correctness, and an understanding that individual liberty is the paramount human right.
Oh, so this is a right wing plot.
Liberty Island's founders are conservatives but it is by no means a partisan enterprise. Nor do we apply a litmus test to members. Liberty Island's community is made up of self-described conservative, libertarian or independent writers and artists. Their views range widely from hardcore libertarian to religious conservative, and everything in between. Seek not here for any kind of ideological conformity. There are plenty of other sites for true believers.
Why the name "Liberty Island"?
Liberty Island is the home of the Statue of Liberty, a cherished symbol of American freedom since 1886 and a welcoming beacon to the rest of the world. For us, Liberty Island is more a state of mind than a physical place: a creative colony where kindred spirits can join and build a new community. An island of freedom in a sea of conformity. A place where the imagination can run free.