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October 28th, 2005

Fantasy Magazine . . . Is Here! [Oct. 28th, 2005|08:27 am]
Three boxes of Fantasy Magazine arrived yesterday at our po box (with eight hundred having already been delivered to the World Fantasy Convention storage center), which means that the fun can begin very much soon (probably starting Monday!). It came out perfectly and it weighs in thick at 112 pages. I printed nearly two thousand copies, leaving me with about a thousand to sell. If it looks likely that it'll sell out, then I'll go back to a second printing (particularly as we are soliciting the first issue into Curtis News, our national magazine distributor). We'll see. Fingers crossed.

You might have noticed the Tangent Online review: http://www.tangentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=590&Itemid=261 This will be followed by Strange Horizons running a review around November 3rd and then Locus, I believe. More on this as things develop.

Some new developments: the inside front covers are now available as a full-color slots, so this means that it should be easier to obtain advertising revenues. The first issue garnered about fourteen hundred dollars, but that isn't sustainable. The hope is to get eight hundred, per issue. If you know of anyone who might be interested, I'm going to extend the fifty-dollars-a-page, for the interiors, with the inside front covers being about a hundred dollars. The backcover is only two hundred dollars. Inquire further.

Once I've fully recovered by World Fantasy and its excesses I'll sit down and figure how best to approach the target market. I'd like it represented at anime / fantasy / science fiction conventions, everywhere, soon after November. I'm far more interested in it showing up at anime or media conventions, for a number of reasons. Failing that, if there's any bookstores that you think might be interested, let me know (I'll be hitting up the usual suspects). If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

Here are mockups of the following two issues: http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasymagazine.html

If anyone has any idea about reaching as many people (with livejournals, with postcards, or . . . ) please let me know. It's time to lock and load, people . . . :p
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