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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2008 edited
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    GUD (pronounced “good”) is Greatest Uncommon Denominator, a print/pdf magazine with two hundred pages of literary and genre fiction, poetry, art, and articles. Our fiction ranges between 75 and 15,000 words.

    The hardcopy is 5"x8", slightly narrower than a mainstream paperback but solid in the hands, easy to read with one hand while drinking your coffee or munching your sandwich. Or perfect for curling up with in your favorite lounge chair, sipping tea. The paper is "natural" 60-weight; a little rough to the touch, off-white so that the contrast of type's not hard on the eyes when reading outside or under fluorescents.

    GUD's also available in a number of eBook formats via Fictionwise, and beautiful PDF straight from us!

    Create an account on our site and get a free piece of Issue 3. Ask nicely and I'll send you another freebie, also. :)

    We'd love art/article/comic submissions from Whitechapel folks. Or any other sorts of submissions as well. :)

    We pay semi-pro rates for written works, essentially token amounts for art (but we accept art/comics that've been around the block a few times if we think we'll be a different enough venue).

    And feedback's appreciated, good, bad, or otherwise. :)

    Buy Now? (note that you can get subscriptions of "back issues" at the subscription discount!)
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      CommentAuthorDebbieM
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2008
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    GUD reviews books, too! And magazines. Virtually anything written, so long as it's commercially published. Reviews are published weekly on our site, at GoodReads and on Amazon (where appropriate) and we raffle the review copy to our readers. Contact the Reviews Manager (that's me!) at reviews@gudmagazine.com :).
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2008
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    kaolin - Tricked me, thought the cover would be there. ;)
    . . . from over at the Murky Depths thread.

    But it is . . . well sort of. It won't be revealed fully until the weekend of 10-11 May.
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2008
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    Sort of. I suppose we'll see how much when it's not covered up, but there's all of maybe 2% of the area visible the way I'm looking at it :)

    And I have to say, since you've hijacked ;) this thread as well--you're awfully good at stirring up conversation for MD. Any chance you're interested in moonlighting? ;)
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2008
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    Send me a copy of GUD and I'll see if it's worth it. Let's do a swap?
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
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    Done (you know this already, but so as to show I haven't completely ignored the topic). ;) :)
    • CommentAuthorMicheleLee
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
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    For the record I like both magazines. :D
    • CommentAuthorMicheleLee
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
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    Er, forgot to add that I also love that GUD does reviews. So few places do these days.
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
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    GUD #0 looks good. I hadn't realised it was digest size. It's sitting underneath Interzone, Apex Digest and Weird Tales on my bedside cabinet. The only chance I get to read what I want is with my Horlicks before I put my head down. Murky Depths #3 should be with you soon, Kaolin.
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
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    The physicality of the magazine is something we've had a lot of trouble figuring out how to convey. :)
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2008 edited
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    In honor of free comic book day, GUD would like to offer you the free single-panel comic in GUD Issue 0 as a .pdf--oh, and the rest of the magazine comes with it!

    Leave some sort of positive comment on this post by the end of today (Saturday, May 3rd, Pacific time), and I'll send you your very own copy of Issue 0. :)

    Sent 79 copies out all told, mostly from our own spam list, and a handful from our myspace blog. A favorable response overall. :)
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
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    Of course, with all the freebies of Issue 0 we sent out--this is the first month in twenty that we didn't sell any copies of Issue 0. Issue 1, yes. Issue 2, of course! But... and so!

    If you _didn't_ get a copy of Issue 0 during Free Comic Book Day, we're offering a discount on the PDF: Just $1.50 for either Issue 0 or Issue 1 (I'm hoping you've picked up Issue 2 and, er... forgot... to go back for earlier issues)

    JUST $1.50 FOR A GUD PDF UNTIL THE END OF MAY -- Issue 0 or Issue 1!


    :)
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008 edited
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    GUD has a new website - what do you think? :) Same old functionality is there (a tiny bit more, perhaps), and largely the same page-by-page layout (will be working on clearing up some of that, too). Also to come--better "social" integration.

    I did a big write-up on the site designs we've had over the last two years and the thoughts behind them (and how they "failed").
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      CommentAuthorWordWill
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    The new website is not just an improvement, but also quite good. Cheers to that.
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      CommentAuthorkaolin
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
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    Thanks =) Trying to dig GUD out of the "dark ages" of the internet (not having "social networking" is so three years ago ;) ) Debating trying to integrate a Vanilla forum with the site ... but taking smaller steps, first.
    • CommentAuthorKyleGarret
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2008
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    Amazing. I just discovered GUD a few weeks ago and subscribed as soon as I did. It's a great magazine.

    And even though they rejected my story (as many do), they sent along the greatest set of comments, really nice and really helpful.

    Hopefully the word keeps spreading and more people start buying GUD.
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008 edited
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    The GUD site looks great. If Murky Depths were selling pdf mags (though we do give away tasters) we'd have to create a much more contemporary feel too. We've been looking at our own site but we have neither time nor money to make improvements just yet.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
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    Bless, Lucifal, it sounded like you just said "Them paper-buyin' folks don't need no fancy new-fangled tek-nol-o-gees."

    Kaolin, the GUD site looks pretty slick. I like the user-friendly touches you've put in, like the mouseovers on the issues, and the at-a-glance topbar. The colors look professional and warm, and blend with the header image nicely. A couple hms would be the tiny "Home" link -- a lot of folks are trained to click the header to take them to the main page, and there are a few places where you've got grey type on that mocha background (sign-up page, for instance) that screws readability a bit. Overall? VAST improvement.
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008 edited
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    Ariana - Bless, Lucifal, it sounded like you just said "Them paper-buyin' folks don't need no fancy new-fangled tek-nol-o-gees."
    Why, Ariana, gee! I guess you done sussed me good there.
    Actually that wasn't what I meant at all, but, hey, when did I ever say anything sensible?
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    hey, when did I ever say anything sensible?


    We really don't have the kind of time required to check back and hunt for that sort of thing.