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    Well, if I'm getting anything from this thread, I'm getting the need for variety in the delivery system. There's no reason the magazine can't be delivered in multiple formats, website, widget, rss and desktop app.

    My thoughts on the desktop app appear to be different then others. I'm picturing something that looks like a magazine cover that sits on your desk and you can click on too open and read whenever you want. Otherwise non-intrusive, the content at your fingertips for a week, you know it's changed each week when the cover changes.

    It's the digital version of the way real magazines sit around my desk at home. I always have a copy of something like Alfred Hitchcock on the corner of my desk, to pick up when I need a break.
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    Missed you're note in the first pass, so to address a couple of things real quick:

    I'm an aspiring writer, and it seems every time I get an artist lined up to work on a comic something catastrophic happens. Nonetheless, I'd be interested to contribute to your magazine even if there isn't money involved. I'd just need help finding an artist, from the look of things.

    It's a prose magazine. There will be some illustrations, but they don't need to be supplied with the story. An artist can handle that after the story has been accepted.

    Therefore, if you're going to do something like this you should probably have quite a few volumes in the can before you go announcing it to everyone.

    Absolutely. Which is why I'm already accepting submissions, both prose and art. The hosting and url won't be set up until sometime late in August, but if you (or anyone else reading this) are interested in submitting something, please, by all means, do. You can send stories, art or questions to

    I'm still working up the formal submissions guidelines, but the basics are going to be pretty standard. The main rule is that it has to fall into a category that was once published in pulp form, and that's a pretty broad spectrum.
    • CommentAuthorbt
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2008
    The published by paragraph thing is an interesting idea but probably not an appealing one from the writer's end. Why bother with this process when you can just send a story to an editor, get a simple answer and, if it's "no", send it to someone else? And when I'm figuring out the pacing of a piece, I assume whoever's reading it (ha ha) is doing so in one sitting; the first paragraph being designed to intrigue is pretty standard (although there's a lot of them trying too hard out there) but every successive paragraph too? And are there readers out there so in love with short stories that they're willing to return for installments? It'd be like running to the grocery to pick up a single m&m.
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    I like the idea. The only thing I will add is to not discount the possibility for a physical print representation of what you accumulate if this goes live. With that in mind, any artwork you accept digitally should be at least an effective 400 ppi at possible print size for any dead tree edition collection.

    I unfortunately am ignorant in the ways of web publication and distribution, so I can't help there. Aside from wishes for the best of luck with your endeavor.
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    I publish Astonishing Adventures Magazine ePulp quarterly and have tried all sorts of things to generate readership, but here are the nuts and bolts. is running on Wordpress with a bit of tinkering to an existing news-format template.
    I publsih the online version free at and supply a free PDF at Mediafire. I use InDesign to build it and Acrobat to compile the PDF.
    I publish the print version on Amazon.

    The Issuu version generates between 2000 (new issue 4) and 40000 (last issue 3) views.

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    40000 (last issue 3) views

    Not bad...
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2008
    Hmmmm...some interesting ideas here about delivery mechanisms, for sure....but it's a bit fluffy on content so far....still, interested in where this is going...

    "Unfortunately, that also means no pay for the writers and artists involved. This is not an unusual situation for web based magazines, and hopefully the exposure mitigates that somewhat."

    Hmmm (again): Sure, we work for free sometimes, for various reasons, but not all the time....*playing devil's advocate here*....explain to me again why I'd want to submit to you...what are you offering to a writer beyond a vague promise of exposure (to who, where, what...?).....

    If you don't pay - then who's writing for you, other than your mates....? You need quality work to build up a rep, and when you get the rep you'll need quality work constantly from there think you'll get that week in week out, if you're not paying......and who's editing all this stuff? Who's reading the submissions (a full-time job in itself)...? Who's managing content, maintaining a constant 'vision', doing design work, tech back-up.....?

    Long fiction doesn't really work on-line...not sure at what point the brain cuts out/loses interest with word-count....flash-fiction works fairly well on-line....short pieces, basically....but if you're running short pieces, then you'll need more of 'em and thus more we're back to the point above....

    Just a few ideas to mull over beyond the techie delivery side of things....
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    Long fiction doesn't really work on-line...not sure at what point the brain cuts out/loses interest with word-count....

    I think it's a thousand words. Some days I think 500 words. Unless it's a thing I have specifically sought out, like a book on Gutenberg or Webscription, or a long essay by a favoured writer.