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    Probably not yours, Terry, no. You don't have the funding or the distribution, for two things.
    • CommentAuthorAndrDrew
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2009
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    I am surprised no one has mentioned what is going on at Tor.com
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    I'm surprised you joined just to post that.
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    @spinnerin--Having writers supported by fan donations is certainly an interesting concept. But I question whether the Shadow Unit model would provide the type of steady and reliable income stream needed to meet the operating expenses of an SF magazine.
    • CommentAuthorAndrDrew
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
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    no. didn't join just to post that. I've been lurking around for a while, and I know there are often things that I feel some straonge need to comment on. And now I probably will. poor world.
    Also, I hit the post button a little... early on that one. Nor sure how, and didn't want to compound mistakes.
    I know that site is no magazine, not in content or format, but they've been doing serialized ficton amongst everything else. It's also from 'authors I've hear of before', not new authors, and that sounded familiar to what people have been posting here. So I wanted to ask better heads than mine whether any of 'that-all' is applicable to the discussion.
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      CommentAuthorspinnerin
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
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    I agree, I think it would be hard to pull off. AFAIK, Shadow Unit provides some supplemental income for the writers, but all of them are dependent on novel sales. Still, it's a good direction to experiment in, and the addition of print versions or other merchandise to sell might make it profitable enough to switch from 'extra income' to 'main income' for the main contributors (hey, it works for [some of the most popular] web comics).
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    I think that the real issue is that there are actually several different markets out there for scifi anthology mags, some of which may be represented on here.

    There is the ever diminishing market for the likes of Analog, and Asimov's, and for that matter Interzone, in my opinion the situation there is as described above, and there's not a lot to do about that.

    Then there is probably a market for a McSweeny's style luxurious, intelligent, exclusive and dare I say it literary and esoteric book format periodical, published anything from quarterly to annually, and maybe taking some of the POD ideas from that thread about having multiple formats.

    There is probably a market for a cutsy, chibi, Japanese, WALL:E, post-emo, style mag which has lots of white and pink and pictures, with pop culture and gadget articles alongside short shorts, comics and reviews.

    I'm sure there's a market for a hard real science, genetics, mag with longer shorts, and even serialised novels, in depth interviews and the occasional essay, and gadgets reviews.

    There's a market for Murky Depths.

    And I would be willing to bet on the existence of a sizeable market for a YA magazine, with short stories, novel previews, and film, and computer game news and reviews, and interviews.

    There's more I'm sure, that's just off the top of my head.

    Could any or all of them make money? Yeah probably with enough time and investment up front, at least for a time, some may fall out of fashion, and others could easily emerge, that's culture for you!
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    some may fall out of fashion, and others could easily emerge, that's culture for you!

    QFT
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    @mylightshinesapath: excellent post.

    Just as another example: there's a huge, huge market for what's known as "Supernatural romance" or "paranormal romance".

    Twilight is the 800 pound gorilla of the genre, the mass market breakout ala Star Wars. But there are tons of other stuff like it.

    There's probably a market for a magazine catering to that audience.
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2009
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    The short story magazine or anthology - so I'm often reminded by bookshop managers - has never been a good seller.
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    Cheers for the positive comments. Yeah of course the supernatural romance one, forgot about that.

    Lucifal I agree that anthologies of prose are not normally great sellers - but that doesn't mean there isn't a market for magazines that have short stories just that they need other things to hook readers in as well, which I think everyone who has contributed to this thread has recognised.
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    Lightspeed at least recognizes e-books exist. But is it still same old same old but slightly shinier?