Monday, March 2, 2009


1) I put a "teaser" partial copy of issue #2 up on issuu (click). It's like one of those annoying things that you sometimes see on paid-subscription websites  where they'll let you look at parts of the stories, but not all of it. It's just another way for people to get an idea of what it is.

2) Because I'd like the writers to get a lot of exposure, I told the M-Brane #2 crew that I'd do some kind of big complimentary handing-out of their issue with much fanfare, probably to a lot of the special folks who got directly-sent copies of #1, and consider releasing the whole thing like we did with #1 if I can achieve 25 new paid subscriptions to the magazine (or an equivalent amount in donations or single-issue or Lulu sales) by 3/15. That doesn't sound like a lot, but it's not by any means a sure thing that we'll make that goal in two weeks because it's been really erratic so far. If we did make the goal, however, then the next few issues are definitely funded and I can keep being optimistic about the rest of the year. 

3) I've been thinking of selling ad space in M-Brane. I've not pursued it with a lot of vigor yet because the whole idea frankly bores me.  I think it can be a good way to prop up our funding, however--the third leg of a tripod consisting of subscriptions, single sales, donations and ads...I guess that's four things. OK, so not a tripod, but more like a coffee table. I need to set some rates and get the word out soon.  I am even considering "auctioning" it. Hey, if any of you people out there are selling anything you wanna advertise, let me know. I'd trade even-up with other zine editors--we always did that back in the fanzine days.

4) I'd like to start soliciting some artwork for the zine, particularly stuff for the front and back covers and also maybe some incidental pieces for the interior. I'm not sure if I want to lock into commissioning stuff to actually illustrate specific stories. In fact, I'm pretty sure I don't. We'll see, though. If you are yourself a science fiction artist or know people who are, then by all means contact me about it or spread the word.  Here's the catch, however: I'm not offering any payment at this time.  I don't offer much for fiction either, but in the case of art it will just be love and exposure. 

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