Ira Nayman, Editor in Chief, reports that the text files for the next issue have completed their run through copy-editing and has submitted files for production.
Kermit Woodall, Art Director, keeps on sending me absolutely fabulous sketches from our artists. Most recently, he sent a rough for the cover illo (illustrating Allen Steele’s Captain Future Novella), which was pretty freakin cool. It also carries with it an air of finality and completion: wow! This is REALLY going to happen!
Our production costs have also been greatly reduced, thanks to some behind the scenes work by Kermit as well. I think it was considered a friendly challenge when Ira mentioned in an internal email that “printing is by far our largest expense” or some such. To which Kermit gleefully replied “well, normally, yes. But not anymore!”. Now the largest percentage of our per-issue expenses has become the content.
I’ve been begging both Kermit and Ira to let me start teasing you all with snippets of content, but they keep on saying “not quite yet”, so you all will just have to hang there on your tenterhooks a bit longer, while I get to remain just a tad frustrated.
Everything else is apparently on track, with the exception of advertising. We’ve got a couple of folks coming in to the issue already, but it would be nice to have more. In a crass effort to entice some of you:
- This will be the first PRINT issue of Amazing Stories since March of 2005.
- This issue will be distributed directly (as in Handed To) all of the attendees of Worldcon76 this August*
- The attendees of Worldcon typically include just about every editor and agent in the field, not to mention art directors, small press publishers and READERS
- Belaboring that point: Worldcon is attended by many many many opinion-makers, reviewers and influencers. In other words, an ad in this issue is going to get a concentrated dose of exposure
- Our stories and illustrations, non-fiction and layout are fun, new, exciting and some other adjective indicative of suggesting that not only do YOU want a copy, everyone else will want one too!
- The return of Amazing Stories to print is a BIG DEAL. The return of Amazing Stories as a regular, professional paying short story market is BIG DEAL.
- If you are not in this issue, you may very well feel regret and remose for the entirety of the rest of your life. Or at least every time you see a new issue being released. From now on.
- Ads are reproduced in the electronic edition and most advertisers also qualify for FREE ad spots on our website. (The place you are reading this right now.)
- You can check out our sizes and requirements and submit right here. Rates can be found at the end of this post.
*Go check out some of the folks who will be attending the convention.
And don’t worry. Copies of this issue, in both print and electronic formats, will be available after the convention.
We’re EXCITED! You should be too!
INSIDE FRONT COVER / FULL PAGE COLOR – $1200
INSIDE BACK COVER / FULL PAGE COLOR – $1100
BACK COVER / FULL PAGE COLOR – $1200
TWO PAGE = $900
FULL PAGE = $500
TWO THIRD PAGE = $400
HALF PAGE (bottom or square) = $300
ONE THIRD PAGE (square/island or column) = $200
ONE SIXTH PAGE (half column) = $150
Rates will be going up after WorldCon – but if you lock in your rates for a full year you can get the WorldCon rates for the full year.
Rates After Worldcon
INSIDE FRONT COVER / FULL PAGE COLOR – $1600
INSIDE BACK COVER / FULL PAGE COLOR – $1400
BACK COVER / FULL PAGE COLOR – $1600
TWO PAGE = $1500
FULL PAGE = $1000
TWO THIRD PAGE = $700
HALF PAGE (bottom or square) = $600
ONE THIRD PAGE (square/island or column) = $400
ONE SIXTH PAGE (half column) = $200
Deadline for final ad copy is July 6th.