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November 11th, 2010


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04:12 pm - Realms of Fantasy, Take Three.
For those who might have been wondering (all three of you!) I am indeed staying on with Realms of Fantasy as it transitions from the Tir Na Nog era to the Damnation era.

(Segue: From Sovereign to Tir Na Nog to Damnation, does anyone else get this heroic/mythic journey vibe going on? Clearly, the story's not over, since there has to be some kind of redemption or return or rebirth or reincarnation or some such. Or does Eternal Press, a subset of Damnation, count in that regards? Laugh if you will, but these things have meanings and resonance.)

I was understandably wary when I heard about our new overlords and masters. Who wouldn't be? I'd never heard of them before, and the news that was coming out wasn't all good. That's why one of the conditions I placed upon my remaining with the magazine was dependent on the editorial staff. I wanted to know if Doug and Shawna would be coming back. I knew they were talking to the Gilchrists, asking questions, being very upfront about their own reservations. And I knew that their decisions would be the factor which helped drive my own course of action. You see, I like and trust Doug Cohen. He's a great editor who communicates with his people, is invariably honest and straight-forward, goes to bat for us when needed and delivers the bad news like a champ when called for.

So Doug and Shawna are staying with the magazine. Realms of Fantasy will have the same editorial team and pretty much the full non-fiction team as before. There should be almost no real lapse in terms of schedule or quality, and even fiction that was under consideration or in the purchase bin is being restored to its spot in line. In short, nothing's really changing except the people signing the paychecks.

If you liked Shawna's taste in fiction, it'll be the same material. If you liked the art (and I believe we can all agree that the Fishboobs thing is behind us by now), the art will be the same. If you read the magazine for the articles (don't lie, I'm sure SOMEONE did!) they'll still be there. If you liked Realms of Fantasy, well, guess what?

We're not dead. Again.

I know, and understand, and sympathize that people are wary. They're tired of being burned, tired of mourning the death of a magazine, and tired of the same old pleas. But y'know what? Let's give Realms one more shot. If you always meant to subscribe, do it. If you meant to submit, do it. If you don't care, continue not caring. Maybe this is the last gasp, and print magazines are on their way out, but let's at least make this attempt a good one. And by all means, do go read Doug's post. He's spoken directly with the new owners, and has much more useful things to say than I do.

Me? I'm going to do my best for as long as I have a column and a home for it, and I'm going to think positive thoughts, damn it. :)
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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From:mabfan
Date:November 11th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! I still have my subscription.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:November 11th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm crossing my fingers fervently that you, and everyone else with a subscription, gets your money's worth in a timely and satisfying fashion. That will be a major indicator of whether or not this incarnation succeeds. :)
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From:melissajm
Date:November 11th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Hear hear! I'm glad the old crew's coming back. That takes the edge off of a lot of my concerns.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:November 11th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Doug actually spent some time talking me down from my Tree of Doubt, and I was touched that he'd do that. Apparently, he cares about "his" people. :)
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From:melissajm
Date:November 11th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I've always gotten that impression.
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From:delkytlar
Date:November 11th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Seems to me that the only thing you guys can do is acquire the best stories you can, edit them as best you can, compile and design them the best you can, and make the best magazine you can. If your owners or distributors fail in their obligations, you'll know you did your best, and your regular readers will get some more issues of a fine magazine in the meanwhile.

And congratulations on being able to stay on board and employed.
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From:thunderpigeon
Date:November 11th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
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That's great news! The post from Doug Cohen that you linked was especially comforting.
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From:zaivala
Date:November 12th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
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I work for Eternal/Damnation. And I love my job.

If you haven't already read my comments on Doug's blog, I was hired in April 2008 to work for Eternal Press. In Spring of 2009, Kim quit as EP's Marketing Manager to start Damnation Books. As of January 1, 2010, she turned around and purchased EP, which was doing well but sorely lacking in advertising/marketing revenue. About that time I was was made Senior Editor of EP, and a few months later given the further duties of Senior Editor at DB.

I do not know what my duties, if any, will be concerning RoF. But it is clear that keeping RoF alive, even if it loses (some) money, will push visibility of DB and EP way up, which will result in more profits there, so RoF would have to be a financial superturkey before DB would give up on it. And Kim does not give up, that I have seen.

Welcome to the mini-empire of Damnation Books!

Hugs,
Moss
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From:thunderpigeon
Date:November 12th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the info. I kind of suspected (and commented elsewhere, on a private thread) that RoF, even if not directly profitable, might be a good investment for a relatively unknown publisher in terms of publicity/public goodwill. Certainly a lot of authors and readers who hadn't heard of Eternal/Damnation before, have heard of it now, and while not all the immediate publicity has been good, that's likely to improve if you and your overlings can make a go of Realms. I wish you the best of luck.
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From:zaivala
Date:November 13th, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
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Every publisher will have problems with an author or two every now and then, and about half of those problem authors make something up and make a stink about it. I have not seen anything the least bit unethical at EP in my time here. And the fact that we seem to be retaining all or most of RoF's staff should mean that the same people will be dealing with RoF authors who have been dealing with them, which isolates RoF, at least for now, from any problems at EP/DB (which, as I just said, are really largely invented).

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