Those of you eager to take out a new subscription to SM will be pleased to know that the sales page will be up soon. You can subscribe from (or buy single issues of) mags #6, #7, #8 or #9 – bearing in mind that #9 won’t be ready for shipping until 6th August.
Rather earlier than usual, we have already marked-in much of what will fill the pages of SM #5. Fiction was a bit light last time, and whilst it meant we could fill-up with other things, we’re hoping to ramp up the stories this time around. In fact, I’m hoping to put Natori’s newest epic on the cover. Trouble is, I haven’t told Polaris of my plans. They may have other ideas…. “But we haven’t done a pink issue yet!”
Which leads me less than elegantly onto your contributions in the form of adverts and other bits. Ads are being welcomed for #9, as ever, and the rules are the same, pretty much…. Save for the fact that we have to hike up the price. Advertising revenue from #7 and #8 left us unable to cover wage expenses, leading us to take out a ‘loan’, so rather than be in the position where we have to go, cap in hand, begging money to keep the inkwells filled, it made financial sense simply to rise the advertising rates. So, rather than $30 per page, that rate is now $35 CAD. A big rise, but still peanuts in the grand scheme of things.
I think that’s it. Apologies for the creeping in of flippancy.