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October 18, 2010

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Sucker.

Yep. I'm one of those s-things who are born every minute. And to clarify, it isn't the money I lost. It's that I knew I was flushing the cash down the drain--along with my credibility b/c I urged others to subscribe.

i was born in one of those minutes as well, alas, alas.

i am more miffed about the story that had been submitted there for 214 days (with a few encouraging responses along the way). somewhat to my surprise, the Duotrope submission tracker does not have an option for "market went under"....

lol. I've heard numerous muffled rumblings about DNA/Lapine, but have never been able to get to the bottom of what folks really thought (non-disclosure, can't comment type statements).

What I read that was publicly available, made the "scam" hairs on the back of my neck rise up - but I dutifully remained silent since friends had gotten involved.

Got my come-on and subscribe issues; found the only things really worth reading were the columns, but what convinced me to keep my dollars in my pocket was the insert foil pouch advertising for new age stuff.

When a genre mag runs that kind of advertising, it screams "we couldn't find decent ad matches, just folks we managed to convince to drop a few dimes because 'maybe' they'd get some nibbles" - which means to me that the whole "publishing empire" thing probably was and is now a house of cards. Seen this kind of thing way too often not to run away screaming.

So - not surprised at all at the short-lived outcome.

I'm in the same boat. I only received one issue. Will be emailing them for the remainder of my subscription...

Which means to me that the whole "publishing empire" thing probably was and is now a house of cards.

^ It's only within the last several weeks that I've started to fall in with the "traditional publishing is dead" crowd, and only because I feel that instantaneous media that is open-sourced to the masses has completely outmatched traditional publishing houses for efficiency. It is a goliath that is dying slowly, but when it finally gives up the ghost, the thud of its descent will be widely felt.

I think probably the biggest problem publishers are running into is that most writers will write whether they make money at it or not. And if they can publish themselves, why should they grovel at someone else's doorstep to do it?

Hope Asimov's and F&SF aren't endangered species. I'm just about to renew my subscription.

I had the exact same experience - wanted to support a genre mag, and was interested to read it. Payment went straight through, but received nothing for months. They blamed it on the printers, and then after a strongly-worded but polite email, they sent out the june and october issues from the office, which I received. I don't really have the energy to try and claim the rest of my subscription - which was an international subscription.

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