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Pipeline: May 2011

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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro presents some of the books due out in the coming month, as selected by our staff.
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New In Store: May 2011

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Books added to the Wizard’s Tower store this month.
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Editorial: May 2011

Let’s start with the good news. Working on Salon Futura appears to be good for fertility. When we launched Anne had just given birth to her daughter, Rosie. A couple of months ago Karen announced that she was pregnant. And last week Jonathan’s wife, Kati, gave birth to a son. Congratulations to all. The world needs new book readers, and we appear to be doing our part to supply them. This makes me very happy.

The prognosis for the magazine is rather less hopeful. As I said last month, the downturn in the global economy means that I am no longer able to subsidize Salon Futura, and so we are going to have to close, at least for a while. I do not intend to keep going by turning the magazine into a fanzine. I firmly believe that good writers deserve to be paid for what they do, and if I can’t afford to pay them then they should go and write for someone who can.

The website will stay online for the foreseeable future. There may also be the occasional podcast going out through the Salon Futura iTunes feed. Kevin and I are planning to do another Hugo Award rules podcast soon. If I can get the funds to do occasional issues I shall do so.

In the meantime I’m planning to do some redesign work on the Salon Futura and bookstore websites. I have learned quite a lot over the past few months and now have a much better idea of what is required.

Before we go, I have a whole lot of thanks to make. Without help from Karina Meléndez creating the websites we would never have got launched on time. Our regular contributors: Sam, Karen, Jonathan and Alvaro, have done a great job in providing Salon Futura with the sort of high quality material. I should also thank all of our guest contributors, and our cover artists. I’m particularly grateful to people such as John Coulthart and John Picacio who can sell their work elsewhere for much more money, but were happy to find something I could use. Thanks are also due to those who helped behind the scenes: Anne and Kevin. And of course huge thanks to everyone who donated money, bought ebooks and otherwise helped keep us in business. People in Finland and at the Bay Area Science Fiction Association have been exceptionally generous. Finally thanks to everyone who has read the magazine. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some more of them soon.

Cheryl

Pipeline: April 2011

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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro presents some of the books due out in the coming month, as selected by our staff.
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New In Store: April 2011

What’s new in the Wizard’s Tower store this month.
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Editorial: April 2011

Well, this is an editorial I hoped I wouldn’t have to write for a while.

As you probably all know, this is not the best of times to be starting a new business. With all of the economic uncertainty, people are buying less, and that includes books. Fortunately Wizard’s Tower was planned to require little in the way of operating expenses. We will be able to keep publishing books (indeed we have two more coming out this month), and running the bookstore. However, Salon Futura is not so cheap to run, primarily because we pay our contributors. I had been subsidizing the magazine because I knew it would take time to build a reputation, but the economic crisis has just hit my other business rather badly and I can no longer afford to do so.

There is enough money in the bank for one more issue, but unless there is some sort of miracle in the coming month then issue #9 will be our last. I’m not going to run a “Save Salon Futura” campaign, because what the magazine needs is regular income, not one small injection of cash. But I will keep looking for sources of funding.

I’ll do a proper thanks editorial next month, as there are a lot of people to thank, but in particular I’m very grateful that we did have a small number of regular and supportive readers.

Cheryl

Pipeline: March 2011

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro presents some books due out in the coming weeks, as selected by our staff and guests.
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New In Store: March 2011

Once again we have a lot of new books in store. Here are some highlights.
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Editorial: March 2011

One of the biggest challenges of being an online business is promoting yourself. And I don’t mean by that the act of getting the word out. That just takes time. The real challenge is to get the word out in such a way as to not irritate the very people that you want to buy from you.
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Pipeline: February 2011

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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro presents some books due out in the coming weeks, as selected by our staff and guests.
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New In Store: February 2011

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I’m delighted to be able to report that two more small presses have decided to sell through the Wizard’s Tower bookstore.
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