February 12th, 2008


Godspeed Part Two

Apparently, yesterday's news of them calling it quits was wrong:

When contacted by Pitchfork, Menuck gave the following statement via Silver Mt. Zion's publicist:

"The Drowned in Sound thing is a misquote, I'm in the middle of dealing with it now. It's true, Godspeed hasn't existed for years, we've been on permanent hiatus since 2002. If and when we do call it quits permanently, it won't be because of the Iraq war."

Sweet, hey?

Anyhow, as I said before, A Silver Mt Zion have a new album coming out in March, 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons, and here is a video of 'The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes', from their second album, Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward.


Ezines Make Money?

No doubt you've seen the links around to Simon Owens piece of ezines, and if they will prove profitable. Here's a quote from the end:

When I asked [Nick] Mamatas, who reads submissions for Clarkesworld, about the probability of ezines becoming profitable, he gave a sobering reply. “I think it’s important to note that most fiction magazines in the print world are either university-backed non-profits, labors of love, or the least successful of a cross-subsidized bundle of properties that are kept around because fiction copy is much cheaper than non-fiction copy,” he said. “In the periodical trade in general, churn is also very high. Magazines come and go all the time, regardless of their subject, market, or demographic. The magazine business is ultimately the business of selling people disposable content. The challenge of the ezine isn’t all that much different than the challenge of any other magazine, except that if anyone knew what the “best bet” was, they likely wouldn’t try it out on SF ezines when they could launch another massive slick with 75% ad pages.”

To underscore this point, let me leave you with a telling figure. Ralan.com is a website that tracks short fiction markets for writers, mainly in the speculative fiction genre. In a section of Ralan called “dead markets,” it lists all the genre magazines that have folded and ceased publication over the last few years. Many, if not most, of those listed are genre ezines.

The number of dead markets listed?


I feel cynical today, obviously.

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