It’s that time people…time to start getting excited.
Or, if you’re me, more excited, nervous and exhilarated than you have ever felt before. Except perhaps the time I went skydiving in New Zealand, but that’s another story.
THREE DAYS…THREE DAYS LEFT!!
That’s right, three days left to get your submissions in for the very first issue of the Paperbook Magazine!! (name pending).
I have had some excellent submissions flow in over the past few days as everyone finishes polishing their work and sending it my way. If you’re still hesitating, now is the time to bite the bullet and send it in.
Don’t miss out!
I had a very productive creative session last Sunday with my good friend from Art Of Darkness, throwing around ideas and thoughts. And, let’s face it, getting very drunk. But we have decided on a fantastic cover image, which he is working on as we speak. This magazine is going to be a creative collaboration, from cover to cover. Get excited. Get involved.
Now for a few little updates…
I have decided to print out copies of the magazine and distribute them around town. I have enquired in a few funky cafes, a pizza parlour and the local art supplies store, and they all seem pretty keen to jump on board! It will be very cool to see our magazine, something that so many of you have contributed to, actually circulating around in print-copy form! Too many exclamation marks! Too much excitement!
On that note, if you have work in the magazine and you think it would be cool to distribute it around your town or city, please feel free to print it out and share it around. It will be in a printer friendly format, all you will need to do is press the button. I will be posting pictures up on here of our magazine in situ, it would be very cool if you could do the same.
I have discussed it with my partner, and he has agreed to pay for the copyright to the magazine. I do love that man. I will be organising it in the next few days, but I have had a brief look and it seems it will be copyrighted under creative artworks, valid in over 130 countries. This means I will own the rights to the magazine as a whole, but, and I want to make this very clear….
YOU WILL STILL OWN YOUR WORK!!!!!!!
If, after the magazine has been published, you want to use your work in some other way, that’s fine. If you want to blog about it, tweet it, put it on Facebook, upload your pictures to Instagram, whatever, that is ok. As long as you do it AFTER publication. And it would be lovely, although not a requirement, that you link your work back to the magazine, further promoting it.
This may change at some point in the future, depending on the direction the magazine goes in. But at this early stage in time, this is a free publication, a voluntary collaboration of like minded individuals who want to share and promote their work in a unique and creative fashion.
In saying all that, I am the one putting this bad boy together. So that means that at some point I may edit your work slightly, mainly to make it fit correctly and look appealing on the page. You all know how irritating it is when those last two lines just won’t fit, and they end up stranded on the next page, lonely and shivering in the cold.
I may also ask to change a picture that you have included, if it is retrieved from Google. In this situation I will most likely be replacing it with a picture of my own, which will be in exactly the same concept and design as the picture you provided. This is simply to stay in keeping with the originality of the magazine.
Please note: These edits will only be minor, and they will not change the meaning or direction of your work in any way. I will be emailing any edits back to the creator, to seek their approval before publication.
Mac vs. PC:
I realised something both irritating and distressing the other day. I have a PC. Ok, I mean, obviously I knew that, and I’m fine with it, but what I hadn’t considered was that anything I produce on the PC will not be compatible with Mac computers. And considering there is probably a 50/50 split out there in the world (or whatever, I haven’t done the numbers), that means that 50% of people won’t be able to access the magazine. So I’m currently investigating the program that will allow me to transfer the magazine into a Mac friendly format, so I can release both versions of the magazine simultaneously.
So, to my amazing followers out there…can you save me a lot of time and heartache and point me in the right direction? I need something that will modify both Word and PDF versions of a document from PC format to Mac format. Have you ever done this before? Do you know someone who has? Let me know now, for god’s sake, and save me endless hours of sifting through Google, desperately trying to find what I need.
Thankyou. Your expected help is greatly appreciated.
Well, I think that’s about it for now. Oh, yes, one last thing….
PLEASE REBLOG THIS WHERE YOU CAN!
For those of you who have already submitted, reblog this so your followers can get on board.
For those of you who are yet to submit, reblog this to give yourself that last push of motivation to finish and send in your piece.
For those of you who have little to no interest whatsoever, reblog this so you can complete your good Samaritan act of kindness for today.
As with anything, the more people we get interested and involved, the more people will be reading the magazine. And the more people reading the magazine, the more people will be seeking out your blog. And that is a win/win situation for everyone.
So, a final reminder:
THREE DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT!!
Email your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share the excitement. Share the love.
Here is a picture of some roses currently decorating my kitchen table. Why? Just ’cause. I can’t publish a post with no pictures in it, because, after all:
What is the use of a [blog post] without pictures?
– Alice in Wonderland.