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Stacey Janssen

Managing Editor:
Dave Noonan


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Publisher: Bluejack

September, 2008 : Editorial:


Crazy Eyes and Evil Laugh Go Here

Do you remember last month's editorial, where I made the allusion that Blunt was not Superman but was, in fact, a mere mortal? I believe that he made it his personal goal to prove me wrong, because not four days later, both the news feature and the forums had RSS feeds. By the time a week had passed, he had hooked everything up to a feed, including our newly functioning Recently Received section (which you should visit soon and send us a review) and the articles themselves! I mean really, if you've never told Bluejack how awesome he is, don't you think today's a good day to start?

In keeping with what seems to be our new theme, we're going to be trying a few experiments in the relatively near future. The first of these is going to be implementing an ad system. That's right—you can soon promote your upcoming novel or collection, your magazine or website right here, where you can reach your target audience.

"Wait", you're thinking, "are you saying that you are finally going down that horrible path of seizure-inducing flashes next to your articles and little green men walking across the screen?"

Yeah, no. Pretty much not ever. We're readers like you—and that stuff drives us crazy. We won't be accepting any animated ads, I'm not sorry to say. IROSF will remain a seizure-free zone. That said, check back often for a full FAQ on the ads, including pricing and the like. We expect to get it functioning within the month.

Our second big experiment is going to be a change in the way we accept submissions. We would like to implement the system of accepting queries. When I say this, I don't mean the kind of queries we've accepted before, where the author pitches us the idea and we say, "Sure, write it and then we'll see if we want it." What I mean is that we will contract with a fully fleshed-out query.

How does this benefit you? It saves you the trouble of writing the same article as somebody else who happens to get it in first. This way, you can be guaranteed a spot in an issue before you even write the first word. We will also continue to accept complete manuscripts, if that happens to be your preferred method of submission. Full FAQ on queries coming soon.

Speaking of our experiments, don't forget our fancy new Donate button! We would like to thank the four people who donated last month. Let's try to double that this month! Gather up your seven closest friends and have a donate party! Bring chips—everyone loves chips. I'll come if there are chips. Have a poker game in our honor and donate the winnings to the site. Start a fun new drinking game where everyone takes a shot for every five dollars you donate as a group—first one to pass out has to donate half the cost of an article and gets "IROSF" written on their face in permanent marker (see, this way you'd help us with advertising, too). Donating doesn't have to be painful. It can be fun.

Still not convinced? Would you rather have something to show for your buck? I can respect that, and in that case you should visit our Café Press store. That's right—you can finally have that IROSF T-shirt or tote that you've always dreamed about! Besides, that's so much more attractive than permanent marker.

Copyright © 2008, Stacey Janssen. All Rights Reserved.

About Stacey Janssen

Stacey was born and raised in Southern California. She worked dispatch for several years before moving to Seattle in 2006, and graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Creative Writing in 2009. She now writes video game content by day. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Internet Review of Science Fiction.


Sep 2, 05:30 by IROSF
This is the place to discuss the editorial or the magazine in general.

Editorial is here.
Sep 7, 15:01 by Janine Stinson
The ad idea is good; one must generate income somehow. The query acceptance idea is also good, for the stated reasons in the editorial, and I greatly appreciate it as a contributor. Looking forward to more info on both changes. Thanks!

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