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The Bones is Dead...Long Live the Bones!

I shouldn't post this late on a Sunday night, but I'll certainly be reposting as time goes on. I figured that my close-knit LJ community should be among the first to know.

Talebones the magazine is closing up shop. There are many reasons, some of which I've mentioned before in earlier attempts to close the magazine (I thought I was out...but they dragged me back in!). Subscribers are hard to come by. I could throw numbers at you, but why bother? They're not pretty. Talebones has stayed afloat for the last few years only because of (a) the Save Talebones drive two years ago and (b) other funding from Fairwood Press, the Rainforest retreat, and my pocket.

But even so ... money is not the main reason I'm ending the mag. I need just a little less stress in my life, and more time for other things. My son. My health. My job. My writing.

And even so ... Talebones is not dead. Oh no.

Talebones #38 will be out within the next month. Issue #39 before the end of the year. (Decisions were made not too long ago on that issue.)  I am returning all submissions that come to me, unread, with a note attached regarding the closure. I will take all of 2010 off from Talebones ... except for the work/planning needed to put out the long-awaited Best of Talebones anthology. By the end of this year, Talebones will be owned by my book company, Fairwood Press.

Starting in 2011, Talebones will become an annual anthology. It will be all fiction, no poetry, probably no artwork other than the cover. It will have broader distribution (I hope). Submission guidelines will go up sometime in late 2010, and I will probably do some invites for that first anthology to get a good jump on things. I expect the guidelines to be fairly similar to the magazine guidelines. I also expect that submissions will be accepted during a limited window of time each year, and probably all online. Down the road there might be guest editors and themes. Don't hold me completely to all these expectations, though.

So Talebones isn't really going away. Just entering its chrysalis phase; when it comes out, it will hopefully be changed for the better. There's no guarantee it will survive that way, either, but I've got to give it a try.

Subscribers...I'll be contacting you about your options. You can certainly beat me to the punch and email me (or send a note to my LJ inbox) and I'll get right to you. Some subscribers will have one or two issues left, some four, some even more. I'm not taking in any more subscriptions (the subscription option is gone from the website), but in the meantime, anyone, subscriber or not, can consider buying the last two issues individually, and even consider picking up some back issues. This will be extremely helpful, as it will not be an easy road financially getting subscriptions paid back and getting #39 out without any subscription money coming in.

Please do respost this or parts of it, wherever you will, amongst the writing/SF community.

Well there it is. It's been a good run. A little rest, and I'll run again, but down a completely different road. Cuz, you know. I've got miles to go...



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Jun. 15th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
I'm sad to see it go, but the anthology is encouraging.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
BTW, it was good to see you guys at Ken's shower!

We'll see what the future holds. And I think I can still safely do Talebones Live! at Norwescon, right?
Jun. 15th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Change is always scary, but it sounds like an exciting new direction! Good luck!
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Hey, change is part of SF, right?! I'll just roll with the punches and see if I can remain standing.
Jun. 15th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Argh! . . . knife . . . twisting . . . in . . . heart!

I was afraid it would come to this. You've had a great run with the magazine. The new project sounds like a lot of fun, and if it means you'll be writing and de-stressing, then it is a good move.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Sorry about the knife!

Maybe I'll get a bandaid on that wound....if you don't mind waiting til 2011. :)
Jun. 15th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
I like the idea about the anthology. :)
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
....says the antho editor!
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I think it's something you needed to do. But hey, the anthology is a promising new change!
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
With summer coming, I'm feeling even better about lightening up my load in the near future.
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Jun. 15th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Long Live the Bones!
SO sorry to hear the mag is closing, Patrick, but happy to hear it is evolving! Hang in there with the last few issues; I'm sure you'll go out with a bang.

-- Michael Arnzen, http://www.gorelets.com
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad we'll still have it in the new form, and I'm glad that you'll be reducing some of the stress in your life!
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the next phase of Talebones! --beth wodzinski
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Beth! Keep that Shimmerzine rolling for us!
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Since issue 37 is on my shelf, I assume you are off on your numbers.

Issue 38 is coming within the month, and 39 by the end of the year, right?

Looking forward to the continuted adventure.

Best of luck, my friend
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, a few different people brought that to my attention! Thanks. :)

The adventure goes on.
Jun. 15th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hi you,

I think that Orion, your health, and your own writing are all wonderful things to focus on. I am relieved and happy that you'll get to think about yourself a little bit.
Jun. 15th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
The right choice! It's your life, and your son's, and beyond that nothing else matters. Don't make any plans like an anthology right now, because that's your guilt talking, and others will prey upon it. I see a few already have tried.

Give yourself 1 full year of not doing or talking anything TALEBONES ...with anyone, anywhere - at least in a public venue! Do that for yourself as well as all other changes you are beginning right now. Once that year of a new path has passed, then consider what you might do. Once again, keep it to yourself, keep out of public sight, until you have made the decision and not subjected yourself to the pressure of others. Only then, and not now, will you have the clear mind and a new perspective on a new change in life without the mag to make a nostalgic choice.

ADDENDUM: I said or thought many of the same things you've expressed when it came time for FIGMENT to be laid to rest. By the by, it's summer... so when are you and Orion going to haul yourselves down here again?

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Jun. 16th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes.....lovely back issues..... :)
Jun. 15th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a cool idea.

I'm a big fan of anthologies.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Me too. And I think I can lose just as much money on an anthology as I can a magazine...with less work. ;)
Jun. 15th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
The antho sounds great, Patrick. I think you've done an outstanding job over the years. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. Talebones was a market I really wanted to break in to and with #38 that's a reality. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication in the past!
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Glad you got in there!
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Good call for your own life and good luck!

Jun. 16th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Dave.

We'll need to get together again soon. I'm going to be out of school in another week.
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Really sorry to hear this, but you had a very good run. Glad to know Talebones will live on as an anthology series.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
It has been a good run indeed. 39 issues of a quarterly turned twice a year seems pretty significant to me.
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