Achievement: Sense of accomplishment received October 1st, 2014.
We managed to get our first magazine out and about! This process started months ago.
We found cover art. We set up submission guidelines. We sent *out* submission guidelines.
We sifted through the submissions. (So many good. So many bad. So many meh.) Then, we put it all together.
We learned about the ISSN and the strange dichotomy of the Library of Congress wanted a hard-copy application and print of the journal, while responding to the publisher in an email.
Where do we go from here?
Well, we’re looking for new achievements:
- Sell >100 copies
- Sell>1000 copies
- Get journals into bookstores
- Produce Volume 2
- Produce 1st YA Journal
The real next step, is – as always – promotion of our products. We can annoy people on facebook and set up twitter blasts, but the honest truth is that we need to get into schools. We need to reach out to librarians, school teachers, homeschoolers, parents, and PTO’s to get the book into the hands of the only demographic that matters, the kids.
So, here’s the actual next step – get an off-set print run and start selling them. One at a time at first and then multiple copies. Spread the word to other blogs. Trumpet their presence to all of our local bookstores and send press releases to our local papers.
I promise not to spam the blog about this, but you will probably hear me kvetching about finding actual people to send press releases to and making a list of reporters we’d love to be interviewed by, blogs we’d love to be featured on, and magazine racks we want to be placed on. Please bear with me.