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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:15 pm:   

Hi Lou

Any chance of getting some idea of what's going to be in Argosy 3? Enquiring minds, and all that... :-)
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 05:07 am:   

Third issue? What about issue #2? I ordered mine from the website quite a while ago and still haven't received it. I assumed it wasn't out yet. Am I wrong?
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Laird Barron
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:10 am:   

Hi John--

I just received issue #2 yesterday. Haven't even cracked it open yet...
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:55 am:   

Ah, thanks, Laird.

Oh, and apologies to Lou -- upon second read my post sounds a bit more panicky than I'd intended. Didn't want to cause any alarm! :-)
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Lou Anders
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:07 pm:   

No need to apologize. We had some delays with 2 (obviously), but I handed in issue 3 last month and it's just waiting on them to lay it out!
Best.
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 08:06 am:   

See the post under 'ARGOSY/IS schedules to be announced'. All good news!....


James
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Fred Goldstein
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 06:56 am:   

Has issue 3 been mailed to subscribers yet? If
it has, I haven't got mine yet.
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 08:52 am:   

Hi Fred -

No, we didn't miss you!

It's taken some time and work to get things here ramped back up, and we've had a few obstacles to overcome and responsibilities to address - but we proofed the issue last Thursday, and it looks excellent.

All of the subscriber envelopes are addressed, and just awaiting the copies. I'll post here as we get the books and ship them out so you'll know when to expect it.

Best,

James
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Mike Benedetti
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:21 pm:   

About time for an update!
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M
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 01:26 pm:   

Off the Argosy site:

February 17, 2005

Argosy Quarterly #3 begins shipping Friday! The slipcases are in and have all been assembled, and the books are due to arrive any day now. Subscriber, contributor, and direct retailer order copies will be going out first. More info will be posted this weekend....
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Liam Rands
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2005 - 04:40 pm:   

Has issue #3 shipped yet? I'm in Australia and haven't seen anything arrive in the post office box yet.
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2005 - 04:57 pm:   

Hi Liam -

I'll check on yours in the morning and post - there are a number going out in waves, although I know they've started to hit, since the email has picked up exponentially in the last few days!

(And it seems Dick Lupoff was first to get one! )

Everyone has been pretty happy with it so far. More later - but thanks for checking!

James
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 - 03:30 pm:   

Liam:

Yours was in a batch that's already gone out. Be sure to let us know when it arrives, as well as what you think of it!

Best,

James
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Liam Rands
Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 01:25 pm:   

Many thanks James. A shall wait with bated breath :-)
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 12:38 pm:   

My copy arrived today, James. Looks good (as always).
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Coppervale
Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 03:13 pm:   

Thanks, Gordon.

The 'Looks good' made me smile; the '(as always)' made my week.

The Summer 2005 edition and the Fall 2005 edition will be the same format - ivory stock, with sepia ink. Two reasons: one, to keep the format consistent for Paul's three-part novel; and two, because we have two more classy illustrators whose work would look as nice as Bill Sienkiewicz's does in this one.

Thanks again for the post.

James
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 03:28 pm:   

Just received mine today, James. And it looks wonderful.
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 04:21 pm:   

Thank you, Ellen!

Two stories I wanted to point out to you (specifically): the Tem story (because it's tight and short, and my first exposure to Steve was YBFH); and Marly Youmans' story.

Cold submission. Knocked. Me. Out.

And 'John Grant'... Well. What can I say? The man's brilliant...

Anyway, thank you for the kind remark - means a lot!

James
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 04:25 pm:   

Have you seen Steve's story on the SCIFICTION site? Not really like most of his fiction.

Marly has sent me a couple of stories lately-I've read one and am hedging and haven't read her other yet. But she seems really talented.

But I'll be reading them all once I start on YBFH#19. Soon. Very soon.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 05:32 pm:   

James:

I got my issue on Friday. I forgot to post it here. Looks great!

JK
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 09:47 am:   

John: Thank you. Wait'll you see the cover of the Summer issue!

Ellen: Going to read Steve's story now. And we're pubbing another long story by Marly in an upcoming Argosy. Really like her work - she just hasn't dome much short fiction. Was a big flag the Farrar, Stauss is her book publisher - those guys are really picky...

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Jonathan
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 01:58 pm:   

Hey James. Great to hear #3 is out. Do you guys sell individual issues. I need to get a copy. Best J
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 03:40 pm:   

Hey Jonathan -

Is this the 'oh Strahan my Strahan' Jonathan? Or a different connoisseur of fine books?

If the latter, then yes: there's an option on the Coppervale Marketplace page for single issues.

If the former, there may already be one reserved under your better half's name. Email me to check.

James
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Liam Rands
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 01:16 pm:   

James,

#3 arrived downunder in Aw-straylia today. The post office sent a kangaroo around to my place express hop. The copy looks wonderful. Many thanks.

Liam
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Steve Tem
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 06:02 pm:   

It hasn't arrived in Denver yet, and of course I'm anxious to see it. I suppose there's nothing else to do but watch tonight's episode of America's Next Top Model instead.

-- Steve Tem
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 06:47 pm:   

Liam: Thank you. You're welcome.

Steve: Hm. I'll check on it tomorrow. (But, be honest - even if it HAD gotten there, you'd be Tivo-ing ANTM.)

James
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Zoran
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 05:22 am:   

I just received the #3. It looks really great! Congratulations, James. It's an honor to be a part of it!
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 09:11 am:   

Zoran: Thank you. We're happy to have you in it - and in future editions!

Steve: I think you slipped through the cracks on the database, since the first contact I'd had with you was your contract. We're rectifying that now, and are also tucking in copies of #1 and #2 in case you missed them.

James
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Jetse
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 12:43 pm:   

And Isue #3 arrived in The Netherlands, as well.

The superb slip-case edition demonstrating that a digest-sized magazine can be very classy, indeed.

Good to see that Argosy is still alive and kickin'. I really hope to enjoy it for years to come. Very happy to see that you decided to keep it going, James.

As to the missing ads: am I the only one who thinks that they were classy, as well?
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 01:30 pm:   

Jetse:

The distributor screwup of last year (documented here and on the Argosy site) is in arbitration so we can recover damages - but the heart of the problem is that they didn't like the two volume slipcased format - for a periodical.

To be able to put Argosy in the chain stores in the two-book format meant we had to drop the ads and call it a 'serial anthology' instead of a 'periodical'.

The new problem being that the distributors who COULD put it out as a two-volume 'book' wouldn't allow the ads.

We felt we owed it to our subscribers, contributors, and retailers (not to mention the people to whom we owe money, who NEED us to stay in business) to continue to produce what they wanted to see - a superlative publication, regardless of the label it's carried under.

The loss of the ads is part of the reason for the price increase - but based on the reviews, it was a good call. If the value is there, the publication can survive.

We're still evolving; this is a process. We'll see how this year goes. I appreciate the kind remarks, about both the current and past issues. They're very much appreciated.

James
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 01:39 pm:   

...Plus, not having the ads meant we got to do the cool Sepia watermark on the inside covers, which offset the title pages VERY nicely...
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 08:57 am:   

Haven't received my copy yet, but I'm very much looking forward to it.
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Coppervale
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 11:40 am:   

The last batches of subscriber copies are in a pile waiting to go to the Post Office, as are a bunch of retailer orders and the rest of the comp list.

*Whew*.

We've finally integrated the databases, including the one early last year that was VERY screwed up. Looking smoother and smoother all the time.

Hope it doesn't disappoint, Jason!

James
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 08:52 am:   

Everything else on the current list - sub copies, comp copies, retailer orders - has now gone out, and should be arriving this week or next.

We've had a resurgence of subs and single copy orders due to the heady reviews (thanks, Rick) and comments on the message boards. Those will be going out weekly as we receive them.

We'll be posting the news about the reappearence of Argosy in the mainstream venues - those beloved chain stores - in coming weeks. It'll be this same issue - one of the reasons we dated it Spring 2005 - you guys just get to lead the zeitgeist.

Onward to A4! Cover to come shortly!

James
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Kelly Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 09:28 am:   

Hello!

I've never read an issue of Argosy before, but after looking at the images and contents of the latest issue I think that's going to have to change.

Can anyone direct me to a good, trustworthy site to order it from? I know of the Coppervale site, are they the best place to order it from? Or is there a good, trustworhty independent store out there who carries Argosy who could use the sales?

I'd appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 09:44 am:   

Hi Kelly -

Coppervale is ARGOSY's publisher - we'd be happy to help you out. Or, we'd be just as happy for you to hit one of our preferred online retailers:

http://www.clarkesworldbooks.com/arg_mag.html

http://budplant.com/product.asp?pn=ARG03

Hope you like the publications. Let us know if you have any questions.

James A. Owen
Argosy Quarterly
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Clarkesworld
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 11:27 am:   

Thanks for sending people our way. Clarkesworld should have copies of Argosy 3 any day now.

-Neil
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Kelly Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 11:34 am:   

Thanks James. I just ordered Argosy #3 from Bud Plant (I went to Clarkesworld first but, as Neil mentioned, they're still waiting for their copies).

If I enjoy #3 as much as I think I will, I will be subscribing and ordering the two back issues shortly.
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 12:28 pm:   

Kelly: Great! And if you do decide you want the previous issues, please order one of them from Neil - shipping snafus are the only reason Bud got his first, and I want to keep our karma balanced.

James
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Kelly Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 01:49 pm:   

No problem! Thanks again. I can't wait to sink my teeth into the issue.
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Steve Rasnic Tem
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 11:32 pm:   

I got my copies today--really handsome piece of work. I particularly like the antique aspects.

-- Steve Tem
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 09:31 am:   

Yay, I got my order today :-)
Looks good, I can't wait to read volumes II & III
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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 04:34 pm:   

Hey James - A3 arrived Down Under yesterday afternooon, for which many thanks! - J
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Clarkesworld
Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2005 - 08:51 pm:   

Whoo-hooo! Our copies arrived today. Can't wait to dig in.

-Neil
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 11:06 am:   

Steve: Thank you. We're happy to have published your work!

Robert: Coming your way...

Jonathan: Finally! Hope you like it. (Sidenote - how old are your girls? Just saw the pics on your blog.)

Neil: Great! I'll keep sending people your way!
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 09:08 am:   

Hey James, I still haven't gotten my copy yet. Just wanted to let you know.

And a very nice review in this month's Locus. Woo hoo!
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Coppervale
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 10:07 am:   

Hey Jason -

I'll check on it - and thanks for the heads up on LOCUS. Hadn't seen it yet!

James
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Christopher Barzak
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 03:14 am:   

Hi James,

I had a subscription to Argosy and I haven't received my copy yet either.

Thanks in advance for looking into it!
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:40 am:   

Hey Christopher -

Checked with shipping, and they crosschecked the mailing list by hand (trying to avoid OUR error) - you got checked off on April 4, so it went in the shipment the week prior.

Send an address confirmation to me, and I'll have the guys get a replacement copy sent out to you.

Best,

James
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:05 am:   

Hey Jason -

Haven't confirmed anything here about when yours went out - but if you'll shoot me you confimation address too, we'll send your new copy out with Christopher's.

Best,

James
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:59 am:   

Just sent you the email, James. Thanks.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 - 05:16 pm:   

My copy of #3 came today. Wow. So pretty!
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 11:16 am:   

Thanks, Jason.

The line illos on in sepia on off-white stock seemed like the natural progression from two color photos of Blues musicians (A1) and full-color Dr. Seuess (A2).

We're keeping the sepia/ivory stock format for the next two because we have two more great illustrators on deck; and to keep the format the same for the rest of John Grant's novel!

Thanks for the nice comments.

Best,

James
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2005 - 12:13 pm:   

I love that progression to sepia inks; it really makes the text pop. The packaging also seems to have improved from the past two volumes. The whole thing is really such a beautiful package. Thanks for your vision, James.

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