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Coppervale
Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2004 - 02:59 pm:   

...before the end of this week! (October 19-24).

We're going to be sending out postcards to all of our subscribers, contributors, retailers, and other interested parties regarding our new publishing schedule for ARGOSY and INTERNATIONAL STUDIO.

We'll also be posting it online in various places sometime during the week - suffice it to say, the long haul we've experienced throughout the year is all but over, and everyone will be seeing the next issues of BOTH magazines before Christmas.

We've had distribution problems, huge financial responsibilities, and a pile of obligations that needed resolving before we could move forward - but we're finally in a position to be able to do so. More details will be posted as we have them - but it wouldn't hurt to be keeping an eye towards VARIETY and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY in the near future for those of you who are wondering how this is coming about...

James
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 06:09 am:   

James:

I tried sending you an e-mail and kept timing out. Is the skyboot address the best one for you?

John Klima
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 06:09 am:   

BTW, looking forward to the next issue of Argosy.

JK
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Coppervale
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 08:28 am:   

Should work, John. coppervale@skyboot.com


Give it another try, and thanks for the anticipation - we can't wait, either!

Best,

James
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Coppervale
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 08:04 am:   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 25, 2004

THE RETURN OF ARGOSY

After a long wait, and many questions being voiced in public and private about even the possibility of a third issue being released, Coppervale International is very pleased to announce the return of ARGOSY.

When the first issue of the all-genre publication, which has since been much lauded for its elegant, two-volume slipcased format, premiered at the World Fantasy Convention in November of 2003, Charles Brown told us two things: first, "…You’ve already made history. It’s beautiful. And you’re not charging enough." And second, "Watch the distribution. Those guys will eat you alive."

(A note to all publishers, existing and aspiring: pay lots of attention to Charles Brown.)

It’s been well-documented on our message boards and elsewhere that our mainstream periodical distributor completely dropped the ball. The first issue had limited (and late) distribution, primarily in Los Angeles. And the second issue fared little better, even after producing a non-slipcased, one-volume version expressly for them — which was then compared negatively to the identically priced slipcase edition. This created a serious cash flow crisis, and utterly demolished the release schedule.

We believed the conflict was the format. The very qualities that make it desirable to subscribers and independent bookstores also make ARGOSY an utter cipher to mainstream outlets and venues. To alter those qualities would betray our own values and goals — a lesson we learned with the well-received but not quite ‘ARGOSY’ one-volume Proletarian edition of issue two.

So, we’re now addressing the real problem — perception. Thus, in accordance with ARGOSY's being more 'bookish' in nature than 'periodicalish', we are changing the name from ARGOSY MAGAZINE to ARGOSY QUARTERLY.
We're INCREASING the page counts; UPGRADING the cover and slipcase stock; and beginning with number four, adding extra volumes to each release. We will be eliminating the advertising (more on this in the second part of the press release in two weeks) at the request of our newest distribution partners, Publishers Group West.

(And yes, it's no coincidence that PGW handles McSweeney's, another 'periodical' that distributors didn't know how to handle. Make of that what you will.)

And, perhaps most importantly, the new issue is at press now, and subscribers and direct-order retailers will receive their copies before Christmas! The cover price, in accordance with the production values and overall quality, will be increased to twenty dollars. However, all subscribers will continue to receive all of the issues originally paid for — a six issue subscription to ARGOSY will result in six issues delivered, regardless of the cover price of individual issues. Furthermore, we will honor this deal for any subscriptions sent in before December 31, 2004.

ARGOSY #3, now ARGOSY QUARTERLY — Spring 2005, Designed and Edited by JAMES A. OWEN, will be 144 pages, with a 112 page second volume. It will be printed in Sepia ink on heavy Ivory stock, to better present the line art of our feature illustrator, BILL SIENKIEWICZ.

The cover and slipcase art will be by noted illustrator MARK SUMMERS. Featured fiction is by JIM FUSILLI, RICHARD A. LUPOFF, ZORAN ZIVKOVIC, STEVE RASNIC TEM, MARLY YOUMANS, CHRISTOPHER CHAMBERS, CHRIS NAKASHIMA-BROWN, and CHARLES COLEMAN FINLAY. The nonfiction feature is a long piece by WILLIAM F. NOLAN on the death of JOHN DILLINGER.

The novella is actually the first part of JOHN GRANT’S massive, brilliant satirical novel, THE DRAGONS OF MANHATTAN. Part Two will be published in ARGOSY QUARTERLY’S Summer issue, and Part Three in the Fall issue. Upcoming issues will be featuring novellas by Zoran Zivkovic, Alan Dean Foster, Allan Gross (with Frank Cho illustrating), Marly Youmans, and others.

Through the contribution of several highly-regarded Commissioning Editors, we will once again be opening up to submissions (please inquire first), and beginning with the Winter 2005 issue (#6), we are going to be featuring a series of issues assembled and edited by Guest Editors. Surprise names guaranteed.

In the next press release (two weeks) we will address: Commissioning Editors; Guest Editors; those lovely Advertisers; more on Distribution; and the secret project we call AP. For further information, please go to www.argosymag.com.

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