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Blue Tyson
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:28 am:   

Of this magazine, and the other big-name US digests, any thoughts? (This discussion came up on livejournal the other day, so seeing I have read a mag now, thought I would ask).

This would include those that are currently sf writers, as well.
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Don Mead
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 05:18 am:   

This subject came up on a short story panel I was on in Chicago last year. The often repeated jest is: The only people reading short stories any more are wannabe writers. But there were people in the audience who said they read shorts for pleasure. This makes sense to me. I mean, thousands of subscribers, not all of them can be hopeful writers. My wild, unfounded guess is, mmm, maybe 4 to 8 percent are writers or hope to be writers. And I base that on the gas mileage of my neighbor’s HumVee.
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Mark Lord
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 - 09:02 am:   

Gordon's estimated this at about 20% in the past - I thought it would have been more though!
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Jim Steel
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 - 02:22 pm:   

Isn't this a bit like asking (for example) how many Nirvana fans want to be musicians?
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GSH
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 - 05:04 pm:   

Being able to do a thing to some degree increases one's appreciation for seeing it done really well. That a high percentage of aspiring writers follow a particular publication is noteworthy. Unless it's a publication about writing, it's a pretty good indication you're likely to find above-average content.
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Blue Tyson
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 - 07:54 pm:   

Thanks Mark, a ballpark estimate from the head man is as good as it gets. :-)


Jim, not really. Nirvana have sold millions of albums to all sorts of people. You don't seriously think a sizeable percentage of those buyers aspire to be professional rock and roll types, or are even in a rock band, or want to be?

Completely different orders of magnitude of interest and sales.

I was wondering from a point of view of a discussion of some small press type magazines, where it would seem to be a very large percentage of people who get it aspire to be in it, or others, etc, and to compare that to one of the 'top' publications.
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Amy Sterling Casil
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2007 - 01:10 pm:   

I don't know -- I started reading the digests as a reader, then I decided maybe I could try being a writer.

Apropos of this -- I am asking for general input from the writing community "How fast do you write?" All feedback welcome:

http://asterling.typepad.com/incipit_vita_nova/2007/07/how-fast-do-you.html

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