… Of Smith’s Monthly
Just did part of the introduction tonight and will have all the story introductions done tomorrow and the entire project turned into WMG for copyediting. I will get it back toward the end of the month for me to lay-out in InDesign. Then it will come out in electronic and paper in the middle of June.
I did 44 issues without missing a month, then when Kris got sick and we had to do the sudden move down here to Vegas, I put the magazine on hiatus. Then, after a couple “I want to start…” and the world saying “Nope,” I finally started it again in January of this year and #50 is the sixth in a row without missing since then.
So far each issue has a novel, five or six original short stories, and a nonfiction book or something else serialized. Each issue ranges from 55,000 words to 70,000 words every month.
Back when I was first starting, my hope was to get to #20 and that seemed way off in the distance.
#20 went by without noticing. Why 20 issues? Because very, very few magazines ever make it more than twenty or so issues. Let along a full magazine filled completely by only one person’s fiction and other writing.
But now I have made it to 50 issues.
Of course, without indie publishing, this would never be possible.
So just wanted to mark this moment and when it comes out I am sure I will mark that moment in June.
My own magazine. Head-shaking.
As Kris said tonight, no one has ever done this. Or even come close.
And I have to admit, I don’t often promote my own work here or even tell folks when a new book of mine comes out, but 50 issues… I am damn proud of that.