Laying It Out Now…
June issue. It will be out later in the month.
Yes, issue #62 of a monthly magazine that has about 70,000 or so words in it every month. All written by me.
No one else.
Do the math. That’s is over 800,000 words per year in just Smith’s Monthly, not counting anything else I do.
Except for a light copyedit and the actual loading to the accounts, I do everything else on this magazine.
I do all the covers for the short stories and the rest of the contents and the magazine itself.
I do the layout into trade paper in a two-column format in InDesign. (That’s what I am doing tonight.)
And each issue tends to have a theme that interests me in one way or another.
Should other writers do this? Oh, heavens, no. Unless your yearly word count is like mine, up in the Pulp 2 or 3 range EVERY YEAR. (1.2 to 1.4 million consumable words.) And this magazine does not sell many copies. Not once, even back when we started this, did we expect this to sell many copies. But there are a few subscribers and maybe around issue #75 we might do a small Kickstarter campaign. I think after 75 issues, people might believe I can do it. (grin)
On that topic, I was actually out to convince myself when I started that I could do this and this seemingly impossible thing was actually possible, since it had never been done by anyone in history. No one.
My first issue came out in October, 2013. I hit it every month for the first 42 months (yes, that is 3.5 years) until Kris got sick and we had to move to Vegas. I took time off for a year or so then. Started to come back after we were moved, but just about the time I was ready to restart, the pandemic sort of took the wind out. I actually got back in January 2021 and have not missed a month since.
This is the 18th issue since the restart that I am working on. Issue #62.
And I am having a blast right now. I already have #63 laid out and just need to write the introduction to get it to copyediting. I am really enjoying doing all the covers and the layout. And honestly, it feels great when an issue arrives in the mail.
And yes, the first ten of the restart were counted in my 70 books in my 70th year challenge.
So I have been having fun tonight doing layout and covers, and thought I would share here, since I am always telling others to have fun with the writing and publishing. Tonight, and just about every night, I practice what I preach.