Unlikely Luddites

Posted by – July 6, 2009

This blog post about the editors of magazines being stubborn about not accepting electronic submissions wouldn’t be half so amusing if it weren’t about the “big three” sci fi magazines.

That’s not to say editors shouldn’t have their cranky prerogatives. They should, and generally they do. I’d be disappointed if, say, Lewis Lapham didn’t. Older people who knew more than the average 20 year old – or even the average 40 year old – can even dream of knowing are allowed some room.

But it’s still funny when when it’s the editors of Analog.

2 Comments on Unlikely Luddites

  1. Phoebe says:

    It *is* funny. It’s also really annoying. On the one hand, you really should always start off by submitting to the Big 3. But on the other hand, I didn’t even *own* a printer until a few months ago. So I usually end up e-subbing to the other pro sites first. (And feeling guilty about it.) I don’t know how deeply you read through the comments on that post, but I was surprised at the number of other writers who do exactly the same thing.

  2. VeronicaMoonlit says:

    John Scalzi is always an interesting writer, he did lots of great stuff when he had a regular column in the old Official Playstation Magazine. Very insightful guy.

    Jerry Pournelle’s comment that the last novel he did that was sent in paper form was Footfall was interesting.

    I think I also agree with Dragoness Eclectic’s comment:

    “IMHO, the real problem with the Big 3 and mystery fiction’s Big 2 is that, until today, I didn’t even know they were still being published! A couple decades ago, they went from newstand distribution plus subscriptions to either purely subscription or possibly subscription + direct markets. Unlike comics, they don’t have the advantage of specialty shops that cater just to their publications.

    Point being, there was no way for potential new readers to even find out that these magazines existed. If your only subscribers are your existing readers, and possibly their kids, and you never bring in new readers… do the math. ”

    I didn’t know they were still around. Same thing has happened to the comic book industry, newstand/grocery store racks are gone.

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