Monday, July 23, 2007

The Future of Epitaphs Magazine

Wow, what a slacker I am! No post on here since early last month? Sheesh.

Well, I'm back and have some updates. First, Epitaphs Magazine is in the process of changing. Though the magazine has a growing following, it just hasn't been enough to pay the bills. In essence, the magazine went bankrupt. Then with the increase in postal rates, printing costs and the loss of our designer, it just about fell into oblivion. But, much like the phoenix, it is starting its rise from the flames.

Epitaphs is being revamped. Originally I thought it would have to go online. Then I was faced with the issue of charging per online issue or for a subscription and how that would work. My website is great, but it does have limitations. And would people really want to pay for an online magazine? It's a hard sell, because people tend to think online stuff should be free. But it didn't change how printing costs and such had gone out of my non-existant budget. And, on top of all this, I still have subscribers with issues left. Being as the magazine was bankrupt, I could not just refund people's money. But I certainly was not going to leave people hanging. What to do?

The good news is that EM is staying alive. And the support of people has been wonderful. More good news is that my husband is going to be designing the new magazine. It will have a new look and feel. While the other one was wonderful, with this new era for the magazine, it's going to be treated as a new piece. So Bill is going to learn the ropes, as it were, and make it happen.

The magazine is also going through a new publisher. It will now be printed through This will take a great burden off of me, as I have been soley in charge of the printing, storage, mailing and everything for the magazine for two years. With the new version, people will be able to order it directly from CafePress and have it shipped from them. Let me tell you, not having to haul a few hundred magazines around at a time will be wonderful! I spend a lot of my not-so-spare time writing, editing and organizing the magazine, so this burden is doing a welcome disappearing act!

But while the magazine is changing, it's still going to have the same great quality of articles, photos and more. The writers and I are currently pulling together a great issue for the fall. I think you'll be pleased.

So that's the update for now. If you have any questions about anything, please e-mail me at