Welp, the first issue of the new Were-Traveler is out of the funhouse, running amongst the fairgoers and the festival attendees and the carnival freaks. I am happy to have gotten it out the gate, but it was the hardest magazine I ever published.
It was the first time I had to say No and reject a writer friend of mine. His story was good, but I had no room for it. It happens. It didn't make me happy, but I felt it helped me to grow on this rough path known as publishing. One of the painful hurdles I knew I had to jump over, no matter how high and difficult.
I want so much for this little magazine. So much. I hope I can grow it into something wonderful and good. I want to have writers win awards for having their stuff printed here, whether they win it from here or from being reprinted somewhere else. I would say that it doesn't matter to me if this little rag never gets noticed for anything, but I'd be flat out lying. Of course, I'd like it to be successful! I'm going to put a great deal of effort into making it succeed.
UPDATE: The Calls for Submissions for People of Color Destroy Lovecraft hasn't gotten but one damn submission yet. Just one. I hope that is because authors are busy penning stories for it. It's early yet so I won't completely lose my shit until the last couple of weeks before the deadline. At that point, I may have to pull it and put up the call for the Women Destroy Retro Sci-Fi. But I am hoping I don't have to do that.
I got a response recently from my post on future themes from someone who really wants the "My Job is Hell" theme. So be it...Jedi. I'll run that theme after Women Destroy Retro Sci-Fi.
To all of you reading this little zine, I appreciate you.
See you in July sometime, if I get some submissions for POC Destroy Lovecraft.