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#1118 - 10/01/01 03:46 PM "Golden Retriever"
Barbara Offline
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I just received my courtesy copies of the December issue of Ellery Queen. That's the issue that has "Golden Retriever" -- which I'm now thinking I should have subtitled "Or, The Return of the Reluctant Op", ha. I don't know whether it's available in stores yet; haven't had a chance to check.

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#1119 - 10/06/01 03:44 PM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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Glad to hear it. And at least now I'm living in the US, I have a chance to get my mitts on a copy

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#1120 - 10/07/01 08:55 AM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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It's not on the stands yet here. But we always seem to be a little late getting new magazine issues.

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#1121 - 10/07/01 11:05 AM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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EQ's web page is still featuring the November issue, so I guess December isn't officially out yet. Wouldn't it be nice if magazines were actually published on the dates that appear on the covers?

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#1122 - 10/07/01 02:10 PM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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Why is that? Why do magazines go on sale months before their cover date?

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#1123 - 10/07/01 02:52 PM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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Ah! The history of periodical publishing.

The practice goes back to the early days of news stand distribution. And probably greatly influenced by the daily newspapers.

The news stand operators would let a publication stay on the stand up to the end of the date on the cover. So, of course, the dailies were cleared off the stand at the end of the day.

Publishers of monthly titles wanted to have their magazines on the stand as long as possible. So they would put a month "date" on the magazine that was actually 1 or 2 months after the publication date. That meant that something labled "November" that came out sometime in September would have at the very least 4 full weeks on the stand, and possibly 7 or 8.

It's all about sales.

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#1124 - 10/07/01 10:09 PM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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Jim Huang is trying to buck the custom and publish Drood Review the month listed on the cover. So far it's been hit-and-miss, but at least he's trying.

Incidentally, I sent "Golden Retriever" to EQ twenty months ago. I'm used to waiting a year to see a story in print, but now it's inching up on two years.

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#1125 - 10/07/01 11:20 PM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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It could be worse. I submitted a story to Circlet Press in April 1999. The only response I've had was "yes" in response to a "Did you receive it" email...

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#1126 - 10/07/01 11:31 PM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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Why does it take so long?

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#1127 - 10/08/01 09:13 AM Re: "Golden Retriever"
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Well, in EQ's case, editor Janet Hutchings maintains a big inventory of stories; she always has enough on hand for two years' worth of issues. I suspect it's the same elsewhere -- too many writers, not enough markets.

Julia, you must have set some kind of record for waiting to hear back from a publisher. I don't know Circlet Press, but I do hope you've submitted your story elsewhere.

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