Hello Friends and Subscribers to MIDNIGHT MARQUEE and MAD ABOUT MOVIES:
We have some good news and some bad news for subscribers of MIDNIGHT MARQUEE and MAD ABOUT MOVIES.
Technology changes constantly, and magazines must keep up with such technology or risk becoming irrelevant dinosaurs. Susan and I, after months of thinking and years of losing money, have decided to abandon the print versions of our magazines. That's the bad news! The good news is that we will publish both magazines, for free, online.
By eliminating the ever-increasing postage and the hefty cost of mailers, as well as the constantly escalating costs of printing and advertising, we will be able to publish the magazines in a more timely fashion. Also, we will be able to use color and higher tech graphics.
Don't fret! The contents, the heart and soul of both magazines, will remain exactly the same. Only the external graphic design of the magazines will be updated. But our emphasis will continue to be classic film oriented.
We could not have survived this long without our loyal readers, and we intend to refund the subscription money paid. However, we would appreciate if subscribers would use their credit for our merchandise. Please let us know what option you choose.
If you do not own a computer and want the actual magazine printed out, we would be happy to send a printout to fulfill your subscription. Afterward, this will be a $10 charge (including media mail postage). If that seems expensive, remember, we are printing only one issue at a time, and the cost of color toner and computer paper is very expensive.
We are so sorry we can no longer manufacture and sell an expensive hard copy magazine. The declining subscription base, along with the escalating costs of production and mailing, unfortunately, has gotten so out of control that we need to make this difficult decision.
Online publishing has become a way to keep our artistic visions alive. Many magazine and book publishers have ceased production these past few years and, with the state of our economy, it's only going to get worse. The Internet will keep many of these publications alive. We find the creative challenge of remolding the magazines quite exhilarating. I believe readers will find a new spark of creative vitality present, and when you realize the imaginative opportunities that web publishing (with color) offers, I think you will be apprehensive initially but ultimately delighted.
Anyway, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone us (8 am-6pm, Monday-Saturday, EST) (410.665.1198)
Or write us at
Midnight Marquee Press
Gary and Susan Svehla
9721 Britinay Lane
Parkville, MD 21234
Let us know if you want (1) a cash refund; (2) credit with the company to purchase books, magazines or DVDs; or (3) Bare Bones Hard Copy Print Outs of one or both magazines.
Issue #76 of MIDNIGHT MARQUEE will be available, online, no later than the end of August and most likely before then.
Gary and Susan Svehla