Douglas Cohen (douglascohen) wrote,
Douglas Cohen
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Rome Most Certainly Was Not Built in a Day

So it's been about nine months since Warren bought RoF, about five-and-a-half months since we published the first issue under the Tir Na Nog Press banner. In this time we've published four issues of the magazine, we've gotten the nonfiction department 100% caught up, we've reopened the art department and have it chugging along, and back in October we reopened the fiction department to submissions. And, of course, we now have this snazzy new website.

And yet ...in some ways, the magazine remains in transition. We still have artwork in inventory from the previous publishers. There are also stories in inventory that Shawna accepted back with the previous regime. And until the fiction department does another buying run, I don't think we will truly be operating as we were in the past. Also, Warren is currently handling the layout & design of the magazine, but it has never been his intention to handle this department indefinitely. At some point he'll be handing off the reins. And yes, there is still plenty to do with our new toy (i.e. the website).

So it's going to be a while yet before I'm comfortable in saying the magazine as a whole is out of transition. I've never been part of the launching of a magazine, and when Warren bought RoF it marked the first time I was part of a relaunch. Honestly, I knew there would be a lot of work involved in getting us up and running, but I had no idea it would take this long to transition from one publisher to another.

Warren has been involved with relaunching magazines a number of times in the past, so most (if not all) of this is all old hat to him. But me? This is most definitely a constant adventure! But with that said, now that we've launched the website, I do feel like I can take a long-anticipated breath. It took us an awful lot of work to reach this point. Don't get me wrong, it's been fun and interesting and I've learned a ton, and even though there's still a lot left to do, I think at long last it will become somewhat easier to manage my work-flow with the magazine.

Thank goodness!
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