By Marcus Pan
Im hoping that 2005 will be a big year
for this little magazine. With a ramped up production schedule that will bring
us to a 90 day cycle, a more robust website that has recently gone live where
you can order subscriptions, issues, advertising and more online and the
continuing influx of CDs and books for review to help give us something to
write about, theres no reason why it shouldnt be..
While the past year had its ups, downs, skipped months
and lots of changes, some of which Ive been getting complaints about, we
need to look forward to changing some things in order to survive. First off,
all of the labels and bands that have promised advertising with us to help keep
us alive and growing once the site goes live where they can do so...well,
Secondly, the free copies that have been going out to all
the bands and labels who have a review in an issuethat is being downsized
due to the sheer fact that it costs us around $5 for each of those. And while
thats not a lot to YOU, specificallyweve been running as many
as 15 or more reviews in each issue, so now were talking about not
$5/month, but nearing $100 just to get full copies out to each of you. So...by
now you should have noticed you get the pages your review is in, tear sheets,
and if youd like the rest of the issue you can come and download it.
Thats just the way it is with the increase in submissions. Sorry, but
Also, I am very happy about the way the Off the Shelf column
has picked up. Previously it was littered with old novels, pulp fictions, etc.
But recently Ive had new books to read, submitted by anyone from Harper
Collins to ASI Publishing to the authors themselves, that allows me to turn the
Off the Shelf column into something a lot more exciting. In short...an actual
new book review column as opposed to an old book review column. Say keep
The News page at
Legends Online is a good source of information for all of you wondering
whats going on, where your review is, where your book is, did it get here
yet...etc. So check that out regularly, especially if youre expecting
confirmation of something you sent out or want to know where your review
stands. While the larger updates (when an issue is posted online) goes out, I
dont send every little bit of thing that happens here. So swing by and
check that out if youre looking for something. And while your there, you
can always buy me a beer!
So a new production schedule...tighter cost structure...and
a solid producer behind us, 2005 should be a great year for us. I hope that
youll all still be hanging with us when its done!
2005 @ 2004 EST