Just to let eager readers know. I was at the printers this morning and could see some pallets labelled MRJ 262. They should be winging their way to the distributors very shortly.
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 09:21
Sorry, it is not acceptable to publish MRJ on or close to the stated publishing date. The frothers will choke whilst foaming at the mouth. Think of the poor staff at WHS Ealing.
It'll just confuse non-subs readers. They'll start looking at their usual post-stated-publication-date offset and find that the issue has sold out already!
What do you mean, "there's aways copies left when the next one comes out?"
Posted 30 March 2018 - 17:08
So it's the usual s*d the subscribers, let them wait in the queue attitude, then.
Posted 30 March 2018 - 19:12
I’m pretty sure that Cygnet can defend themselves and I’m also pretty sure that this has been explained before, although I can’t immediately find the relevant post. So...
If you’re a “big” publication, then your printer tends to handle your distribution as well. So they print the mag, bag up and post the subscription copies and send the rest out to the newsagent through the usual channels, hence subs copies tend to arrive before the shop copies. However, if you’re a “small” publication (and in the overall scheme of publishing things, MRJ is pretty small) the magazine is printed, newsagent copies are distributed and the subs copies are sent back to the publisher, who then bags up and posts; hence the subs copies tend to arrive after the shop copies.
I subscribe to MRJ to make sure I always get a copy, not because I want to get it more quickly. And to paraphrase something I’ve posted before, a world in which I receive my copy of MRJ after it is on sale in WHS Ealing is still infinitely preferable to one where there is no MRJ at all.
I might point out that Narrow Gauge and Industrial Review is also a small publication, yet it's subs copies are bagged, addressed and sent out direct from the printers in clear poly sealed bags.
I think it is probably the choice of Cygnet to this themselves, rather than the printer doing this for them.
Posted 30 March 2018 - 22:08
Posted 31 March 2018 - 13:09
It is swings and roundabouts financially as the printer can get a discount on postage rates which may or may not cover the extra costs of the printer wrapping, labelling and posting the copies. the HMRS has its mag and newsletter posted out by the printer (Amadeus as it happens, the same as MRJ) but the WRRC currently gets them delivered in bulk and the newsletter editor arranges it. It probably depends with MRJ how many subs copies there are.
Posted 31 March 2018 - 13:12
I certainly agree that the important thing is getting the mag, whether on time or late.
I've bought the lot since No. 0, plus the two Compendiums (Compendia?) and have relished just about every issue; and I subscribe, rather than asking my mate Nigel Bird to keep a copy for me, precisely because I want to support them and I know that having the money up front can be very important for a small business.
But these things do cut both ways, don't they?