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On the subject of blogging

I thought this was worthy of note:

Sept. 19, 2008: Jose Saramago starts a blog

http://www.observer.com/2008/arts-culture/jose-saramago-85-starts-blog

Sept. 2, 2009: Jose Saramago gives up blog:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hhsTZip0ns2jLZclMuqLZG4cYdyg

And here’s the blog itself: http://josesaramago.blogspot.com/

(I think it’s curious that the news item on Saramago giving up his blog doesn’t link to the blog itself).

—GVG

Writing workshop at Anticipation

I’m told that there’s some problem spreading the word about the writing workshop at this year’s Worldcon, so here’s a link in case anyone cares to spread the word:

http://birdhousefrog.livejournal.com/127850.html

—Gordon V.G.

Aug/Sept issue giveaway for bloggers

It has been a while since we’ve done one of these promotions, but I’ve got about two dozen advance copies of the new issue that I’m looking to give away to anyone in North America who will blog about the issue.  (Sorry, overseas readers, but international mailing rates are just too high for F&SF to foot the bill.)  So here’s how it works:

1) Go to the F&SF Contact us page: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/contact.htm

2) Fill in your name and address and send a message indicating that you will blog about the issue.

3) After your issue arrives, comment about the issue on your blog and send us a link to your comments.

That’s it.

If you’ve participated in one of these bloggers’ promotions before, please give someone else the chance to try F&SF for free.

Thanks.

—Gordon V. G .

Fictionwise acquired by Barnes & Noble

In case anyone is wondering if the acquisition of Fictionwise by Barnes & Noble will affect their F&SF subscription, it sounds unlikely:

http://www.fictionwise.com/bn.htm

If I hear anything more, I’ll post it, but for now, it’s safe to assume that we’ll have business as usual with the good folks at Fictionwise.  And I congratulate them on this deal, which sounds like it will be good for all parties.

—Gordon V.G.

Distribution problems

There are upheavals going through the magazine distribution business right now and they’re going to affect F&SF.  Specifically, copies that were distributed through Anderson News Corp. or Source Interlink might not be distributed right now.

Most of our newsstand and bookstore distribution won’t be affected, but some people might find F&SF absent from their usual spot.  We’re hoping things will get sorted out soon.  Meantime, you can always order copies directly from us.

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