Martin has just received his 7th issue of Qercus since last October.We are now producing 9 issues a year with an approximate 6 week gap between issues. That gap will vary to ensure the magazines are out at the best time to ensure publicity for RISC OS Shows. The special 25th anniversary issue is out next followed by the South East Show special giving the promised 9 issues within 12 months.
An annual subscription costs £44.55 and it was a special offer, available for new and repeat subscribers this month, that Martin took. Perhaps I should have persuaded him to add a binder to his order to keep his magazines tidy!
Advertising? We are limited to what advertisers want. In general we have limited advice to that necessary to have it printed as required - eg to ensure that the A9/CJE advert has its footprint rectangles printed the correct size, and to stop text disappearing off the edge of the page. If anyone wants to write a series on producing good adverts then we would be very interested in publishing such - or we can add the publisher's advice to a series on graphics suitable for advertising copy.
Advertising? RISC OS people are their own worst enemies. We give free advertising space for those offering free RISC OS software/services and a free mailing for user groups - and so far no one has taken us up on those offers. We have offered a free directory listing (name, address details, logo, short description) to anyone supporting RISC OS in any way (commercially or not) and the take-up is poor. We all suffer from the same problem that afflicted Acorn! ;-(
We (plural because Qercus relies on a wide range of contributors - even though the editing, marketing, art editing, subscriptions, advertising sales, bottle washing, &c is just me) produce a magazine that still costs less than Acorn Publisher did 7 years ago and Qercus now has more pages and all of them in colour. But we do have an apology to make: renewal dates do come around more frequently than they did 2 years ago.