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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
9:13 am
Creating Opportunities Since 1993
An author from an early issue wrote yesterday, asking me to remove his name from the White Crow Web site. He said that his name appears in Google searches and that this was causing problems for him at work.

I removed his name and let him know that his was not the first such request I've received over the past couple years. He replied this morning and had this to say:

Thanks, Chris, for your help and efficiency, and for sharing that others have made similar requests. It made me feel less out of it! I really enjoyed White Crow and appreciated the opportunities you created, and nothing can take that away.

There is a certain amount of satisfaction in knowing that we created opportunity, and I will try to continue to do so in the future.
Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
9:02 am
The editing begins again
flastron stopped by the apartment last night and we plowed through some poetry and fiction submissions. Most were clear rejections, unfortunately, and it's clear to me that people don't read the submission guidelines on the Web site.

We were amused for a while by two book length mss. of poetry involving vampires, sent by a dark soul currently biding his time as a grocery clerk at Meijer, and by some unfortunate forced rhymes accompanied by illustrations. For example, a drawing of an Eagle Talon (the car, not the bird's foot) to accompany a rhyming poem about her lingering memory of her now-passed husband.

I have half a mind to be horribly cruel to these people for two reasons:
1. They obviously don't read the guidelines or look at past issues and are blindly submitting to publications in hopes that, if you throw enough shit at a wall, some of it will stick.
2. I want to discourage them from sending more material so that we can focus our energies on material that actually meets the criteria of our editorial policy.

I probably won't, though. Making enemies is a bad idea, even if they are harmless and far away.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004
9:26 am
Made in Ann Arbor

I made these stickers, at Jessica Hollander's suggestion, to apply to the White Crow covers to help convince local Ann Arbor businesses to hawk our goods for us. I think it's a good idea, but it's still going to take work to go store-to-store and talk to business managers about why they should carry this product.
Thursday, June 17th, 2004
10:52 am
The new issue is finally out!

I'm trying a little trick with distribution. I'm mailing issues out to some friends and colleagues with library cards in the front--the kind that your junior high library might have had, where each person scrawls their name on the next line and you can see who checked it out before you. It instructs people to read what they like, print their name, and give it to someone else or leave it in a conspicuous spot for another reader.

I really like the idea. Each copy is relatively expensive to print, but this way a single copy could be read by numerous people. Will it work, though? If people really like it, won't they keep it? Conversely, if people are unimpressed with the content, will they really take the time to pass it on?
Thursday, February 5th, 2004
10:03 pm
New issue ready soon
We've made our selections for the next issue and anticipate publication in late February.

Completely unintentional, but the next issue seems to have the following themes: winter, death, and birds.

Current Mood: tipsy
Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
11:57 am
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