Wednesday, July 16, 2008

There goes the neighbourhood.

Canada Post is moving to "Distance Related Pricing" for bulk mailings of things like magazines. Sounds dull and innocuous.

But Masthead, the house magazine of the magazine industry, reports that the consequence is that The Beaver, as a national magazine not printed in Ontario but with much of its subscription base there, is going to publish less of and pay less to, well, writers like me.

“The first thing that’s going to go is we’re not going to pay writers as much and maybe not hire as many people to write,” says my good friend Deborah the publisher. And then they may move the printing to Ontario.

Masthead has hints on how to respond if you are interested.

Also in Masthead, how to succeed on the web by dumbing down.
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