There has been a lot of talk lately about the future of genre magazines, specifically in relation to online magazines. I just read Erin Hoffman’s rather interesting ideas on what she would do with an online magazine. I’ve been wanting to kick things up a bit more with Clarkesworld Magazine and she’s given me a lot of food for thought. I’m not considering the financial models presented as I’m quite happy with our own, but the aspect of doing more community-building is something I’d like to see happen. It’s time to start taking greater advantage of the medium that I’m working with instead of simply mirroring the print forefathers. We took a tiny step forward last month by allowing comments on non-fiction, but there is so much more to do.
Over the next few days, I plan to expand on some of the suggestions (from this and other sources) and how they could specifically relate to Clarkesworld. Did one of her thoughts resonate well with you or is there something else you’d like to add? I’d love to hear it and now is the perfect time to speak up.