It is time to make hard decisions, I am sure I am not the only one faced with these at the moment. Over the last couple of months I have been working really hard to get us ready to go to print with our next tinyStudio Creative Life magazine issue. I have had each issue printed as a one off just for myself and Evanita, and it is an absolute thrill to get it in my hands. The drive to share this gorgeous magazine and the amazing creativity of our contributors with subscribers is great!
We were so close, I have found a wonderful printer who is particularly interested in working with Indie publishers like we are, and a distribution company who they work closely with , who offer a fantastic service, including eco cardboard packaging and flat rate global shipping.
But now we are all facing this pandemic, and what was something of a calculated risk before, has become a much greater risk. I feel that, even apart from the current economic uncertainty most of us are facing, there are potential disruptions to production and distribution of the magazine, and these uncertainties have led to to make the hard decision to postpone our print launch at least for Issue 7 at the end of May, and possibly also for Issue 8 at the end of August. I would feel awful if there were holdups and people did not get the Issues they paid for arriving in good time and with certainty. I also need to be very sure of having enough subscriptions come in to be able to cover the print and shipping costs, and I think it is a big ask at the moment for people to commit to 12 month subscriptions.
All going well, we will soon be able to return to our big print plans and I would hope to see our first print issue come out in time for our 2nd Anniversary in November 2020!
I am very sorry, I know a lot of people were really looking forward to tinyStudio in print as well as digital (myself in particular!) but I am comforted in knowing that all our Digital subscribers love their magazine and that we can continue to bring you each issue brimming with inspiration and creativity, distractions from worries and stress, and ideas and projects to keep you busy!
I am grateful to all our contributors for sending us so many amazing articles, and I promise that Evanita and I will continue to make each issue as amazing as we possibly can, I am grateful that we keep working, with your continued support and through difficult circumstances. Digital is really proving to be invaluable at this time! I also hope that the low monthly, pay as you go subscription allows us to be as inclusive as we can be, and that, along with the fortnightly video podcasts, you will continue to enjoy your magazine subscription, or if you haven’t yet picked one up and were waiting for print to come out, that you might consider a digital subscription in the mean time, as this can be a good time to keep in touch with the creative community through tinyStudio magazine.