July 12, 2010 · Comments Off on Juiced.GS at KansasFest 2010

Juiced.GS publisher Gamebits will be in attendance at the KansasFest 2010 vendor fair, where Apple II merchants and users buy, sell, and swap hardware, software, and publications. We will be selling subscriptions as well as complete hardcopy volumes, 2002–2009.

If you will be at KansasFest and would like to buy any back issues, please let us know in advance. As challenging as it is to anticipate demand for these products, it is even more tiring to lug a suitcase full of magazines to Kansas City — and then back home to Boston! By letting us know what stock to have on-hand, you help us ensure that our merchandise goes to readers who want it. No advance notice is required for subscriptions to current or future volumes.

If you decide to make an impulse purchase of back issues at KansasFest without previously submitting a request, you will still be eligible for any special KansasFest discounts, but you will leave the event empty-handed and will have to wait for the product to ship to your home. (Why anyone would want to wait to get their hands on Juiced.GS, I have no idea.)

See you at the show!

July 24, 2009 · Comments Off on Juiced.GS focus group & blog launch

This morning, Juiced.GS hosted a focus group at KansasFest. Less a presentation and more a roundtable, the session was an opportunity for editor and publisher Ken Gagne to talk with the Apple II community about how its last remaining print publication can better serve its (potential) subscribers.

Four areas were covered:

  • Format: Juiced.GS is facing the same issue as the rest of the publishing industry — print or online? We debated the pros and cons of hardcopy versus PDF.
  • Design: If magazines are supposed to freshen their look every 3-5 years, Juiced.GS is well behind the curve. Some suggestions for minor touch-ups were given, but the consensus was that Juiced.GS doesn't need to look better than the (non-existent) competition and should focus on content and readability.
  • Content: After outlining the kinds of content commonly found in each issue, suggestions were taken for new topics and archetypes. Some would not be timely for a quarterly publication, but several ideas aimed at new members of the community were enthusiastically received. Candidates for future interviews were requested but none were made during the session.
  • Web site: This site was redesigned this year and is now easier to update and expand. How can we take advantage of that? Several attendees felt an online forum for readers and writers to converse and collaborate would be a valuable addition. This blog is the result.

Already the fruits of this dialogue can be seen here. How else would you like to see Juiced.GS evolve? What articles would you like to see published? Feel free to respond here, or email us. Both venues may be considered for publication as letters to the editor.