Gregg added a topic in GeneralDigital DownloadsSkip, this one is for you, finally!
I have finally got a handle on the digital downloads for the magazine (I hope).
If you go to Digital Download Issue #200 I have put up a copy of Issue #200.
Let me know if there are any problems, I think I have it worked out.
I will start uploading not only the current issues, but the recent ones as well.
Let me know about the download speed, size of the file, loading, viewing, etc.
I don't have the links embedded in the PDF's yet, I will try and work on that for the next things to do.
Thanks for your support, patience, and of course, putting up with all the changes going on.
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Gregg added a topic in GeneralStatus Update: Model Cars #201I know, it's May, 2016, and no new Model Cars Magazine issue, yet!
In a nutshell, it's about money. When Golden Bell Press printed the mag, everything was done in house, and thus, at cost.
The costs to print the mag are huge, and getting huger (I know, there he goes again, those spelling misteaks).
I sent out the renewals recently, yes, I should have done them a lot earlier. It's called cash flow. I also sent out dealer/shop invoices, and those are starting to come in. What comes in barely covers what it costs for the production of the magazine, and that's just production. I have not received any salary, payment, or even reimbursement for the emptied out retirement account that I have poured into this. Either has anyone else, and that's bad, I know. I sent out an email to all writers, asking for their support, patience, and delay in sending in default judgements for payment of articles, and that has helped, a bit.
So, what's the problem?
Well, it costs about more than $10K to produce, print, mail, ship, bill, and everything else, just to get the magazine out of Denver. WHAT? That's nutz! I know it is. When I took this over, I was told it would be $X amount, and guess what, that $X amount is if you print it yourself. So, the option is simple. Shut it down, or, rob a bank, and go for broke. Or something like that.... I am putting in $XXX amount each month of my own monies, and I'm running out of piggy banks.
Issue #201 (let's stay away from the month of each mag/issue for now) is on the way to the printer. The check's in the mail, as they say, and hopefully it will be enough. It seems every time I send a check in, another bill/invoice shows up, with another charge or cost.
No, I'm not going to quit. Not going to shut down. Yes, I'm really bad at business, they don't make a kit for it, and of course, there's no instructions...
So, with my cents of humor intact, or lack thereof, I am moving forward as bestest as I can.
Will we get caught up?
Yes, of course!
Am I better? Well, yes, kinda, sort of, maybe... I still am in bed a lot, but at least I can walk, move, and yes, I have travelled already. Is it fixed? Yes and no. The debilitating (i think I messed that word up) part is gone, where any movement would send me to my knees, the floor, or worse, look for a towel (if you know what I mean) and Kelly and I have started walking again. But, it's best to describe, if you remember the old days, the pre-2009 days, I would still have to lay down at shows, or just fall apart, but I do feel stronger. And with time, I know it will get better. It's only been six months since the surgery, and the doctors can't believe the difference, but heh, they see me for 15 minutes, not all day. So, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it.
I'm doing all the bookkeeping, accounting, banking, taxes, etc myself, learning as I go. Yes, I'm terrible on the phone, 93.25% of the time I don't answer. Not because I don't want to, I'm either laying down, out cold, or not by the computer. Most calls would be about subs, and if I don't have puter in front of me, I can't answer the question. And, still yet, when I hang up, two minutes later, I won't remember the call. Emails are best, you can text also, to that main 808 number, I do respond to texts, since I can see them and refer back to them.
I'm trying to get someone set up to do the customer service, but with no money to pay, that's really hard to do, right now.
Also trying to get other help, and it's moving along slowly.
As for the back issue catastrophe, all I can say is catastrophe aborted! The 2,000 pound pallet finally showed up this past week. Everything was intact, but I think there may be some boxes missing, since the pallet isn't the same one I remember packing up in Denver with John O. It will take a while to go through everything, when I can.
So, that's it for now.
#201 is on the cloud to the printer, we have the next three issues ready to go, just need to get more funding in place.
#201 should be printed and mailed within the next week, and I'll get all the biz side of that issue going to get the monies back in, hopefully.
Thanks for your patience, support, words of encouragement, and being part of this ohana we started over 17 years ago, if not longer.
Mahalo nui loa
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