If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read at least one issue of Apex Magazine at some point in your life. A random pickup in the magazine section of a bookstore, borrowed from an SFF-loving friend… And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably also enjoyed what you’ve read in the magazine, too.
Which is why I’m thrilled to be a part of promoting Apex’s “Operation: Fourth Story.” Allow Lesley Conner, the marketing leader for Apex, to talk a little bit about the idea behind it.
Every month we’re gaining new subscribers and our web readership is at record levels. On top of that, we are receiving more submissions now than ever before. With that in mind, we’re getting ready to launch Operation Fourth Story, with the goal of getting enough new subscribers to add a fourth original short story to every issue of Apex Magazine. We want to continue to build our readership and be able to publish more of the amazing stories that are submitted to us every month.
Coming out on the first Tuesday of every month, Apex Magazine strives to bring its readers science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that blend genre and are full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Each issue contains two or three original short stories, a reprint, a nonfiction article, and an interview with one of our authors. In the past, we have published such authors as Catherynne M. Valente, Kat Howard, Lavie Tidhar, Ken Liu, and Mary Robinette Kowal, plus many more.
During Operation Fourth Story, which will run from April 3rd to April 17th, subscribers will be able to get a 12-month subscription for only $17.95 direct from Apex or through Weightless books. We’ll also be offering a free Apex eBook to anyone who subscribes through Amazon, Weightless, or direct through Apex, and, if we reach our goal of 250 new subscribers, will randomly select one person to win a Kindle Paperwhite.
The regular price for a yearly subscription is $19.95, so a saving of $2 may not seem like a heck of a lot on the surface. But consider that the price per issue, if you bought each issue on its own, is $2.99. The new limited time price means you’re getting each issue for $1.49. So, half price. And the increased subscriptions will mean that Operation: Fourth Story suceeds, and the magazine will provide even more awesome content!
I don’t know about you, but I’m now a subscriber!
So how else am I going to do my part for Operation: Fourth Story? Well, tomorrow I’ll be reviewing March’s issue of Apex Magazine, and on Friday I’ll be reviewing April’s, the most current issue, so that anyone who hasn’t taken a look at it before can get a taste for some of what the magazine has to offer.
So what are you waiting for? Head on down to the Apex Store and subscribe! (Keep in mind, it’ll say that the price is still $19.95, but it changes when you go to check out.)
(And before someone suggests it, I receive no kickbacks or anything of the sort if I get people to subscribe to Apex Magazine. I just think it’s a pretty good deal and I like the idea of Operation: Fourth Story.)