Pardon the mess; Getting ready for pre-orders.

Pardon the mess, folks. There will be some intermittent issues at bullspec.com and www.bullspec.com — and potentially the e-mails @bullspec.com — while we roll over some DNS records in preparation for opening a simple site to start accepting pre-orders for the print issue. We’ve found our printing partner and finalized our first-run costs ($3/copy: 64 lovely full-size glossy pages, pull-out-able serialized graphic novel in full color in the middle if we can close on that in time), and are now working to finalize our payment processing partners. We do know the “price” for the first issue will be “$3 + $postage + $?” (no stinking “handling”) where the “$?” is up to you — yes, $0 is more than awesome. YES: $0 is more than awesome! We’ll have a nice list of content for the first issue put together “real soon now” as well, but one thing that won’t be in there: a single paid advertisement. (If you see something that looks like an ad; it’s more a ‘flyer’ to somebody we want to thank or something we’ve heard about that we just plain like. Maybe everyone else in the world thinks these are “ads;” fair enough.)

While we don’t know a couple of things (still working on that cover art decision and a few last sections of content), a bit more info on the preorder process, particularly our refund policy:

  • Before we go to press (mid January): up to and including full refunds (cost plus postage plus gratuity) with no questions asked. (Just please don’t preorder with the intention of doing this, OK? Thanks. If it’s a change in financial situation we’d ask, if possible, to only refund the gratuity portion, if any, as the main purpose of the preorder is to get the right size for the first printing. But we will respect your decision in this area.)
  • After we go to press: Please, no refund requests unless you don’t receive the magazine by the end of February. (The first go at labeling and shipping might be slow.)
  • After you receive the magazine: If you hate it; let’s talk about it and work out a refund and the passing on of your copy (local library donation, return, etc.) (And again, just please don’t order with the intention of doing this. All else? We’ll be cool.)

For bookstores and other shops crazy enough to jump aboard this early: talk to us! We have a few ideas for how we’d prefer to work with you but would be thrilled to hear about anything you’d have in mind. Particularly if you’re local we can be very, very flexible on how we handle stocking and returns. And if you’re willing to offer the ‘zine for our “$3+$?” “cover price” — we’ll practically bend over backwards to make it work.

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