I'm posting the follow response here as well seeing since comments have been on my original posts...
I don't usually make a habit of responding to posts that seem to go pear-shaped because someone doesn't like or agree with what you're doing. Typically I ignore comments like those that have been made above, but I felt that the original post has gotten so off topic that I had to wade in to the discussion.
Since "JohnWilliams" original comment on the thread, I've; a) not had time to drop by the forum, and, b) chose to ignore his comments. Well, imagine my surprise, and dismay, to find five additional 'snarky' comments added to the thread since I last logged on. Perhaps I'm at fault here for not responding sooner, or clearing up any misunderstandings, or maybe I wasn't precise enough in my explanation of what we're trying to achieve with "Chromakey". I don't know. But I will say I'm a tad bit slighted by the comments that have been made.
Anyway, to clear a few misconceptions I think several of you seem to have...
First off, let me explain that "Chromakey" is neither a fanzine nor a professional large scale magazine like a "TV Zone, People, Us, Starburst, Vogue, GQ, Doctor Who Magazine" etc. The intention behind the magazine was to do a modern day version of "Timescreen, The Frame" and "Action TV" - I realize some of you may not be old enough to get the references to these magazines. (I loved those magazines and miss them and my intention with "Chromakey" was pay tribute to those classic mags.)
I didn't want people to think this was a fanzine but rather something more in between the two types of magazines (i.e. amateur and professional). The type of magazine I have in my mind and that I'm aiming for is something a little more professionally produced and run - something along the lines of a literary journal - or aspire to.
Second, I've done the fanzine route - years of begging, and cajoling, people to write articles on their favourite TV show or topic and those contributors not getting anything for their hard work and time other than seeing their name in print (e.g. Whotopia, The Doctor Who Project, Jigsaw, Tellyvision, etc). Yes, I fully realized that the rates we were offering were not anywhere near professional rates. They weren't ever meant to be. Neither were the rates being offered meant to be an insult. (I'm sorry if people felt that way.) My intention was to at least to offer contributors something as a small thank you for contributing other than just a free copy of the published issue.
Yes, I would love to be able to pay a writer, or artist, hundreds of dollars for a 3500 word piece, or for their art. The reality of the situation is we're starting off small and building up from the bottom. I don't have a multi-million dollar budget to work with. One has to start at the bottom and work their way up. You just can't waltz in and say, "yeah, I'll pay you $1000 for 1000 words." I don't know of any start-ups that are able to do that.
I'm not trying to be cheap. I'm not trying to rip-off contributors. I'm not trying to screw anyone around. Rather, I think you'd find I am one of the most honest, down-to-earth persons you'd meet. But as I said above, my intention was to at least offer contributors something as a small thank you for contributing other than just a free copy of the published issue.
Finally, I do want to say, that if someone wants to contribute to the first issue, I'd be more than happy to consider their article. If not, well, that's really their choice. I'm not here to beg people. The invitation was made.
I hope by the way of the above explanation has gone some way to clear up any misunderstanding or miscommunication. And if anyone has any further questions, would like additional information, or would like me to clarify things further, I'm more than happy to answer those questions. Feel free to post them here, or PM me.