Despite recently being the latest genre magazine to go under, there's still some life ahead for you Realms of Fantasy subscribers. Ian from SFScope.com reports that publisher Warren Lapine and Tir Na Nog Press have just acquired the magazine and plan to begin redistribution as early as May with a lot of the same editorial staff.
Publisher Warren Lapine feels it's much more important to get things running quickly—since the deal just happened—rather than spend more time behind the scenes.
Lapine said, "This is a win-win for everyone. I think Sovereign Media is really happy to be able to leave the magazine to the field, and I'm really happy to keep such an important magazine publishing."
He continued, "I could see the field was saddened by its passing, and when I called to make a pitch, Sovereign was happy because they didn't want to close the magazine. They really like it, but it wasn't turning a large enough profit for them. Nevertheless, they're very happy the magazine will continue publishing."
Lapine is not anticipating any changes that will be visible to the public. Realms will continue paying authors the same rates, on acceptance, and leave the editors in place. He hopes to have his first issue out in May. "Our plan is to miss only one issue. The next on the schedule would have been 15 March, and for obvious reasons, that's not going to happen."
There is already an inventory of stories that are being transferred in the deal, so filling the next issue won't be a rush job.
Editor Shawna McCarthy told SFScope, "I'm thrilled and delighted and looking forward to working with Warren. It's a ray of good news in an otherwise gloomy world. I'm really very happy with the deal." She's not sure if they'll be able to get the May issue out; a lot will depend on what's in inventory and has artwork, because it's a pretty short deadline, but she said "we'll see; we'll do our best."
Following up on Lapine's earlier announcement of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, the new purchase means he will not be launching a new magazine right now. Instead, subscribers to the former DNA magazines will have their subscriptions continued with Realms.