Western Fiction Magazine – Survey

I’ve been asked about starting a western fiction magazine. Frankly, I’ve a lot on my plate these days and the thought of adding something like that to it isn’t particularly appealing. However, my love for western fiction and the genre keeps the option open.
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I’m exploring doing it, but only if I can find enough qualified writers to supplement the magazine with quality stories. I can’t do them all myself. I’d certainly contribute, but doing all the writing just would not work.

The magazine will have to sustain itself. I’ll not go much out-of-pocket on the project, so it will have to be sustained by subscriptions and advertisements, otherwise, it will not work.

There really isn’t anything out there, today. The last true western fiction magazine, Far West, folded back in the 70′s, and since then, there hasn’t been anything around to take its place. Part of the problem is that there is a relatively small market for western fiction, and print media is so expensive. However, there are enough western fiction fans out there, that it is a viable operation as an electronic magazine.

I’ve put out some feelers, asking folks who visit the here as to what their feelings are, and whether they’d be willing to subscribe. Time will tell. Keep looking in here to see the way the wind blows. I’ve been getting a lot of responses, but it is still too early to tell.

UPDATE: In one week, everyone who takes my survey will get an additional western fiction novel free. It’s in pdf format and if you’re a registered member of my list, you’ll get a notice in your email box as to where to go to get the free novel.
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If you’ve an interest, let me know by taking my short survey below. I’ll send it to you. Thanks.



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4 Responses to “Western Fiction Magazine – Survey”

  1. Fred says:

    I signed up for the survey, but instead got a free sample of western fiction.
    I’ll go ahead and give you my opinions, anyway.
    I think there is an audience out there for western fiction. Good stories never go out of style. There is a lot of good material available in the public domain that could also be included in a western magazine.
    “Build it and they will come.”- attributed to some random Iowa farmer.

  2. Connie says:

    There is a real need for western fiction. There a several magqazines that feature non-fiction. A new magazine could have it all some true some action some paranormal and so have a vararity of readers. A recent survay indicated that the american cowboy was as much a symbol of America as the Stature of Liberty.There is stillso much to be told.

  3. admin says:

    So tell us what you’ve written, and post a url to your story

  4. Cathy says:

    I am both a writer and reader of western fiction, and I think a western fiction print magazine would be wonderful. I would not be interested in either contributing to or reading an “electronic magazine.” Fiction is something people read for entertainment, to relax, and to keep themselves amused in the waiting room at the dentist office. When I want to relax with a story, I don’t want to have to sit in front of a computer, put batteries into my “magazine” or “book,” or find the closest plug-in at the coffee shop. I simply want to pull that magazine out of my purse and read. Most of us read fiction to escape from reality for a few minutes. Western fiction offers us not only the opportunity to escape reality, but to slip back into a simpler time and enjoy the life of a cowboy, a ranch owner, a wagon master, etc. It’s just a little bit difficult to get into that place when we have to plug our magazine in to the nearest outlet.

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