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Feedback for the Queens (or, what a difference Neil Gaiman makes)

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I've got some subscription renewals to fill, but other than that, most everyone who is supposed to receive the "Goblin Delirium" issue of Mythic Delirium either has it or will get it soon.

So, because this was an experiment, the first time I've ever let someone else have the reigns, I'd love to know how we did. The Goblin Queens, Amal (tithenai and Jess mer_moon), I'm sure, would love to know too. After all, they got to step in at the helm of a decade-plus-old journal that published something new from Neil Gaiman just two issues ago.

And, a few more words about that. My 10th anniversary issue got a ton of reviews (for a poetry publication, that is) and some generally gentle and good-natured ribbing about the amount of effort I put into promo-ing Neil's presence.

But, if you want to see a stark illustration of the difference Neil made, consider the issue that followed, "The Trickster Issue." This too was an experiment: deliberately interactive poems by Catherynne M. Valente, Theodora Goss, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Anna Tambour, Deborah P Kolodji, Jessica Wick, Jeannine Hall Gailey and many others; editorial input from Amal; Anita and I assembling the poems the same way we assemble the consistently starred-reviewed Clockwork Phoenix books; more art in a single issue than we've had since the DNA Publications days.

I got a smattering of direct feedback from readers telling me that this was Mythic Delirium's best issue ever. (And I was pleased to get it!) But what got said publicly? Well: nothing. Nada, zip, zilch.

Hey, if my interest in putting out Mythic Delirium depended on public feedback, I'd have stopped long ago. Subscription renewals are feedback enough.

But, it is probably worth noting that before Mythic Delirium published Neil (and I'm sure proud of that!) we also published Sonya Taaffe (her first poetry publication in Issue 5, then one or more in every issue after), Catherynne Valente (twice, now thrice), Jane Yolen (twice), Joe Haldeman (twice), and Ursula K. Le Guin (thrice!), and poems from our pages by Theodora Goss, F.J. Bergmann and Amal El-Mohtar went on to win Rhysling Awards; and after we published Neil, well, we let Amal and Jess be our first ever guest editors.

So. If you're inclined to let us know what you think, we'd sure appreciate it.


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