You may have noticed that we do not carry many ads, either in the magazine or on our website.
Have you wondered about that?
The answer is that publications and websites that are filled with ads, always in your face, are annoying and detract from the value of the content. And as much as ad revenue keeps things going, we do not like the massive in-your-face advertising we see everywhere.
Books & Pieces Magazine is about content. Sure, we need ad revenue since the magazine is free to read, but not at the expense of turning off readers.
We generally invite authors to be interviewed. You may have noticed we’ve had some stellar authors. We don’t charge them when we invite them. However, if we are approached by authors, agents and publicists, we do evaluate the benefit of the interview. In these cases, we do charge for the interview. A lot of time and effort goes into cultivating questions that have not been over asked, researching the most interesting aspect of the author on which to focus. You’ll notice that we try to avoid box-like layouts and offer imagery that is presented nicely, and not usually images you’ve seen everywhere else.
We are interested in value. So while we charge for these interviews, we also include an ad, which we often design at no added cost, and work very hard to amplify the exposure of the author. This includes the interview presented on our website as a stand-alone post, in addition to the publication, and even a sidebar ad for a book.
Why am I telling you all this?
Books & Pieces Magazine is a quality publication that stands apart from other ‘writing’ magazines. We do not wish to charge readers for each issue (unless they want a print copy which we do offer from Amazon), and we do not wish to barrage you with ads and ad banners and pop-up ads, and all the other annoying things we have to endure to read anything online these days. We do our best. And so we charge for interviews, and articles, and hope that authors and publicists understand the necessity of it, as well as the positive side of doing so by the value-added benefits.