I’m trying to get Sybil’s Garage completed in time for Readercon, just about seventeen days from now. So far I’ve laid out the text and included minimal artwork and call-outs. I still have the marginalia to add, as well the cover to design. The latter of which I expect to take a few days by itself because the cover has to be spectacular. I don’t think a cover makes a book but it can certainly break one. All of this is a lot of work for sure, but it’s also a lot of fun. But, time is ticking!
I’ve decided for this issue to go with a 6×9 inch trim size, which means it will look more like a trade paperback than a ‘zine. And this change makes me wonder if the issue will be considered an anthology or a magazine? A magazine comes out regularly, usually has advertisements, and is often printed on thin/cheap paper. An anthology comes out less often (but still can be serial), has few or no advertisements, and is printed on quality, acid-free paper. (There are other differences to be sure, but these are the major ones.)
So what is Sybil’s? We come out semi-regularly, have advertisements, and have always printed on quality 60-lb paper. However, this time I’ll also be using an ISBN bar code instead of an ISSN (magazine/serial) one. And of course the trim-size change. This will facilitate getting Sybil’s onto Amazon.com and into the Ingram book distribution database.
So what is Sybil’s Garage? A magazine, or an anthology? Does it matter? For awards, I think it does, but should I even be thinking of that?