|IN is exploding bigtime internationally.|
My goodness! It's actually already time to do a little horn blowin'! Hopefully it'll be a flugle, not a bugle.
Off the top, and what's impressed me the most, maybe because of my background in print, is the immediate and steady response IN has received. Another "paper" I helped start spent almost two years in relative obscurity, toughing it out on the streets in racks.
Not IN, at least if that little ol' search engine that's good called Google is any judge. After only our first two issues, they have us pegged in the top ten (or first page) out of literally hundreds of thousands of online writing rags. I've been told again and again that this is pretty rare, and not just a little surprising. Thrills the heck outta me, truth be known.
But beyond those more bureaucratic boundaries, I'm literally killing myself over the top-flight talent -- journalist, authors, writers and editors from realms I didn't know existed and the real players in the Internet world -- that have been attracted to, and stuck with, IN since its inception last November.
Each month we've striven to top ourselves and know in our hearts we're succeeding. The March edition, though, this one, marks for me the beginning, just a glimmer, though bright, of what IN will inevitably become. It's a killer issue. There, I said it.
Our cover girl, new novelist Lisa Lenard-Cook, has a story to tell that can apply to anyone's life when confronted with changing it. Along with it comes an IN exclusive -- an excerpt from her latest book, Coyote Morning.
Journalist Annie Grognowski is atop a mountain in Sri Lanka, after surviving and then witnessing the aftermath of the tsunami. I'd hold her riveting, heart-wrenching first-hand report (another IN exclusive) up against anyone's, and she has some pretty strong ideas about her job to boot.
Art historian, author and editor Erika-Marie S. Geiss relates her fatal flaw in getting ripped off rather royally by Net thieves, but with good nature and a sense of humour.
Novelist Anne Allen, another exclusive, presents the first chapter of her latest saucy saga, The Best Revenge: An Historical Novel Of The 1980s and Diego X. Jesus takes a strip off Hunter S. Thompson (was he really a doctor of anything?) post mortem.
So there's no use going on about how elated I, we -- Rhodes, Wilson, Jesus, London, Small and Christie -- are. We also feel blessed, because all the fuss has been the result of nothing but us and our expanding network of contacts and contributors doing what we're doing. Or doing what we do>.
In terms of the Writer's Life how-to pieces, well, we can't be beat. We've revolutionized the genre already. We've made each how-to ultra-informative and an inspiring read. And the numbers are very, very good.
Nope, this ain't smoke and mirrors, folks. It's good, honest hard work and a unique combination of talent(s) that make it happen, just like anything else of excellence in the world. The best thing is, the readers are welcome to prove it. The good (the best?) thing about online is you can be virtually interactive with a venue like IN>. People should be writing/contributing to us with abandon.
It'll happen more and more, we're convinced.
Inkwell Newswatch (IN)