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You are invited to become a Direct Funding Supporter of our Work and receive cool rewards in return. Join the DFSW Club via Patreon and see who else has already joined, here.

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NOTE: We have stopped taking subscriptions via PayPal because PayPal offers no subscriber-management tools. If you already subscribed via PayPal, we will still honour the rewards promised.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

CONTACT will not be printed next year – find out why, here.

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Q&A’s….

Question: Will I get my money back if you decide not to print CONTACT?

Answer: No. The money raised is being used to advance CONTACT survival plans.

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Question: So, if you decide not to print, isn’t that like theft or gambling?

Answer: I asked you to invest in the dream of getting CONTACT back into print. I was confident that printing would deliver enough revenue to ensure CONTACT’s future viability. That grand plan depended on recruiting about 1000 subscribers up front.
I figured that if we did this together, as a community, we could achieve anything (at least that’s what all the bullshit American pep-talkers I binge listened to said 😉 ).
The print idea is looking increasingly unlikely. But I am still planning, plotting and deciding on CONTACT’s future – and using the ‘investments’ made thus far to support that process.

Question: You printed CONTACT in the past, but had to stop. What was so different this time?

Answer: There were two main reasons I was confident it would work better this time.
First, the audience is much bigger. In the old days, I had a day job and spent all my ‘spare’ time putting CONTACT together. We didn’t advertise CONTACT (much). We simply put it in newsagents and hoped that interested individuals would find it and like it and buy it. It was a total gamble.
Today, with a daily web site (more than 50,000 unique visitors a month), fortnightly newsletter (11,000-ish emails), plus Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube etc etc, I can connect strongly and often with a ready-made audience and could easily ‘advertise’ that we have a paper mag for sale.
The second reason was that, through my ‘grand plan’, the printing would be paid for in advance through subscriptions and other support from CONTACT fans. That way, I wouldn’t have to get a day job, could spend that much more time promoting and developing CONTACT and wouldn’t have to gamble my own money on a hope and a prayer.

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Question: When will the first printed magazine be printed and delivered?

Answer: I initially set 10 January next year as the deadline to reach the funding goal I needed to proceed with printing.
If, on 10 January, we had reached or exceeded the funding goal, I would announce that printing would go ahead.
As mentioned above, there is no definite decision and no announcement yet, but with the target looking more and more unachievable….

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Question: What happens if you don’t reach your funding goal by 10 January?

Answer: If we are a long way off target and there’s no indication that we’ll get there in a reasonable timeframe, I may pull the pin on the whole printing idea – and make that announcement.
Without the printing plan, however, CONTACT’s future needs to be decided – do I shut up shop and walk away (issue 60 and 15 years is a good milestone to do that, I think) – or do I struggle on, looking for a new grand plan to make CONTACT viable.
You are free to cancel your subscription and cut your losses at any time. But if you do decide to continue supporting CONTACT, that could easily sway me towards sticking around too.

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If there are any more questions or doubtful points, please let me know and I will answer them here.

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Brian Hartigan

Managing Editor Contact Publishing Pty Ltd PO Box 3091 Minnamurra NSW 2533 AUSTRALIA

One thought on “Subscribe to CONTACT

  • 18/11/2018 at 4:02 pm
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    Good on ya Brian, fingers crossed brother for return to print

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