Issue Three has this afternoon been sent to the printers so I thought I’d bring people up to speed with what’s happening.
It’s another fine issue. Perhaps I’m bound to say that but I genuinely feared we might run out of steam but so far things are going fantastically. I couldn’t be any happier with the articles being submitted, the interviews are going brilliantly whilst on the pitch…well, meh.Two out of three’s fine with me!
We’ve taken on a number of new writers as well which bodes very well for the future of Black & White. Click Read More for the full contents of the latest release.
The full contents for issue three are as follows:
Part two of the season so far.
Helen Faccio takes a look at the club’s 150th year celebrations.
There’s an evaluation of what Keith Curle needs to do next from Andrew Dennis.
The first of two interviews is with Gary Liddle, courtesy of Paul Smith.
Alan Combes makes his debut with pieces about the notorious Notts Mad messageboard, and even more notorious Munto Finance debacle.
Ian Marsden makes his case as for why Lee Hughes should be considered a Notts County legend – just in case anyone was in doubt.
Our second interview is with the recently retired Rob Burch – and it’s perhaps more eye-opening than you might expect!
I myself have a laugh at the expense of Preston North End manager Graham Westley – because really, why not?
Whilst Jacob Daniel covers the recent Lee Hughes dramas, I spoke about the problems Keith Curle has had of late.
Richard Ogando goes back to the 80s with Star Soccer.
The latest Away Days piece comes courtesy of Paul Smith at the recent Colchester United game.
There are reasons that we need to be patience with the current coaching setup according to Luke Williamson.
Dan Westwell goes through his archives to share his best Notts work.
We go French with Graham Farquharson‘s experience of Ligue 1 football.
The story of Notts’ FA Cup winner Jimmy Logan is told via Dave Fells.
Which brings me to my other piece of business – next season.
Things have gone well enough so far after just two issues alone that we know Black & White is a long term project, so we’ve started planning for the future. From the beginning of the 2012/13 season, it appears we’ll be going monthly. We’ve had enough people already come forward offering to write articles and the standard is very high – but whilst we’re only releasing every two months there’s a sense that we’re maybe losing momentum in the downtime.
Going monthly (we’ll continue to use the current season as our guinea pig) means we’ll be able to get more content out from more writers with more regularity. It’ll still be priced at £1, but we’ll be scrapping subscriptions for the simple fact that we’re losing money on them, which is why we earlier this month took them down. For the remainder of the season, we have 97 paid up subscribers onboard – the majority of whom signed up before we’d even released the first issue which is pretty phenomenal and I thank everyone for their support so far.
We will continue to offer upcoming issues for pre-order on our Big Cartel website (issue 3 is available as we speak) in future so people will still be guaranteed copies if they can’t make it to a game. Of course as is the case now there will be the appropriate postage fee on top.
And we’re always on the lookout for new people to come forward to contribute articles as well so make yourself known if there’s a topic you want to cover for Black & White. I’ve not actually turned anyone away yet so give it a go!
Issue three will be landing with subscribers next week, issue two has completely sold out as has issue one – but that is still online for you to read as well if you want a taster of what it is we’re producing, check that here.
Thanks for reading!