New Websites

It didn’t take long for whoever registered etherealgazette.com and lakefossilpress.com to get them up and running.  There’s an announcement on SL about the former.  All the talk on ETT about both made me curious.  They were both live when I checked this morning.

In case our favorite Italian meatball is reading this, no, I don’t own either one of those domains.  Whoever got them registered and hosted, however, should be prepared to receive death threats, and demands to turn them over for free to the Nickster, as well as pay for hosting for him, for the duration of the registration period.

Update on Goth

Mr. Pacione edited his entry on Goth to include a long update.

Update: the galley proof for the copyright page is done, and I used some photos I took when I was coming home from Gothicfest 2007 for them. The reason being I felt I was pressured to stay home from doing any new shoots.

Who would pressure Pacione to stay home?  Could it be that granny wants to keep an eye on him and keep him out of trouble?

. . . the inspiration for the picture of the semi truck came from watching a show called Trick My Truck. I would love to see someone take a semi and make it a really Gothic looking one much how they did with Grave Digger.

The cover of his latest Ethereal Gazette shows the cab of a semi.

I am taking one or two more stray stories and looking for real life weirdness here that is between 2400 to 3000 words send it to etherealgazette@gmail.com as a .doc attachment along with your real name or a name that sounds like a real name.

He’s still looking for submissions.  This time, however, people are allowed to use a fake name that merely sounds real.  What’s he doing printing up a proof copy when he’s still soliciting stories for it?

Issues Six and Seven

Remember this call for submissions on Goth at LJ?  Yesterday, Mr. Pacione cross-posted it on DeviantArt.  He didn’t fix any of the grammatical errors, but added this:

Some of you national writers wanting to be in issue six of the magazine — I am saving the national and international submissions for issue seven. Issue Six is the local author showcase issue. I am donating copies of this particular finished anthology to a few local schools and libraries in the area when I get done with it. Any artrists who are featured in DA would like to see their artwork showcased on the cover of this one let me know because I am waiting for the stories to get back to me before I proceed.

Presumably, a “national author” is one who doesn’t live in Chicagoland.  The implication regarding local authors, however, is that Chicagoland authors don’t have a national readership.

The other interesting thing is that Mr. Pacione is soliciting not only stories, but also cover art.  Does this mean his crayons broke?

Overall, the rest of the entry talks about a new anthology.  The added paragraph really refers to The Ethereal Gazette, but has no lead-in specifically stating so.   Is he beginning to confuse his projects with each other?

Worthless

I see that Pacione has finally made use of the WordPress account he’s had for some time. For that, I might be able to take credit.

“Every little thing I am going to say or do someone’s going to get pissed off about it.”

Not likely, but why would he intentionally piss off readers? It doesn’t work for Philbin, so why would it work for Pacione?

“I’ve seen magazines come and go, that’s the reality of this business.”

The Literary Bone folded pretty quickly. So, when does Ethereal Gazette fold? When he runs out of high school kids to bilk?

“I noticed that a few forums are going around saying Avoid Nickolaus Pacione and Lake Fossil Press like the plague and I am offering larger payouts too as a result of it.”

I suspect his words are not worth the electrons it takes to make them appear on the monitor at the other end, but he can type away all he wants.

“No matter how offensive it is people will get pissed off about it and I will be posting that interview that held the industry hostage too here too and in the result — there is someone out the claiming I am a monster, no I am not.”

He’s not a monster. He’s simply a filthy guy who thinks shampoo, soap, and toothpaste are for the pigeons. For evidence, just look at any of the pictures he’s posted of himself. He has two basic poses: the squatting one, and the 59″ tall one with his feet spread apart and fists clenched.

Gothicfest

According to the Google page Pacione has for his Ethereal Gazette, he claims he’ll pay $10 for nonfiction and “up to $25” for fiction, but if the author is overseas, or refuses to set up a PayPal account, payment will be in the form of an Acrobat file.

“PDF copies of the magazine are provided by donations via Paypal, since this is a one person show I wish I could pay more for stories but that is the best I can do guys plus oppertunities for book signings in the Chicago area if you live in Illinois.”

This makes no sense whatsoever. People are expected to donate to his PayPal account in order to receive a .pdf document? How are people who have no PayPal account supposed to pay into his account to get paid with an electronic file? I understand that earth logic doesn’t apply to Pacione, but I don’t understand where this special brand of logic would apply.

On the upside, Pacione’s no longer charging “reading fees.” If we were to assume he paid $25 for an 8000 word fiction piece, the payout is 0.3125 cents per word. For a 2000 word piece, it would pay 1.25 cents per word. Those are his maximum and minimum cited lengths.

“Fiction will be looking at $15 but authors who were in Tabloid Purposes get an additional amount of cash pending how much I have after conventions and everything. You must have a paypal account to get paid. International authors will get a .pdf copy of the magazine. The authors will get paid $15 for their short story (this is effective after October 2007.) There are no reading fees, and authors will retain the rights to the story after publication since this is published with lulu.com.”

Elsewhere on the page, $25 was mentioned, so this is contradictory. It also assumes that he’s going to make a profit at Gothicfest.

If his booth in 2005 cost him $300, I can’t see him profiting enough from sales to cover the rental. Assume for a moment that his mark-up is $2 a book over Lulu’s cost to print it, and the booth costs the same $300. He’d have to sell 151 copies of his books or magazines to net $2.

He can’t afford to pay Lulu upfront the money for those quantities
necessary to profit, even if people were to show up in droves to buy them.