Posted by Krissie McMakin on Jan 3, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 2 comments
2013 is upon us! At Apex, we are ready and excited to face this brand new year with a fresh and positive outlook. We have many new promising and fun ideas for this new year. But before we look ahead, I wanted to look back at the exciting year we had in 2012. It is hard to reflect on just how Apex’s growth can be measured… but I’ll sure try!
The Hugo Award nomination
Apex Magazine and its editors (Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente, and Jason Sizemore) had the honor of being nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. The Hugos are known as the most prestigious award for science fiction since 1955. Being considered for the award alone was a humbling and great award for us. Apex Magazine editor-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas won a Hugo for her podcast SF Squeecast. You can learn more about the Hugo Awards here.
Apex Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore was an official guest of honor at Scarefest. Not familiar with Scarefest? It’s only one of largest horror and paranormal conventions in the United States. Jason hosted a seminar on writing horror and breaking into the horror markets that was attended by over 30 people. You can learn more about Scarefest here.
We are very proud to be able to have such a wide selection of recently published books available in a wide array of choices to read. In 2012, we released six new titles.
*Seasons of Insanity, a horror collection by Gill Ainsworth & Frank W. Haubold
*Dark Faith: Invocations, a dark fantasy and horror anthology edited by Maurice Broaddus & Jerry Gordon
*The Apex Book of World SF 2, an anthology of international spec fic edited by Lavie Tidhar
*The Book of Apex: Volume 3 of Apex Magazine, an anthology edited by Catherynne M. Valente
*Machine, the debut novel from Jennifer Pelland
*Disintegration Visions, a collection of dark fantasy, horror, and SF by J.M. McDermott
Twelve issues of Apex Magazine
Our hard work with the twelve issues of our magazine for 2012 was realized by doubling our subscriber base and seeing our digital circulation increase by 5000. Also, there was that Hugo Award nomination. Our editors and authors work tirelessly to make sure that each issue is chock-full of interesting material, both fiction and non-fiction, in our triple genre specialty.
Our new website
After much work and taking the consideration of our readers into mind, we are happy to debut that launch of our new website and blog! We hope you’ve had a chance to check out our website already and if not, please do! Apex Magazine also got a facelift.
Minions in Uniform program
Although we publish serious books, our publisher and editors like to have some fun with the business. Thus the creation of the “Minions in Uniform” program. Apex is so pleased to be able to have a great support staff, with happy, smiling minions from all over the country. Don’t believe us? See for yourself!
World Fantasy Award
Apex author/editor Lavie Tidhar won a World Fantasy Award for his groundbreaking novel Osama.
British Fantasy Award
Lavie also won a British Fantasy Award for Best Novella: Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God. Congratulations to Lavie for both his award victories!
Chesley Award Nomination
Carly B. Sorge earned a Chesley Award nomination for her cover art that graced issue 28 of Apex Magazine in the category of Best Cover Illustration — Magazine Art!
New (and old) Team Members
Apex promoted Janet Harriett to the senior editor position with the company (with her primary job duty being the difficult task of keeping the publisher from making big mistakes). Sarah E. Olson is now our web mistress and resident beer expert. Lesley Conner is our marketing editor and social media goddess.
I, Krissie McMakin, became the blog master. All heed to my authority.
We also received critical assists from Gill Ainsworth, Deanna Knippling, Michael Damian Thomas, Sarah Peduzzi, McKenzie Johnston, and Maggie Slater throughout the year (though Maggie and Gill have been around for many years).
Big Media Attention
Apex publisher Jason Sizemore was featured in the Wall Street Journal. The Apex Book of World SF 2 received attention from both BoingBoing and Wired Magazine. Several of our books and short stories earned special attention from IO9.com. Rue Morgue magazine published an article about Dark Faith: Invocations.
The Apex Book of World SF 2 earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Machine received high praise in Locus Magazine and Publisher’s Weekly. Fangoria gave Dark Faith: Invocations its mark of approval. The B&N Bookclub called Machine “brilliant.”
As always, we thank our loyal followers and Apex fans for continuing to appreciate the content and material we provide as well as the authors that we highlight.
We know that you love science-fiction, fantasy and horror as much as we do and it’s our continued goal in 2013 to keep bringing you what you love. Let’s have a wonderful 2013 together!