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From the Editor

Things have changed in the publishing industry. What use to happen was that your printer gave you a day on which you were to supply your files. Then, when you ran a day late, he went down to the prepress department, everyone had a whinge about how you couldn't meet a deadline to save your life, and then he told you that if you were extremely lucky they would work all hours of the day and night to make up the day's delay and your magazine would still be delivered to the distribution company on time. And they always made up the day.

Now what happens is you load the print order two weeks before the deadline.

A computer system sends you a message to confirm and gives you a link for the file uploads. It expects you to load the files on the day you agreed. If you don't, it doesn't call you. It maintains a steely silence and then refuses to accept the files if you attempt to load them later. Then, when you do get permission to load the (late) files, the system warns you that due to your brazen disregard of the deadline, your magazine may or may not be printed in the next week... which means it may or may not go on sale on its due date. Well, those aren't the exact words but that's the gist of it.

What this means, of course, is that you can't miss a deadline. So here I am, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, finishing this issue. In defence of the lapsed deadline - or strictly speaking, the deadline we will in fact meet after a very late night - we've had floods, severe storms, power outages (Christine had five days with no power at all) and intermittent internet for the past two weeks. Excuses, excuses, except it's hard to work on a computer when you don't have any power. But I think you'll agree that everything has come up roses in the end. The only section we weren't able to include was What's it Worth, so we've saved the letters up for a bumper section in the Winter magazine and instead you can browse your way through a whopping ten pages of gear for sale in Paraphernalia.

The other thing we've been working on is the upcoming Carter Sisters Handbook & Price Guide, which will be well on its way to completion by the time you're reading this column. Assuming there are no natural disasters. When we were thinking about producing the new book, it seemed like a really good idea to expand some of the sections, so we decided to add on an extra 60 pages for the 2020/22 edition. What we didn't really think about was how much time it would take to actually create those extra 60 pages! But in our quest to produce the best Price Guide ever, we've stuck to our guns and if you'd like to read more about the behind the scenes activity required to put together such a book, have a look at the flyer in with this magazine. All I can say is - the finished product will definitely be worth it!

Julie Carter
Editor, Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit