by Mike Des Chenes
I'm glad to see that a few of our subscribers are taking the time to send us some nice articles and programs. They are always welcome. It takes a lot of the workload off of Lee, Charlie, and myself. What between the layouts, typesetting, advertising, artwork, billing, updating our mailings, and correspondence, we spend many a long night reviewing software and writing articles. So please, even if you feel that your program or bit of information may not be spectacular, send it to us anyway. Who knows, maybe you'll be helping someone out there who's having a problem with a particular program. You'll even get a check if we decide to publish your submission. Most publications don't print how much they pay for reader contributed articles and programs, but I'll let the cat out of the bag in our case. A.N.A.L.O.G. pays $30.00 per printed page for text articles, and anywhere from $50.00 and up for feature programs depending on the length and complexity.
You won't see A.N.A.L.O.G. expanding its pages to cover other systems or adding more advertisers without adding more pages to offset the difference. As you may already have noticed, we have enlarged our publication two times and this is only our fourth issue! I'll admit that we've been late with every issue so far, but the contents of our (your) magazine are more important to us than the time of mailing. Who knows, maybe we'll surprise you and have an issue come out a month after another. Remember, A.N.A.L.O.G. is somewhere between a users' newsletter and your usual computer magazine. As I mentioned in my last editorial, we are not a literary magazine. A personal level with response, feedback and participation from our readers is what we are aiming for.
It would be a lot easier to publish a computer magazine that covers a wide range of systems, but we want to cover what we feel is the best system. We were afraid that this would greatly limit the amount of information that could be published. However, it seems that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what the Atari is capable of. It seems that not a day goes by without one of our readers calling us with a new discovery. So please, put it down in writing and send us the information so that we can share it with our fellow Atarites. I realize that most of you are new to the computer world and look towards us for help, but there are a lot of talented people out there who can give the beginners a hand. And let's not forget the contest that we have for the best article, program or tutorial.
OK, now that you're ready to send us that program, or share a little of your talent with us, I'll explain how easy it is to submit it to us. If possible, send a program on disk, if not a cassette will be fine. If you're using a cassette CSAVE one side and LIST"C the other. If you want your program returned to you, include a self addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage. All articles should be typed in upper and lower case with double spacing. If you're good at printing and can't get a hold of a typewriter then that's OK. Include your phone number in case we have some questions concerning the submission. Anyone submitting a program would also include an introduction and/or explanation of what's being done. If you would like we will send you a non- disclosure statement before you submit your program. Don't worry, if we decide not to use your program no one else will see it. We have spent a great deal of time trying to track down the big Atari pirates. Also, don't be disappointed if we accept your submission but don't use it in the next issue. If we're lucky we may have that issue already completed.
See how simple it is. Of the forty thousand plus Ataris out there, we should have a good thing going in our future issues. We are depending on you. Who knows, maybe I'll have time to watch the late movie some night.
I wanted to get on the subject of pirating again but I got carried away. You will be reading more on this subject in our next issue. However, I would just like to mention that A.N.A.L.O.G. is doing its part in trying to prevent this widespread hobby. It seems that the pirating of Atari software is surpassing every other system. As far as we can tell, much of this is coming from the New York, Long Island area. And with companies selling programs that are made only for copying, it is going to be a long and hard battle. There are even dealers who specialize in selling pirated software. When we track down these pirates and get proof of their dealings, A.N.A.L.O.G. will publish the information along with the name of the persons or company. I know of many exciting programs that are sitting on shelves, delayed for release, because of the amount of pirating in the Atari circle. Please let us know if you have any dealings with these people who offer or sell pirated software, and maybe we'll see more software being released.