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Survival Quarterly Magazine
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:04:15 PM »
Just received my copy of Survival Quarterly Magazine, and I'm still working my way through it.  Jack's article was excellent, and I had fun making some aluminum can lanterns with my five year old.  Overall the writing wasn't bad, I realize that some of the contributors are not professional writers, so beside some bad syntax, it reads fairly well. 

My only negative criticism is the cover.  I really like Jack's approach to preparedness, sort of low key, addressing the less sexy side of preparedness (you know, subtract the obvious guns, ammo and piles of MREs).  I respect Ron Hood, I realize that the man has forgotten more about survival than I'll probably ever know, but wow was that cover a turn off!  The average person picking that magazine up will look at it and immediately be turned off by the over macho van and guns.  It screams crazy gun-toting redneck militiaman (not that I think that is a negative really, but it would be nice to make it more appealing to a greater spectrum of people).  Would you rather preach to the choir, or draw in the interested passerby?   I realize that the mag is not Mother Earth News, but damn guys, tone it down a bit!

At least the gal on the cover is sporting a telephoto lens and not a .50 sniper rifle...

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 10:53:32 PM »
I've enjoyed my copy as well, what I've been able to peruse anyway.

The mag isn't being sold on stands, only by subscription IIRC.  So, the average person picking that magazine up is going to be someone who subscribes to it, or someone who has access to someone who does.

Even with that though, the first cover on the first addition needs to be something that says "CHECK ME OUT", & it certainly does that. ;)

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 11:21:50 PM »
Ouch!  Of all the things I designed in the mag, I was most proud of that cover.

But hell, at least you're honest.  Thank you for the criticism.  I guess.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 11:22:24 PM »
Oh, by the way, the "gal on the cover" is Karen Hood.  She's amazing.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2010, 11:26:28 PM »
LOL sorry guys, she types a hell of a lot faster than I do.

I was trying to get here and say ixnay on the overcay.

She beat me to it.

Truth is that I am proud of the cover. She put a lot of work into it.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2010, 11:43:07 PM »
pugbellies, I see that you are new here, why don't you go over to the intro thread here and tell us about your self.

We would like to hear about your interests etc.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2010, 11:51:08 AM »
Thanks Pugbellies.

We always welcome constructive criticism.

Let me alert you to a couple of things. The magazine contributors are and will be leaders or skilled in the fields they represent. Most are not professional writers and don't try to be. We want this to be a magazine that is written by folks just like the rest of us. In a coming issue we have articles by a professional homeless person who rides the rails but who knows more about that sort of survival than about anyone who lives that lifestyle. Our firearms adviser (not me) is a decorated veteran who is a VP of a major firearms manufacturer... highly skilled and full of info.. the martial arts guy has too many talents to enumerate and the list goes on. This is a magazine by citizens for citizens about citizen needs in citizen words. In short it is by us for us and we do very little by way of editing. We want the flavor of their words to match their speaking syntax. This isn't great American literature, it is great American information for a people who have good reason to be concerned.

We are also not PC. I have no intention of bleaching the content to fit some preconceived framework for a magazine. This is brand new... FWIW it will likely go through some modifications as the run continues.

As far as the cover goes, we have had nothing but positive reviews. Out of the first 1,000 we mailed, over 50 people wrote to tell us how striking the cover was and how well it fit the content. That cover says "Ron and Karen" (Meet the Hoods), "Video, survival, bug out, knives, guns, home, defense and offense and concealment" ... all topics we cover in videos (that Karen videos) and that we will cover in future issues. I am VERY proud of SW's efforts throughout the magazine.

Finally, This market is very well defined and was abandoned when American Survival Guide disappeared. That is a long story but it can be broken down into a few short sentences. It was built over years, had a huge subscriber base and good newsstand distribution. It was sold to a foreign national who gave it to his wife. She didn't like guns, they removed gun articles and covers, she didn't like knives, they were taken off the cover and out of the content. She didn't really like survival and prepping.... in a year the magazine went belly up. It's been gone for years now.

We are subscription only as it is the newsstand that is killing off print media. Greedy distributors, ignorant payment and stand sales policies and more. Part of American literature distribution that is collapsing due to greed...

The next issue will be different... more contributors and more info. I hope you learn to enjoy it.

Ron Hood


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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2010, 09:50:02 PM »
Okay, wow, I honestly didn't think anyone would read that post so...
Let me start by saying I am honored you took the time to respond, Mr. Hood.
Secondly, it is quite hypocritical to create nothing and flippantly criticize those who do or try.  It was not my intent to do so, I just felt I was giving honest criticism.  I understand that this is y'alls baby.  No one wants to hear anything slightly negative about their child.  Ron (if I may) and Sister Wolf, you both showed extreme gentility and civility in your responses.  Thank you.

I am thoroughly delighted with the magazine's contents.  I like the diversity of angles on survivalism and preparedness.  I look forward to the next edition.  I realize the mag is not for general distribution, my point is... I would like to be able to hand a copy to my neighbor or a co-worker, and not get "that look".  I hope you know what I mean. The pic was wonderful Sisterwolf, and I figured it must be the lovely Mrs. Hood, but I still stand by my belief that it is a little uber-macho, maybe better as an interior photo.  I love the idea of sparking an interest in preparedness in the uninitiated, so I hope my logic is apparent.

I understand Ron's comments on the editing and syntax.  The information will be better conveyed in the specialist's own words, instead of attempting to gentrify everything.  Also, editing is incredibly time consuming and laborious... it plays hell with publishing deadlines.  I'd rather the info be timely than gramatically perfect or artistic.  If I want to read pretty... I'll pick up a copy of the New Yorker next time.  I stand corrected.  Backpedal, backpedal, backpedal.

TW, you are correct.  I will take myself over to the intro thread for a proper introduction.

Once again folks, I appreciate the gentleness of your responses.  I hope you can appreciate my candor.  You have a great product here, and I wish you complete success (not just because I invested the money into the subscription), LOL.  I'm glad you are receiving rave reviews and if 50 people loved the choice of cover, well, that should validate your decision to go with it.  Don't let one fella's opinion put a hickup in your giddyup.  Best of luck, and I'll be anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Thanks, KP


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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 12:50:09 AM »
Hey pugbellies,

To correct the misconception I doubtless gave you, I did not take the photo on the cover.  I just designed the ... y'know... the whole cover.  I put it together.  The cover.  Not the whole magazine.  Susan (the art director) is the mastermind behind the gorgeous way that the mag came together, and I'm just the desperado under the eaves, staring into my empty coffee cup and hoping that California doesn't slide into the ocean, while I design one last thing, one last thing.  ;)

Also, please understand that yeah, we're a bit protective.  I'm betting you feel a bit naked by now, after sharing your opinion and having Mr. Hood respond personally.  :D  All I can say is... Welcome to the forum.  You've been appropriately hazed.  ;D

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 01:33:05 AM »
SW

"You've been appropriately hazed"... fair 'nuff. LOL.  Then I will always endeavor to give an honest constructive critique of your product.  As long as I'm not taken out naked and beaten with a switch.  Or California slides off into the deep blue, in which case, I'm a gonner as well.

All the best, KP

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 07:01:43 AM »
I don't mind the cover. Most people in the preparedness community like guns, gear, etc. I'm really excited to see this magazine come out and I am going to put my order in soon. Based on the index you can see online it looks as though there's some excellent articles there. I prefer reading a physical magazine than online articles so this is great.

Awesome work guys.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 08:46:18 AM »
Has there been any thought about publishing an e-version of the magazine? I'm not talking about a free version but rather an electronic version of the magazine that can either be downloaded or viewed through a website. I realize that costs are extremely high to get this new venture of the ground but you might save money by offering the magazine in this type of format. Here is an example of a magazine that is currently being published in this format.


http://fmgpublications.ipaperus.com/FMGPublications/AmericanHandgunner/AHMJ10/

Best of luck in the venture.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 09:37:49 AM »
Has there been any thought about publishing an e-version of the magazine? I'm not talking about a free version but rather an electronic version of the magazine that can either be downloaded or viewed through a website. I realize that costs are extremely high to get this new venture of the ground but you might save money by offering the magazine in this type of format. Here is an example of a magazine that is currently being published in this format.


http://fmgpublications.ipaperus.com/FMGPublications/AmericanHandgunner/AHMJ10/

Best of luck in the venture.

It'd end up in torrents and might hurt the bottom line. Then again, maybe you'd garner more business from the ebook / online reader crowd.

I'm sure someone much smarter than me has done the math on this, so I'll bow out at this point. ;)

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2010, 09:29:14 PM »
Great stuff folks!

Thanks for the comments! We have no idea how the next cover will look but I'd imagine a firearm and a knife and something a bit more placid. Number one had to shout out our position but now that we have folks attention we can move a bit more slowly. The next issue is not so much about us and how this got started but rather about the skills, urban, wilderness and other skills that folks need to know. We did our "US" issue and now we move on to the "You" issues.

The thrust of the next issue is "shelter" primitive, urban and otherwise. We have an honest to goodness "Bum" who wrote our first "Tales from the Rails" piece where he talks about living while hopping freights, we have a section on how to create a shelter if you find yourself homeless in an urban area, One of the leaders in outdoor survival is showing a "new" shelter design that will blow you away. We have an article on pressure cooking secret cameras and a pile more.Even more bad jokes ;) Jack once again graces us and of course we have a nice piece on barter....

It is a labor but when you have support from people like Sister and TW and Jack...  and a ton of friends in the industry it becomes something else.

Ron

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2010, 10:18:40 PM »
I want so much to subscribe, but just can't right now.  Will the back issues be available for a while?  I'd like to get a subscription in the next couple of months and would love to be able to get the back issues.  (or at least have the back issues available to subscribers via PDF if possible.  I like electronic because I carry so much stuff with me for downtime.)

I loved the cover, it really set the pace for the magazine. I could see it being a bit much for the uninitiated (Lots of people would pass it up on the store shelf not realizing what a benefit it could be, if it was on store shelves), but in the current venue it works very, very well.


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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2010, 11:39:53 AM »
I found it entertaining.  Excellent quality paper and printing. 

The content is lacking, IMHO and seems to me to be aimed at those who are living in a VERY rural environment already.  We live on a farm which although we are rural, the general theme of the first issue seemed to be aimed at those living even more basically than we do.  I did not see much applicable to us.

That said, its the first issue and all new products mature.  Would like to see articles on food storage, maybe a definitive article on fuel storage (both gas and diesel/heating oil) maybe something on first steps to solar.  Jacks philosophy on living and retirement (wish I could remember the Podcast Number) where he speaks to finding an equity position with work satisfaction based on consumption habits would be great in writing!  IRT guns, there are a bizillion sources for firearms/reloading information, is there a  need for more?.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2010, 03:42:26 PM »
I disagree.  The first issue seemed to me to be aimed at bushcrafters, and those who DIY.  Articles on food storage are a good idea, though.  Maybe someday I'll submit an article on canning.  Or maybe a series of articles.  Or maybe not.  Depends on where SQ goes, and what Ron & Karen decide they want in it.

You should ask Jack to write an article on living and retirement.  :) I'm sure articles that reference his podcasts would be well received.  Again, though, it depends on where Ron & Karen want to go with each issue.

And FTR, there is no such thing as too much firearms/reloading info.  ;D

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2010, 07:07:36 PM »
Doc, Back issues will be available. We plan to keep a supply on hand and if there is a real demand, we can have more printed. Thanks for your interest.

As to content. There are so many topics it's hard to know where to begin. We are open to any topic that will inform and help folks. We don't aim specifically at any one group or one topic. It's like a mental buffet. you can pick what you want in each topic and then hopefully the taste of that article will lead you to taste others. I think SW said it.. we are trying to get her to do one on canning. We have one on copy-canning in the wings and about ready to pop but we can't print everything all at once...

Ron

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2010, 09:51:15 PM »
  If I saw that cover on a news stand I "WOULD" definitely pick it up and and want to take a look at it. I think that is the purpose of a "cover" is to get your attention and for a survival magazine it works for me. Good job on it SW!!!!

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2010, 11:31:22 AM »
 :beer: Here's a toast to you all for a GREAT first outing!!!... and there's making 'fire' and then there's MAKING fire (referring to the guns and ammo portion of 'firemaking'...). As was said in the Hoodlums forum... got intrigued by the Clark's Hammock System... and Ron's little ditty about it. Researched it, pondered over it (ok fast pondering - took about a day and a half after receiving the SQ issue)... and bought one. REALLY SWEET... besides as an added plug... Clark's did an amazing customer service... ordered it on Wednesday... got it on Friday.  OK, so I'm a bit off topic but if ANY magazine can sell me or prompt me to part with my dollars for not just the mag - but one of the advertisers in it... They've done a great job (ok so I'm easy... but that's another story). OH... the fire starters from using the melted paraffin, cotton balls inside a toilet paper tube, WORK GREAT too. Also made me some more of my cardboard egg carton, wood fiber and paraffin fire starters as well... GOOD stuff.  ;D

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2010, 12:54:20 PM »
Indy, I agree about the ditty that Ron did on the Clark hammocks.  I sat there staring at the hammock, then re-reading the ditty.  Then staring.  Then reading.  Then staring.  By the time I was done I was as green as the hammock with envy over anybody who has that hammock.  I'm a huge fan of ENO hammocks, but I love that the Clark has the tent thingy overhead.  SO COOL!!!!!!!!

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2010, 02:34:06 PM »
I found it interesting to hear some of the details of the demise of the American Survival Magazine. That was one of my favorite magazines looooooong before I became a survivalist (a few months ago). And I glad someone has stepped into the vacuum. The price of the new magazine put me off a tad, but then I considered that in another industry I'm interested in I pay the same price for their mag also and consider it money well spent, though in their case it is out on the newstand where you can take a preliminary look at it. Even so, from the comments here I believe I will be ordering a subscription.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2010, 10:35:50 AM »
I just subscribed earlier in the week and received my first issue today. Love the cover by the way. Not much PC here. I plan to read the magazine cover to cover this evening. I am so glad to see a new magazine with this content available again. I miss the old days of American survival Guide Magazine. I still have many  of their magazines in storage.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2010, 02:34:49 PM »
I'm glad you like the cover!  Read it, and you'll REALLY like it, I think.  :)

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2010, 10:36:56 PM »
Ha.  See Sister Wolf, ever since I started this thread, and took a shot at the cover, people make sure to specifically mention that they enjoy the cover.  You got a focus group for free!

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2010, 12:58:42 PM »
:D  Well, hell, people are just nice like that.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2010, 04:19:40 PM »
The cover looks like beauty and the beast, If I did not know about the HOODS I would never buy one  based on the cover.

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2010, 08:52:45 PM »
Okay, strike what I just said.  I love how as soon as I say something nice about humanity, people come around and promptly prove me wrong.  ::)

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2010, 08:59:20 PM »
Snicker... lighten up Sister, if everyone agreed, it wouldn't be America now, would it?  ;D

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Re: Survival Quarterly Magazine
« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2010, 09:08:05 PM »
I have an idea.  Lets post examples of what you do for a living here on TSP.  When people tell you that they'd never buy your product based on your work, then we can talk about how well I'm actually taking the criticism.  ;)