We’ve been waiting a long time for someone to sit down and ask Eric Reynolds what he thinks about Diamond’s benchmarks, and Chris Mautner finally stepped up to do it himself. The general thrust is that…the indie periodical was already looking a little green around the gills:
Let me put it this way. I think some publishers are probably using this new policy as an excuse to curtail their pamphlets than I think it’s a hard cause and effect. I don’t begrudge anybody doing that, but my point is the writing was already on the wall. I think publishers were already steering away from periodicals by and large. I read an interview with Mike Richardson not too long ago prior to the Diamond policies talking about how they were really scaling back the pamphlets and they’re one of the few publishers that’s still been really agressive in that format.