I am suspending publication of Alaskan History Magazine for an indeterminate length of time.
With only one year of publication, Alaskan History Magazine has been too fragile to survive the catastrophic impact of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. When the economy shut down, so did subscriptions, single issue orders, and even book orders for the magazine’s parent company, Northern Light Media. The last order of any type was received in early March, and without orders the business simply cannot survive. In addition to the cessation of orders, the printing of the May-June issue has been delayed by several weeks, and as of this writing it still has not left the printer (the order, which normally takes 10 days to 2 weeks, was placed in April).
This is hard, but I know there are many other, more important businesses having a much harder time right now, and they need your support and encouragement, and your business if possible, much more than this magazine does. If possible, I will resume publication at some point, but if not…
Suspending publication was not an easy decision to make, and it has taken me about three weeks to reconcile the idea. I am very proud of the magazine I created, and I have been extremely fortunate to receive the support of an outstanding artist and some superb writers. Close to a dozen libraries have subscribed, and many bookstores, gift shops, and other venues have expressed interest in selling the magazine. This summer was going to be an exciting time of expanding and developing the business, but then the bottom fell out of everything, for everyone.
I will be mailing a letter to subscribers offering options for prorating their remaining subscriptions. The back issues will remain available on my Northern Light Media website and at Amazon, but no new issues will be produced in the foreseeable future.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Alaskan History Magazine. Wherever the road ahead takes us, remember that we are writing tomorrow’s history every day.