The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘stay the course’ as “to continue with a process, effort, etc., even though it is difficult. ”
Wikipedia: “”Stay the course” is a phrase used in the context of a war or battle meaning to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism.”
The Free Dictionary: “To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can….”
When the Covid-19 pandemic unceremoniously and without warning stopped all subscriptions and single issue orders to Alaskan History Magazine, I was certain there was no way I could continue publishing. With zero income, it would be impossible to print issues and buy postage for mailing. It took a few weeks of considering the situation and weighing my options, but I think I’ve found a workable solution: Digital magazines.
Alaskan History Magazine has been digital from the beginning; the first three issues were uploaded to issuu and are still available there to read free. The subsequent issues are available for $2.50 each, or $12.00 for an annual subscription. I will be focusing on how to utilize the digital publishing platform issuu to the best advantage, and to provide for downloading, sharing, and optimizing the digital magazine, online and offline.
With the singular exception of libraries, printed copies of the magazine will no longer be available by subscription, but they can still be ordered as single issues; more on that later. The long-awaited May-June issue will be in the mail by July 20th, several weeks late but hopefully worth the delay. It will be the final issue mailed to subscribers, and a letter will be included offering options for ending the current subscriptions.
I will be uploading the May-June magazine to the issuu website on July 25th, after the print version has reached subscribers, and I will upload the July-August issue on August 1st. After that each issue will be back on schedule to upload bimonthly, i.e., on September 1st, November 1st, January 1st, etc.
I hope this new publishing plan will prove workable and allow Alaskan History Magazine to continue providing outstanding articles, photographs, and other content on the north country for many years to come.