Only 10 days ago Steve Davidson was telling Amazing Stories readers, in “More NBC Bullshit” —
It’s not gonna happen. I want nothing to do with NBC and I want them to have nothing to do with Amazing Stories.
If that sounded final – surprise! You can throw that memo in the trash. Here’s the new plan, announced today in Steve’s editorial.
Well, it looks like there is a deal to be had with NBC. Right now the lawyers and I are waiting for a draft proposal of our verbal discussions/agreements. Then we’ll review. I’ve yet to get through that stage of a negotiation without some changes being necessary, but rarely, if ever are those of the deal-breaker kind, so it certainly seems (with appropriate reservation) that we’ll be signing some time in the relatively near future.
Whatever the exact terms may turn out to be, Davidson says in “Plans” there will be enough money to let him to realize his long-held ambition of acquiring fiction for publication on the Amazing Stories website:
I believe that the initial revenue from the NBC deal will allow us to pay better than SFWA rates for at least one short story per week, so that’s what we’re going to do, at least to start.
Follow on to that will be the bundling together of three month’s worth of stories (12+) in an e-magazine issue and POD book, which will be titled Amazing Stories Quarterly. I’m hoping that we’ll also be able to afford a couple of bonus stories that will initially only be available in the Quarterly editions.
Beyond that he expects to do a re-design of the Amazing Stories website by the beginning of 2018, and to start a club or membership organization.