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Letter from the Editors (Issue 10)

October 1st, 2006     by Derek Hogue     Issue 10: Issue 10: Gimme Shelter     Comments

We always laugh when people ask us where Shameless HQ is located. Though we get a kick out of mentioning our headquarters in the magazine, the truth is, Shameless HQ doesn’t exist.

As an independent magazine funded entirely by subscriptions, newsstand sales and limited advertising, we’ve simply never had the budget for an office. Over the past few years, we’ve worked in dozens of bedrooms, kitchens, post offices and coffee shops—and have been chased out of several restaurants for loitering. To us, Shameless HQ is wherever we happen to be sitting at any given moment.

The world of small magazine publishing is not as glamorous as you might think. Sure, we get to air our opinions in the media, spend time with smart, creative folks and throw ourselves parties to celebrate new issues. But we also lug heavy boxes of magazines across town on subways, streetcars and bikes, and come home from our stressful day jobs to be greeted with more work (this time unpaid) that keeps us up too late and sometimes makes us cranky.

Still, seeing Shameless evolve from an idea we conceived in journalism school to the success it is now has been amazing. Running the magazine has taught us a lot about publishing, media activism, grassroots marketing and event planning, and introduced us to some of the smartest, sassiest young women (and men!) in the country—from our writers and artists to the members of our teen editorial collective.

But we’re tired. After almost three years of running Shameless (and a couple of years of planning before that), we both need a break. And so, if all goes according to plan, the Spring 2007 issue will be our last as co-editors and co-publishers.

On that note, we’re starting our search for energetic, talented folks to take over the magazine while we shift to an advisory role and focus on other projects. We have a fantastic community of writers, artists, readers and supporters who’ve made Shameless a part of their lives (thank you!) and we want to see this community and the magazine grow.

We’re seeking people who are passionate about our mandate, have a strong vision for the magazine, get along well with others and can work from home in their spare time, on a volunteer basis. (And if you’re someone who can figure out how to make this magazine pay its staff and contributors, then we need you, too!) If you’d like to discuss the application process, contact us at submit@shamelessmag.com.

Now that all that business is out of the way, we’re excited to share the new issue with you! In it, we get up close and personal with actor/director Sarah Polley (page 36), dub poet d’bi.young (page 24) and the women of The Miss G___ Project (page 20), and bid a fond farewell to rock ‘n’ roll queens Sleater-Kinney (page 28).

Yours Shamelessly, Melinda + Nicole

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