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Patricia Poore, Editor of Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine

Doors Closed and Opened

by Patricia Poore on June 16, 2009

in Interiors

For years—decades, in fact—I operated as an independent publisher, because no one told me how crazy that was. Although we were non-profit without the benefits (artisans out there, you can relate!), everybody in our shop enjoyed doing custom-quality work, and remarkably, the bills got paid…for a long, long time.

Media and publishing are changing, rapidly and unpredictably.

We’ve seen direct-mail fail (making new readers difficult and expensive to reach) and advertiser dollars migrate towards greater presence on the web. Meanwhile, paper and USPS postage (and staff health-care benefits) go up faster than inflation. The time has come when publishers have to join forces, looking for economies of scale, depending on growth to provide in-house expertise in the new marketing climate.

Which is to say, Arts & Crafts Homes is among the lucky publications to find a superb partner. The magazine is now part of Home Buyer Publications and Active Interest Media. Despite continued challenges for print and the ongoing housing slump, this magazine is alive and well, now part of a dynamic group with smart ideas for the future of publishing. I remain as editor-in-chief. Innovative work and dedicated craftspeople will continue to appear in these pages.

We have not had the reach we might have in recent years. That’s going to change, to the benefit of readers looking for us at the newsstand and companies seeking astute customers. The print magazines will thrive, given the great staff and resources at Active Interest Media.

Look too for exciting new features coming soon on the website. (Old-House Interiors and Early Homes are also part of this new deal, along with our Design Center Sourcebook.) I am blessed to be in the wonderful company of those who are part of the A&C Revival. I look forward to all sorts of new adventures!

Patricia Poore
Patricia Poore, Editor
10 Harbor Rd., Gloucester, MA 01930

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Margaret Howell June 25, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Please, please, I want my magazine in my hands. I spend all day with my face hanging in a computer screen so when I get home one of my most favorite things to do is pick up a “real” touchable magazine and first look at all the pictures then read it!

I work hard for my money and with my immagination fueled by pictures I’m able to create a room with atmosphere, attitude and “things” that I’ve gleaned from magazines. I hate that we’ve become a society that we shut our faces in a computer and think thats communicating or creating an experience. I have a beautiful individualized home and magazines have shown me how to do it, so please don’t take them away.

Articles are enlightening. Photography framable.

Thank you – Margaret A. Howell

2 Sandy Koenig June 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Glad to read of this new collaboration that will allow your magazine to move forward. It is very well done and just chock full of information and wonderful articles.

Thank you!

3 aa rajotte July 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Good work on the 2008 issues I found at the newstand taking the train. I am a big fan of your excellent magazine and the arts and craftsmanship this era lacks dearly. God luck with the new challenges and keeping the soul of the revival going in the States. You might add more ecological content as both movements could be synergetic if put together in spirit and value.

A. Rajotte

4 Roger July 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

Thanks for including our home in the most recent issue, Patricia. The layout looks great! Feel free to contact us if they have any questions.

5 john September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

how do i purchase archive issues?

6 Arts & Crafts Editor October 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

If you would like to order back issues please go to our store here:
Call 8000-750-7279

7 Brandy March 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I would like more picturs of Rogers house please!! I had 2 of the magazines but let someone borrow one and misplaced the other one!!! His house was so nice!

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