paper trail distro is open again now that the holidays are over, but the break i took made me realize that the distro isn't where i want to put my energy anymore. i knew when i started out seven years ago that the distro had an expiration date--i couldn't keep running it forever. & i think the time has come to shut it down. it's been a while since i really enjoyed the process of running a zine distro, even though i had many good years of reading great zines, meeting interesting people, & satisfying a demand for zines. but all good things must come to and end.
the distro is currently still open. i want to try to sell down as many of the zines i still have as i possibly can. & i have A LOT. though they are going fast--i've sold out of like twelve different zines just in the last few hours. i am doing my best to keep up with everything & make sure the catalogue stays updated. i am only selling zines now--i won't be doing any re-orders or taking on new zines. what i have is what i have, & when it's gone...it's gone. that is why i am sending out this announcement: if you want zines, i suggest that you act quickly, because i expect stuff to just keep selling out.
everything is pretty much the same. the catalogue is up, the shopping cart is up, & you can order stuff, same as always. if you happen to order something that is sold out, i will refund you for the amount of the sold out zine(s).
you can even still subscribe to the distro, though i have changed it up a little. i expect the process of closing down the distro to take a few months...maybe even a year, once the initial feeding frenzy dies down. subscriptions now cost $30 in the u.s. & $40 everywhere else. they're good for two packages over the course of six months (i'm currently accepting subscriptions for april & july). each package will contain ten zines. if the distro closes before your subscription period ends, you will be refunded for whatever packages you did not receive. this is also true for current subscribers.
i'm also going to be introducing some new postage-paid collections as the catalogue whittles away. they'll be up on the distro site. i'm also still posting interviews while i'm closing down. an interview with maranda elizabeth, of "telegram ma'am" zine, will be going up in the next few days.
once the distro is closed, i expect to continue to contribute to zine culture in various ways. i will probably still make zines. but my time as a distributer is drawing to a close.