Introducing LETTER TO JANE + 29th Street Publishing
I’ve been keeping this secret for a while, a long while. As you may have heard I left Oregon in May and moved to New York to start on a new project. What this project is and what it means to the future of Letter to Jane has been left up in the air, until now. I am proud to say that I have taken the position of Creative Director at 29th Street Publishing and we are about to launch very soon.
What is 29th Street Publishing? It’s a small group of devoted people working to make a new kind of platform for independent writers and artists get published on iPad and iPhone. It’s been an amazing opportunity to be on the ground floor of something that hasn’t been seen before and given complete creative control over some exciting tech I’ve never seen before. However, the biggest sell to me taking this position was that 29th Publishing is specifically not a tech company, we’re a publishing house. We are all focused on publishing the people we love that haven’t been able to find their audience on new platforms. The tech we’ve built is just a means to share with you a great reading experience. It’s this devotion to a great reading experience is something that I’ve personally been striving for and jumped at the opportunity to join a team that would help make my own goals and ambitions come true. In the next coming weeks and months you will see a slew of new titles and voices that are native publications for the iPad. They are not app readers with content, this is all built from the ground up with new ideas that haven’t been seen on these devices yet.
So what does this mean for Letter to Jane? It means Letter to Jane is going to be much better than I could’ve possibly dreamed. Issue 4 has been seriously delayed for a number of reasons, but a big one was that there were technical problems I just couldn’t solve on my own. In the Kickstarter I had promised to tackle the problem of native text in the app, a problem the whole industry has been trying to solve. I had some leads, thought I had some solutions, but ran into a brick wall every time. I’ve been working furiously on this problem all year and was pleased to find a team that was focused on the same problem. When we got together this was our number one priority and still something that we focus on. What we’ve come up with is something that I’m very proud of and now that we’re already testing out new processes I’m excited to say that my biggest hurdle has been solved.
As it stands now issue 4 will be released in mid to late October with new video content, interviews with some of my all time favorite artists, and some amazing photography. It’s going to be a completely new format that will focus on discussions and ideas. Every feature not only includes great work, but the artist’s thoughts attached with it. There is a completely new layout and design that responds to the reader’s needs as you go through each feature. Everything will be native, clean, and intuitive. Again, this is all possible to great work that 29th Street Publishing has been developing for over a year now in secret and I speak for all of us when I say we can’t wait to share with you all. If you’d like to know more or have interest in publishing with us you can reach us at email@example.com
I want to thank all the readers who have still shown interest in Letter to Jane and have supported me through this dramatic change in my life and work. I would also like to thank 29th Street Publishing: David Jacobs, Natalie Podrazik, and Blake Eskin for giving me this opportunity and not only allowing Letter to Jane to remain and stay independent, but pushing me to continue this project and encourage me to take it further. Watch this space for more info soon!