Hello, fans of my little girlie magazine! Yes, I’m working hard to give you the very best reading experience possible.
Now I want all of you to understand that the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a real online magazine. I love my job as the editor/publisher of The Gazette, but like any entrepreneur, I have bills to pay. The bills for my little girlie magazine for one year stack up something like this.
- Submissions From Contributors: $360.00
- Hosting: $85.00
- IT Team For Internet Connection: $60.00
- Daily Backup: $20.00
- URL Domain: $15.00
That comes to $540. I have a secure income, but it’s a very modest income and few entrepreneurs can stay in business if they continue to lose money. Yes, some day I would actually like to not only break even, but to actually pay myself a salary.
My solution to my expenditures versus my net profit is advertising, just like any other magazine. This is why the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is an affiliate of the Mr. Skin/Naked News network. Right now I plan to cut my costs for submissions in half next year by publishing only six submissions instead of 12. I really don’t want to do that.
So, you will be seeing more ads in The Gazette and I hope you understand. There will be exceptions to this new ad policy, like posts by contributors and posts that are sampled from Bernie 2016 and The Huffington Post. The following is what Wikipedia has to say about Mr. Skin (Naked News is owned by Mr. Skin).
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Mr. Skin is a website that specializes in locating, posting and rating instances of female nudity in television and film. Founded in August 1999, Mr. Skin is also the nickname of the company’s chief executive, whose real name is Jim McBride. As of 2007[update], MrSkin.com attracted more than seven million visitors per month.
After an appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 2000, McBride became a regular guest, ultimately producing a “Mr. Skin Minute” that continues to air every Thursday as part of Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio program. You can listen to him every other Wednesday at 9:40 am on The Rude Awakening Show on WOCM. Other radio shows that have featured Mr. Skin include Lex and Terry, Tom Leykis, The Adam Carolla Show, Loveline, Steve Dahl, Opie and Anthony, Kidd Chris, The Bob & Tom Show, The World Famous Frank Show, Todd and Tyler, The Regular Guys, The Jeff O’Neil Show, “The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show” and a weekly call in to the BS on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando, Florida. He also appeared numerous times on the The Drew and Mike Show on WRIF radio in Detroit. Mr. Skin is on every Thursday on The Playboy Morning Show TV and Web Audio and video Streaming on Playboy TV.
In 2007, MrSkin.com was referenced in Judd Apatow‘s comedy, Knocked Up, which was discussed in a New York Times Business section feature which detailed MrSkin.com’s history, its prominence in Knocked Up, and the site’s positive relationship with Hollywood companies as a marketing tool. In the article, interviewer Andrew Newman wrote that “[T]he movie studios not only tolerate Mr. McBride but also court him by sending advance screeners of DVD releases.”
In March 2015 Mr. Skin, confirmed his collaboration with Fangoria Magazine, for the column Flesh and Blood.