When the Society began, back in 2013, biennial dues were set for members receiving print copies of The Watsonian with either US domestic or international postage. As of our last publication cycle, the cost of mailing issues overseas was greater than the amount received in international dues. The dues received from all members has left us with insufficient reserves for the printing and posting of our publications, as well as the smaller expenses of Internet hosting, PayPal fees, etc. All the Society work has been a true labor of love, as the Society has no paid employees. We have had a generous benefactor who has kept us afloat, but the time has come to do the thing we’ve postponed as long as possible: change our membership structure.
Current members who are not due to renew before December 31, 2016 need do nothing at this time.
New and renewing members have two options: Print subscription or Paperless.
Introducing: Paperless Membership
The new Paperless Membership is retroactive to January 1 2016 and ends December 31 2017. This 24-month membership is available world-wide at $50.00 USD and includes downloadable PDF issues of The Watsonian for Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017, as well as the Fiction Series title, “The Doctor and the Duellist”. The Fiction title and the Spring 2016 Watsonian will be available upon purchase of membership; the following issues will be available as they are published.
If you wish to receive print copies of the journal, then the Membership with Print + PDF Subscription is for you. This 18-month membership is available within the US at $52.50 or internationally at $67.50, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2017. It includes either US domestic or international postage for print Watsonian issues for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017. In addition, you will receive electronic access to those issues, too.
As of January 1, 2017, membership will be available on an annual basis (January 1 – December 31) and include two issues (Spring and Fall) of The Watsonian. The annual rates will be:
Paperless: $25 (World-Wide)
Print + PDF: $35 (US Domestic) or $45 (International)
(All prices in US Dollars)
These changes allow more flexibility for you and allow us to continue to publish our excellent journal, host our Annual Treasure Hunt, and maintain our home here on the Web.
I know this may be a bit confusing, so please don’t hesitate to e-mail me with any questions or concerns.
2 Replies to “Membership Changes”
Thank you so much for the clear explanation! This is perfect timing, as I’m about to move overseas for a year or two and was just wondering how on earth I would receive my treasured copies of The Watsonian…
Wonderful! When you have a moment, please email me with the details so we can make sure you don’t miss an issue!
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