|Originally posted by solotwo:|
Well with the demise of High Performance Pontiac mag. The Pontiac Oakland Club International (POCI) is making plans to publish the Smoke Signals as a magazine. It basically is that now for POCI members. I would suggest dropping a email to the Editor Don Keefe. Voice your concern about Fieros and the lack of national coverage. I would suggest presenting him with a idea of a monthly article of and about Fieros. Or may be a section devoted to Fieros. Remind him that the Fiero is the only Pontiac that isn't a shared platform with another GM division. I.E. a true Pontiac! Don's email address is email@example.com. If you get the Smoke Signals you know the quality of the magazine.
I know Don and if he can get the support from the Fiero community he will publish the stories. Don loves all Pontiac vehicles and is one who has tried to lead the way for better acceptance of the post 79 Pontiacs in POCI.
The way to get more stories in the POCI magazine is easy. First join and then write up a story on your car with GOOD! photos. Note I said GOOD! Most of the stories in the magazine are written by members and or with the assistance of members. The same thing often worked in HPP too as if you do the work the publishers love it and will often use the story or rewrite it for the magazine.
No need to remind Don about anything about the Fiero he could teach most here history on the car most owners have no clue about.
For the most part it comes down to information and availability of the info. He has a limited staff and budget so he is not going to come to your house to ask about your car and to take photo's. He generally travels to larger events several times a year like POSI shows and the Pontiac National. But the Fiero community often does not attend the biggest Pontiac show out there even when ones like the Pontiac National treat us well and we have even had top winners at the 600 car event often in the past.
If you want more recognition get out there and write the stories and join the club. If there are only a few Fiero members they are not going to do history stories. If you do not send them in they will not do tech stories. If you do not show up at the events they will not take photos of your car.
Magazines are a dinosaur and today they are run by a few under paid people. Help them and they will help you.
Not I did a story for HPP and worked with Don on it. We got it published and the info out there on 4 pages. I know others that have done similar. Even the last POCI publisher said if he could get people to send Fiero stories he would use the if they had good photos. He can fix the story but he can not doctor the photo's if you leave the trash can behind the car I the driveway shot.
Note the story I worked with Don on will be in a Book he is working on in the future too. He is making money with this and so he is motivated too.