|Name:||AMC Press (formerly Sunshine Press, formally Paranoid Press), also agented for AngelWings Press)|
|Contact:||TACS, Laura Peck|
|Type:||fanfic, slash fanzine publisher|
|Fandoms:||CSI, The Sentinel, Mixed Media, Man from Uncle, Star Wars: TPM, Professionals, Starsky & Hutch, CSI|
|Status:||inactive but as of 2018 their zines are available via an agent, Requiem Publications|
|URL:||WB machine link to their website, Archived version|
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Some frequently asked question are here.
Publishing and Agenting History
Prior to AMC Press, the two fans published in the 1980s under the name "Sunshine Press" (In the Public Interest), then in the mid 1990s under the name "Paranoid Press" (Compounded Interest, Catalyst, Tarkalean Tea, and Four of a Kind).
AMC Press also agented for other fanzine publishers such as Asbestos Press and CrowRow Productions. Starting in 2003, AMC Press began distributing fanzines through Lionheart Distribution until Lionheart ceased selling fanzines in 2005. In 2010, their zines were reissued in ebook format by Lionheart when it resumed fanzine agenting (either as pdf downloads or on CDs). As of 2018, many of their zines were available in print form as well as PDF downloads/CDs from Requiem Publications.
A Review of the Press
A 1999 opinion:
When I first got into reading and buying Slash zines at Revelcon 9, in March of 1998, a fairly well-known Sentinel Slash writer there told me that if I liked Sentinel Slash I should buy the Come to Your Senses zines (published by Mysti Frank and Whatever You Do, Don’t Press!) instead of the Love and Guns Sentinel Slash zines published by AMC Press. She said that the Love and Guns zines weren’t well-edited and were difficult to read. I took her advice and stuck to CTYS. Now I have confirmation that she was right, and that she gave me some good advice.
The first AMC Press zines I bought were the Sen-slash novels Dragons and Kings, The Jungle Book and Magick. They were all well-written novels, and well-edited. However, I now know that this was due more to the fact that the authors are all experienced and conscientious writers who use multiple betas, than the efforts of the publishers themselves. Later AMC Press novels that I’ve read have been very disappointing in that regard. You could argue that this is the fault of the author and editing is their own responsibility. However, AMC Press is the one selling these zines, which are inferior in reading quality to similar Sentine slash zines published by others. I would think that pride in their work would motivate them to take the time to produce a well-designed and easy-to-read zine. It can’t be that hard to find betas to edit advance copies of these zines. I myself would happily volunteer!
AMC Press includes in all of their zines the amazingly beautiful artwork of TACS, but that alone isn’t going to entice me to spend over $20 on a zine that will give me a headache when I try to read it. It’s very unfortunate, but I won’t be buying any more AMC Press zines unless they are written by an author I’m familiar with or come highly recommended by friends. It may be picky of me, but I expect a bit more from zines than Net fiction. A poorly edited story on the Net I can easily accept - it’s free, and I can ignore it if it bothers me. A poorly edited zine means I’m out some hard-earned money and now have a zine to try to sell or find a home for if I don’t want some trees to have died in vain. I don’t think expecting zine publishers to edit and proofread their zines is too much to ask.
Note: Evidently I'm not the only one who feels this way! I recently received some feedback that said, "Bless you for saying publicly what people mutter in private about AMC."
Update: The above was written in the Fall of 1999. AMC has come out with many new zines since then, both the 'Love and Guns' series and individual novels. Because of the above, I haven't dared to buy them. If anyone has read anything by AMC Press that I haven't reviewed above, send me a note letting me know what you thought of it. I'm curious if they've improved their editing style or are still devil-may-care about the whole concept.
Update 2: Answered my own question. In the early summer of 2000 I bought the Q/O novel 'Walk Softly And Carry A Big Lightsaber' by Mercutio that AMC Press published as part of their 'Best of the Net' series. This was a fantastic novel that I'd read on the Net, and AMC kept up their record of no editing whatsoever. It's a great novel, and worth reading as a zine, especially if you love the story. Just realize that no editing work was done on the zine. So I still won't buy anything from AMC unless it is, like 'Walk Softly', something I've read on the Net, or is from an author I'm familiar with.Update 3: I've gotten some email/feedback from several people who order zines by mail, all of whom really appreciated AMC Press for a very important reason: AMC has a very good record of promptly filling zine orders correctly and sending them out in record time. For those who cannot attend actual slash conventions (which are few and far between, I know), the only way to get zines is to order them by mail. AMC has a good record in this regard. Some other zine publishers and agents, I have been told, are *not* so good about responding speedily. I've heard stories of people sending checks to a publisher, the check is cashed, and no zine is received for months. Emails to the publisher/agent go unanswered. Since I have no personal experience with this, since I've been fortunate enough to be able to buy most of my zines at cons, I won't name names and resort to hearsay. But I did want to let people know that AMC Press does have a good record in that regard. They also agent zines from AngelWings Press, so it's not just their own zines that they distribute. And there are some zines from AMC Press that I adore; 'The Jungle Book' and 'Walk Softly and Carry a Big Lightsaber' are two zines I'd make an effort to carry out with me if my house was on fire! So it is good to know that it is easy to obtain them.
List of Zines
- After All - novel (The Sentinel, sometime between 2001–04)
- All My Roads - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- Alternate Visions - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- The Bait - novel (The Sentinel, 2003)
- Bedtime Stories - anthology (multi-fandom, 2001)
- BJ Sandburg - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- Borders - novel (The Sentinel, 2001)
- Catalyst - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- Compounded Interest - anthologies (The Professionals, multi-fandom, 1992–96)
- Conjugations – novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- The Diary Series - novel (The Sentinel, 1999)
- Dragons and Kings - novel (The Sentinel, 1997)
- The Dying of the Light - novel (The Phantom Menace, 2000 or 2001)
- Family Affairs - novel (The Sentinel/Starsky & Hutch, 2004)
- Family Secrets - novel (The Sentinel, 1999)
- Four of a Kind - anthology (CSI: Las Vegas/The Sentinel, 2001)
- Freedom of Choice – novel (The Sentinel, 1998)
- The Further Adventures of James Ellison and the Professor - novel (The Sentinel, 2001)
- The Game's Afoot - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- In the Public Interest - anthologies (The Professionals, 1985-1991)
- Insight - novel (The Sentinel, 2001)
- The Lie - novel (The Phantom Menace, 2000)
- The Jungle Book - novel (The Sentinel, 1998)
- Love & Guns - anthologies (The Sentinel, 1997-2002)
- The Magician's Apprentice - novel (The Sentinel, 2002)
- Magick – novel (The Sentinel, 1998)
- A Million Pieces - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- Nature Series - novel (The Sentinel, 1999-2000)
- Outside Influences - novel (The Sentinel/Starsky and Hutch, 2004)
- The Pandora's Box Affair - novel (Man from U.N.C.L.E., 1996)
- Partners in Crime - anthology (Starsky & Hutch, 2001)
- The President's Son - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- Previous Loves - novel (The Sentinel, 2001)
- Primary Subject - novel (The Sentinel/Starsky & Hutch), 2004)
- Reign of Terror - novel (The Sentinel, 2000)
- Rituals - novel (The Sentinel/Starsky & Hutch, 2005)
- Rough Trade - novel (The Sentinel, 1998)
- Running with the Storm - novel (The Sentinel, 1999)
- Shadows of the Past - novel (The Sentinel, unknown date)
- Stories with a Different Hue - anthology (The Sentinel, 2001)
- Sweet Memory - novel (The Sentinel, 1999)
- Tales from The Pensieve (Harry Potter, 2004)
- The Talisman - novel (The Phantom Menace, 2001)
- Tarkalean Tea - anthology (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1996)
- Thank You Kindly - novel (Due South, 2000)
- To Thine Own Self Be True - novel (The Sentinel, 1998)
- Walk Softly And Carry A Big Lightsaber (The Phantom Menace, 2000)
- What the Storm Shall Bring - novel (Starsky & Hutch, 2003)
- Winner Takes All - novel (CSI, 2000 or 2001?)
- Without Prejudice - novel (The Sentinel, 2001)
- Worlds Enough - anthology (Man from U.N.C.L.E., 2004–09)