From 2008-2011, Josh Timmers and I, along with an assortment of other writers, created a print annual to preview the Cubs' upcoming season under the auspices of Maple Street Press.
Unfortunately, MSP ran into financial trouble a year or so ago and ceased operations, which left us without an outlet for such an annual for 2012.
I'm happy to tell you that we're planning to produce a Bleed Cubbie Blue annual for 2013; it will be available as a digital download from (most likely; details aren't final yet) iTunes, or the Amazon (Kindle) or Barnes & Noble (Nook) digital stores, and possibly other sources. I'm planning on having it have much of the same type of content that the MSP annuals had -- team previews, articles on the farm system, perhaps some statistical analysis, a bit of history, and more...
And that's where you come in. I'm looking for writers to contribute to this BCB annual, beyond what Josh and I can do. If you have ideas you'd like to see in digital print, email me and let me know what you'd like to write about; send a writing sample if you have one, or let me know about your writing experience. If you have read the previous MSP annuals, you should have an idea of the type of longer articles or player profiles I'm looking for (2500 words or so); I'd also be interested in someone who would be willing to write short (150-200 words) profiles of each player who's likely to be on the Cubs' 25-man roster in 2013 (plus some key minor leaguers).
Yes, there is a catch. You'll be writing essentially for the exposure and not for pay. There's not likely going to be much (or maybe, any) money made in this project. It's an experiment; the cost for download will be quite low, to see what interest there is. If we do make any money on this annual, I'll split the proceeds among all the writers.
The MSP annuals were popular; the team's at a low point right now but we can see a brighter future ahead. Let's put together something in digital print form that looks ahead to 2013 and beyond.