We have recently done our full cover photo exploratory for the next few years of covers. Since we do have a couple of Papillons already slated for covers, we are not looking for any new submissions for quite some time. I really do appreciate your sending this to our attention. Marcy - Designer
Keeping the doors open anyway, I wrote them back early this morning, saying:
I’d like to share this thought with those who decide on the covers: On most Clean Run covers since I’ve subscribed, most of the dogs are extremely close-up -- mostly faces, front paws and maybe a small part of a bar or tire. I really like the whole body shots capturing all those complicated moves. That’s one reason I like my photo. Although only 7 lbs. and very dainty, Maxie’s athletic posture, eagerness and total focus doing agility rivals, I think, that of a much larger dog.
If you ever decide to use my photo in some capacity, please let me know.
I got this response back early this afternoon:
Thanks so much for your interest and zealousness in getting your dog’s shot out to us for review. I do appreciate it. Just note, while I take your feedback on our covers quite seriously, our design policy/cover look IS the extreme close-up and we have no plans to depart from that look at this time. Thanks again for your thoughts. Enjoy your holidays! Marcy
Well, no one can say I didn't try, and I can't shake the feeling that something is going to turn up eventually.
Meanwhile, I wrote her back:
As always, I am impressed with the Clean Run team’s responsiveness. It is the ONLY magazine I have ever read cover to cover, and I look forward to every issue. Great job and keep up the good work. Michele
So she wrote back:
Thanks for your lovely comments...I will share it with the team.
So I wrote back:
Okay, then let me add to my comments. Clean Run is one of the few mags I know of that people don’t throw away after reading. Hang onto and refer back to for years and years. Draw from continuously. It doesn’t get outdated. I know you know this already, but it never hurts to get confirmation from someone “on the outside”. You are much appreciated by all the agility folks I know, and our dog club hands out subscriptions to Clean Run, or Front and Finish, as perks to its most active volunteers. That’s how I get mine.
I am glad I finally got to express how impressed I am with Clean Run Magazine. Anyone doing agility, even just for fun, would do well to subscribe.