Dear Michael,

        Take a look at the tutorials on, especially the ones
related to photo retouching. These are currently written for older
versions of GIMP. What you can do is to convert them to work with GIMP
2.2, and submit patches for the tutorials, and also publish these
tutorials with examples in your magazine (be ware of copyright issues..
clear it up first). This will both make the tutorials on
current, and also make more of the public aware that "this is possible
with the GIMP."

        The tutorials you write for Linux Format, you could even try sharing
with so that visitors to could read them. This email
probably sounds very selfish as it's centric rather than Linux
Format centric, but you get attribution for your work and you'll be
reaching more GIMP users.

        PS: I work for Xinit Systems (one of your advertisers) and I do read
your articles sometimes, and I really suggest you contribute these to (check out the current tutorials first and see how yours can
fit in).

On Tue, 2004-12-14 at 21:58 -0600, Michael J. Hammel wrote:
> First, a little background:
> I've been writing a column for LinuxFormat (a UK magazine) for about a
> year and half now.  It is mostly about GIMP but every so often I cover
> other topics like Inkscape or Ming (the Flash API) pr CSS or other
> graphics related topics.
> I've also started work on a column for another magazine, Tux Magazine,
> which will be published by SSC (the Linux Journal publisher) starting in
> February.  This column, too, will focus on GIMP and desktop graphics
> issues for the end user.
> Now on to the real issue:
> After having written about GIMP almost non-stop since about 1996
> (countless articles and two books) I'm starting to run dry on topics. 
> The magazines seem to be happy with my work, but I get almost no
> feedback from readers so it's hard to tell if the articles are useful or
> not.  And with two columns on the subject it's getting hard to not cover
> the same thing twice in a short period of time.
> What I need to know is what readers want - what problems do they have
> using GIMP, what techniques do they want to learn, what projects are
> they trying to work on?  Where and what do you need help with?  The only
> requirement for these two magazines is that the questions are about
> using GIMP on Linux (I couldn't help with detailed stuff on Windows
> anyway since I don't use that platform) and that they are generally more
> end-user oriented than developer oriented articles.  I also try to cover
> both 1.2 and 2.0 since there are still a lot of users out there who have
> not upgraded.
> While I can't offer a free copy of the magazine (I don't carry that much
> clout) I can offer to give you thanks in the columns for your
> suggestions (assuming the publisher doesn't have a problem with that,
> which I don't think they will though I still need to clear it with
> them).  
> So, if anyone has suggestions for topics related to GIMP please send
> them my way.  If you have a favorite plugin you think should be covered
> or a tool that needs explaining or a "How did they do this?" question
> about some image made with Photoshop, let me know. I can even throw in
> the occasional interview of "important person X" if you think that would
> be interesting - you supply the name of "X". :-)
> I'll do my best to answer as much as I can.  
> Many thanks, and happy GIMP'ing.

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