Subscriptions start (or restart) with the next issue to print. We print to order and cannot start a subscription with a back issue. Once you've placed an order, it takes one or two weeks for your subscription to be scheduled. Your subscription is then added to the next production cycle and shipped via USPS Periodical mail. For example, if your subscription was ordered and received by the publisher in November, and the December issue has already shipped, your order will likely be added to the January mailing. Your subscription starts when you receive your first issue--not when you place your order. If you subscribed for 12 issues, you will receive all 12.