In high school, I wanted to start a magazine.
As an adult, I’d all but forgotten.
I told my husband the other day that I wanted to focus on designing magazines. “Indie ones,” I added.
He, looking not surprised, replied: “Well yeah, isn’t that what you’ve always wanted to do?”
He was pretty darn close, and I’d all but forgotten.
Back then I wanted to START a magazine. Before I got into designing, before I was even an adult, I was in high school when a friend and I got the idea to start a magazine with a focus on a specific trait we both shared. (I’d tell you what it is, but I might still do it someday!)
Anyway, life happened, and my dreams about starting a magazine were moved to the farthest back burner.
It’s funny how things sometimes come full circle. I started Printish because I wanted to design print(ish) things, but the more I’ve gotten into projects and have thought about the type of design that made me happiest, the more I’ve landed on wanting to do magazines.
Now that I’m running a business where I get to do what I love, remembering that story gives me a “duh” moment of insight into my interest in designing magazines.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the indie magazine market is booming right now. According to Lane Press, “Publishing as an activity is thriving, despite all of the doomsayers. New magazines … continue to appear at a pace of about two a day, unabated.” Two a day!
To study up on magazine design and find my tribe, I started looking around for articles and communities of these magazine entrepreneurs, but everything seemed to be for seasoned pros and giant corporations.
What about people who want to learn about the process? About how to start a magazine? And how to maintain it once it’s running? The ones who want a community of people in the same phase to ask questions and bounce ideas around? It doesn’t seem to exist.
There’s so much to know about how to start a magazine – from how to choose a title to how to find writers and editors to circulation and advertising to my area, the design and layout. And yet there are few, if any, resources available, and almost no place where you can commune with others who are doing the same thing.
So that’s why I’ve started an online group where people like you and I can learn together about starting a magazine. It’s a free, private Facebook group that’s an open forum where you can ask questions without judgment from anyone, and where I’ll bring in experts (or at least people slightly farther down the road of expertise) come to chat and answer questions. Just a safe space to learn about this industry and how to get started in it and what to do once you’re there.
If this sounds like a group you’d be interested in joining, go here!
If you are thinking about starting or definitely want to start a magazine and you want to know how to do it, why not do it with a group of people who are cheering you on?THIS SOUNDS AWESOME! COUNT ME IN!
I hope I’ll see you in the group soon!