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My Big Dream--My Own Magazine

Updated on August 16, 2014

I Dream of Publishing My Own Creative Magazine

I am still in the beginning stages of my dream, but I have some partners and I am on my way. One partner is a writing friend and paralegal who has her own online magazine already. You'll find it at the "Sensible Life" link in my links module below. The other partner is also a writing friend, and she has a print magazine that reaches a small area of Kentucky and has an online version as well. You'll find that at the "Kentucky Christian Magazine" link.

The lens, by way of a quest, is a great opportunity for me to lay out my dream for this publication and get some feedback. I look forward to finding other writers here who will want to be published in my magazine when it is up and running. In the biggest part of the dream, the magazine will lead to an annual conference where many of the contributors and meet in person for encouragement and to learn or share instruction. It's exciting to think about this venture and all the places I can go with it.

The picture included is just a tossed together idea using free graphics, but I hope I will find an artist to help me with a good cover when my dream becomes reality.

Many of this lady's cake designs have ended up in my faves at Flickr. If she lived close to me, I'm certain I'd be requesting her baking services often. The link goes to the picture, but be sure to check all her cakes--especially the salad, the chand
Many of this lady's cake designs have ended up in my faves at Flickr. If she lived close to me, I'm certain I'd be requesting her baking services often. The link goes to the picture, but be sure to check all her cakes--especially the salad, the chand

My Ideas for Content

A virtual kitchen sink of creativity.

I always say I was made in the image of my Father who is the ultimate Creator. Creativity, then, is an inborn trait that we all can use to express ourselves. And creativity can come in all kinds of different forms. I'm not a "Susie Homemaker" kind of gal who shops for wallpaper borders and table runners. My home looks lived-in, and Martha Stewart would feel she would need a lifetime to teach me proper interior design. But, I'm the one most of my friends and family call upon when they have a problem with their computers or they forget how to spell a word. So, I'll defrag the hard drive and check your computer for viruses while you bake me a pie. See, we all have different gifts and talents, and I want a magazine that celebrates all of them.

Now, Christians are not the only ones with gifts and talents, but the purpose in wanting the magazine to be for the "creative Christian" is so I can include Scriptures and messages of encouragement for an audience that will understand and relate to those things. Also, it determines my main audience to make it easier to seek compatible advertising. But, make no mistake about it, the creative contributions within the magazine will not all be covered with steeples and Bible verses, though I'm certain at least one person will add a recipe for Shepherd's Pie. :-D

Look at the list of content ideas I have below and vote up the ones you think are the most important. Add your own if you think I've missed some.

Small Press Magazines - Online, Offline, and Make-Your-Own

I'll add more to this list as I find more publications and resources.

Magazines on Amazon's Kindle - Another interesting way to read your favorite variety publications.

Kindle magazines are usually a month to month subscription, but most of them include a trial period that is free. Make sure to read the fine print, and if you have an Amazon Prime membership, remember to take advantage of some of the magazines you can borrow for free without paying a monthly fee.

Some of these may work best for the Kindle Fire, but I tried to pick ones that were more text intensive so they'd be good for all Kindle styles. If you don't own a Kindle, be sure and check out the Kindle for PC download from Amazon where you can get full color and great text as if you were reading it on their device. They also have all kinds of Kindle apps for smart phones and tablets.

Reader's Digest
Reader's Digest

I think I'd like this one just for the humorous sections like "Life in These United States" and "All in a Day's Work."

 
Writer's Digest
Writer's Digest

One of the best tools for a writer's toolbox. F & W Publications lists this and other magazines as a free digital subscription when you subscribe to the print version.

 
Asimov's Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction

Gotta be one of the oldest and most read mags for lovers of science fiction.

 
Popular Woodworking Magazine
Popular Woodworking Magazine

Even if you don't work with wood, you can drool over the beautiful designs. This one may be a little too picture intensive for some Kindle versions.

 

I'd love to hear your ideas for what you would like to see added to my magazine idea. I know I mentioned the conference, but I would also like to create a line of greeting cards that could be advertised within its pages as well. The well of my own ideas runs deep, and I'd really like to know what is in the minds of other creative folks.

Your Ideas - Would you read this magazine? If so, what topics would you want to see covered?

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    Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    MJ Martin, you're right, it is a BIG idea. I've had some life issues that have it on hold for right now, but it's still out there, and I'm thankful for the challenge that helped me put my dreams into a packaged idea. Maybe it will still happen one day. I'm glad you like the list of resources too, and I hope they help others who have ideas for magazines.

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    MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

    A whole magazine, wow! Kudos to you for that. I like many of your ideas.

    Like your list of resources too. I'm not much of a pie baker, haha. Good to know you enjoy working on computers so much!

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    Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @Arachnea: Thank you, Arachnea. Persistence is the hardest part for me. I tend to put so much of myself into things that when I run into a virtual wall (be it someone who doesn't believe in my dream with me or just time issues), I feel like I've hit a physical wall and crashed. With all that can be done online, though, I know the door will open to help me with this one eventually, and I'm hoping for a team of helpers to run with.

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    Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

    I hope you realize your dream. It's a daunting task, but persistence and hard work will definitely pay off.

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    Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

    @susan369: Thank you, Susan. I'm torn between this and my own greeting card line, but I also think I could use the greeting card line in the magazine for ordering, so it's possible I can have both. I love creativity, but I'm not a big fan of nudes or strong language, so the idea of a magazine without these things appeals to me.

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    susan369 3 years ago

    Great idea! You seem very passionate about it. It's so important for us all to find our passion! Mine currently is PhotoShop! Best of luck with your magazine idea!