|Perusing my art room bookshelf, you will notice about six different publications dominate, and most issues have multiple bookmarks sticking out. Magazines are still my favorite reference material for inspiration when I'm designing new projects.|
|These are the ones that come in my mail box, these days. House Beautiful consistently relates to the homes of most of my clients, Better Homes and Gardens gives me a steady overview of what's currently popular, since I had to break my addiction to decorating shows a few years ago, by cancelling cable service. Eating Well and Nutrition Action are my foodie/health nut parents' annual Christmas gift. I especially like Nutrition Action, which investigates the science behind the "science" that advertisers tout, and explains it in normal people words. If you want to understand food (and the staggering amount of unfood out there), click here: cspinet.org.|
We can't write, illustrate and promote them all at once, and we don't want to wait several years on any of the topics. The process of compiling the journal page shown above triggered an "Aha!" moment. Outlined in brown at the bottom of that journal page are three niche market magazines, published quarterly, available mainly by subscription, and successful enough to be featured in an article by a major national magazine. Last week at our author's meeting, I showed these to Cat.
This week at our author's meeting, Cat presented me with magazine production costs, corporation and tax info, website particulars, and her list of departments and names. I presented her with a mast head design, style samples, my list of departments and names, marketing strategies, and a couple of possible articles.
The first issue of 365 Being will be rolling off the presses in late August...!!!!!!
Is it a little early to share this? Maybe, but Cat gave her consent, and since this is all I can think about now, what else was I going to blog about? Besides, early subscribers will get great deals, so remember I post Monday and Thursday nights, and you'll be the first to get the scoop, as details unfold.
If you wondered about the unusual background to most of the photos, that would be the upholstery, piled on the work table, waiting to be attached to a settee I built and painted, and which I promised to deliver tomorrow morning. It's now ten p.m., here in the Midwest, so good thing I'm not only a magazine junkie, but a deadline junkie as well! I'll post photos of that sweet little piece on Thursday.
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