If someone told me that I would be making a magazine a year back, I wouldn’t believe it. And here I am, almost completing a literary magazine that has been both enriching and a delight to create.
When our course leaders informed us about creating a book or a magazine as part of our module this semester, I immediately decided to do a magazine. I always have loved reading visually appealing magazines designed to perfection. Though I decided to do a magazine, it was not long when a train of self-doubting thoughts troubled me. Questions like – Where will I find writers for my magazine? What about the design? The content? Will anyone be interested in my magazine? I felt overwhelmed.
I spoke to Nikki Simpson, Founder & Director of the International Magazine Centre and a die-hard fan of magazines herself, who encouraged me to take the leap. It is amazing to see how complex an idea may look in your mind but when you start working on it, you somehow put together different elements piece by piece, completing an entire project.
My first obstacle was to understand the objective of making a magazine and for what kind of a reader. My ideas kept changing multiple times until I finally found one after researching and talking with various people who have published or worked with a magazine. Creating the cover design and researching the USP’s for my magazine as assessment one coursework helped me immensely in visualising how to proceed with internal pages.
But wait. How do I approach people for submissions? My way of approaching may not be a comfortable one, but it indeed gave me an opportunity to connect with strangers online. I pinned a tweet on my twitter page asking for submissions and expecting none, to be honest. Fortunately, people did approach me interested in my magazine and voila! I got the content. (Sincere thank you to all whom I have pestered to proofread the articles and they did it generously!)
Typesetting various elements into a page has been challenging. Only recently I learnt how to use drop caps even when I did it during my classes. Learning Adobe InDesign itself has been quite a journey. The difference between CMYK and RGB, making paragraph styles, finally understanding the function of making master pages, using grid lines by clicking and swiping up or left from the scales and so much more; I learn new things every single time I use Adobe InDesign.
This entire module has been super hectic but equally educational due to various events such as attending the London Book Fair 2019, SYP Scotland’s Spring Conference, Publishing Scotland Conference; a visit to Bell & Bain Printers and HarperCollins Supply Chain and Distribution unit in Glasgow; completing an internship successfully at Main Point Books and now heading towards deadlines for submitting my coursework. As I work on finishing this semester with flying C-0 M-20 Y-90 K-0 colour, I look forward to my final semester which again makes me both anxious and excited with capital letter D.
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