What Is a Magazine?
A printable magazine is referred to as a publication that is printed or electronically published on a regular schedule. It contains a variety of content, which is categorized into general interest and special interest, with special interest magazines further categorized into as follows: farm, sports, music, business, entertainment, travel, automobile, modern, children's, women's, men's, literary, fashion, food, health, and lifestyle. There are a lot more specific classifications that you may find depending on the purpose and content of the magazine.
How to Make a Simple Magazine
At initial glance, it might be your first impression that creating even a sample magazine is a tough and challenging task. However, with the help of the following simple steps in making a magazine, it is without a doubt that it would be a breeze for you to create your own magazine.
1. Choose a Topic
Before writing anything else on your scratch paper, the first thing that you need to do is to choose a topic for your magazine. Depending on the classifications presented above, you can come up with a topic that makes you interested to work on. From this, you can work on your mission statement or the purpose of your magazine. A purpose is important so you will know your magazine's worth, and this will be an initial step to the next key point.
2. Identify Your Audience
Now that you already know the purpose of your creative magazine, it is expected that you can easily identify your target readers. You can specify the audience that you want your magazine to reach, for example, depending on age, gender, location, occupation, socio-economic status, educational level, marital status, religious affiliation, beliefs, interests, and many others. Knowing your audience can help you easily tailor-fit your content according to their preferences.
3. Research More About Your Topic
Look for facts and ideas about your topic; they are everywhere on the internet. You can also refer to other related magazines so you can have an idea on the presentation and outline of the content. List down all your ideas without first considering the order of priority or presentation and the details. Then, sort out those ideas by grouping similar items. Create an outline for all those key ideas as well as their respective details.
4. Decide for Your Magazine Title
At this point where you already gathered a lot of information to be incorporated into the magazine, it is best to decide for your magazine title. This is something that you must think not just for a few of minutes; instead, you must spend a couple of hours brainstorming and deciding for the appropriate because the title is the first thing that would capture the interest of your audience. When your magazine is placed in a rack with all the other magazines, does its title stand out from all the rest?
5. Draft the Content
Following the outline, draft the content of your magazine, and ensure that you have a logical presentation of your ideas. Expound the main ideas, and explain vague or ambiguous points. While drafting the content, you can decide which part needs to have illustrations, images, photos, and other artworks.
6. Work on the Magazine Design
Once you have completed the draft for the content, you can now work on the design of your magazine, its layout and cover. Your design must be something that presents the personality of your magazine or your own branding. For the cover, you can opt for text-only cover or the one with images and illustrations to enhance its visual presentation. In choosing for the color of the layout, you may base it on the colors you can find in your front cover photo or you can have your own branding colors, just like the yellow signature color of the front cover edges of the National Geographic Magazine.
7. Publish and Distribute Your Magazine
Lastly, finalize your magazine and look for partners and advertisers that would help you so you can now publish and distribute your magazine. You can have a physical copy of the magazine to be distributed to physical stores, and you can launch an online version of your magazine.