Magazines Publishing

Want to Start a Magazine?- Here are a Few Ideas ;)

By Kime Sims

In class today, we had to come up with ideas for what kind of magazine we would like to open. The class has discussed niche magazines like bird watching, to larger publications like Cosmo and National Geographic. In the face of these monoliths, how does one create something unique?

I wanted to share with you the craziness that I created when brainstorming. I released my inhibitions and let my google search history guide me (a new favorite zone to get inspiration). Topics such as the meme magazine and weird jobs were inspired there!

My Craziest Magazine Start-Up Ideas

Although my group decided to create a business plan for young adult fiction books that is for ya readers and writers, I do believe a few of these would have made for some interesting topics.

Let me know if you are inspired and maybe we can team up and open a magazine!

The craziness (mixed with reason) were as follows:

  • Culture Magazine- following the different cultures and holidays of the world
  • Conversation Starter Magazine- because who doesn’t need this?
  • Where’d That Meme Magazine- a study of meme culture and history
  • Pitch Me Your Resume Magazine- people pitch themselves in a magazine for employers to read…weird right?
  • Weird Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed Mag- for anyone who is ever stuck in a rut and wants to change professions!
  • Murder Mystery Magazine- could be real or fake murder mysteries that are revealed in stages each week… I would read this…
  • Internships to You Magazine- Internships from all over… this is a little big but could be simpler, and maybe add college application help
  • No Degree Needed Magazine- for people who go into trade skilled fields and are looking for trade schools and resources
  • Math Two Texas Magazine- the most oddly specific, but could have a real audience
  • Cash for Kids or Mini-Money Makers Magazine- the investment magazine for children
  • Tutors Talk Magazine- tutoring resources, news, articles, etc.
  • Work From Home Magazine- how to stay sane wfh, where to find jobs, etc.
  • Bread Magazine- I loved this idea, but sadly it already exists. It is nice to not be alone in your love of warm carbohydrates
  • Non-Profits for Profiting Change Magazine- help non-profits run smoothly, get volunteers, be organized, etc.
  • GradLife Strife Magazine- lifestyle magazine for grad students, looking to go into grad school and surviving it
  • Beer and Beards Magazine- I think this one is self-explanatory. What is better than men with beards sharing, discussing, and exposéing yummy beers
  • Tech for Grandparents Magazine- you guessed it, sharing new tech (and explaining old tech) to grandparents in an easy to understand way!
  • Myers Briggs Me Right Magazine- articles and new like horoscopes but based on your Myers Briggs types “Why INFJ’s and ENFP’s might take over the world…”
  • Plaid is Rad Magazine- to support all patters in their various sizes and shapes. Essentially, a fashion magazine that only focuses on patterns.

Well, that is my list. I’m all ears if you have any favorites, were inspired by a topic, or think that one of these should DEFINITELY become a magazine!

Until next time,

Your Bookworm,




Fun Magazine Start-Up Ideas- Try to Beat My Crazy!

Don’t hold back your creativity. The best ideas come from unchaining your possibilities!

-the wise one (me)
Books Publishing Writing

Academic and Professional Publishing: A Look at the Other Side

If trade books are everything you love about books, the opposite goes for academic and professional publishing.

Remember in college when you had to buy a $200 book for class and then never used it again? That is Academic Publishing. High costs due to heavy research and productions costs + trying to keep relevant with the time! (*cough this is why they have so many editions of textbooks)

Academic book publishers work with trade books indirect sale and promotion from the company that makes the books and get them to the manufacturing plants or works with companies that collaborate for mass wholesale.

All of the Big Five sell in trade book publishing, and some dabble in the others. Trade books make up the majority of books sales.

Academic Books 

These books tend to live as textbooks in schools and colleges across the country. They cost a lot more than traditional trade books because they are a smaller niche and a smaller genre with more research and authority.

These books are for elementary, middle and high school used for required reading or for classwork guidance and instruction. Pretty much any required reading in a classroom setting can be considered non-trade books. These books tend to be written with the input of industry professionals—teachers and professors—add their input. Entire schools will often buy one book on a mass scale like a 10th-grade chemistry book.

Some books that are originally sold as trade books, take Great Gatsby for example, can be sold in schools as academic book editions. If a classroom wanted to get enough copies, they could go through an academic book company. The textbook company could have their sales rep work with the trade publishers sales rep and other connections to make a deal for these specific schools.

Professional, Technical, and Reference Books

Specialized books created for field professionals. These field cover:

“accounting, medicine, psychology, computer science, architecture, etc. come from “professional publishers” that specialize in those areas. These are very authoritative and can include in-depth books on very niche areas within the subject matter or general reference materials.”

These are the books that only apply to people within a specific field of study or learning. These books tend to update said professionals on new developments, laws, studies, and advancements within the realm of their jobs.

These are books that can be so niche you would think they were on Half Price Books “We don’t know if anyone would buy this” pile, and they would give you $.001 cents for it. You would then leave after selling your tween stage Twilight books, that one copy of Illiad you never read, and a myriad of other books doubting justice in the world.

Ok, that was me angry ranting, but these books are really dull and dry and serve a purpose- one that is not pleasure but knowledge.

Take the below for example:

Cch Accounting for Income Taxes, 2018 Edition [Book]

from Wolters Kluwer, CCH/ Business / Economics · Paperback · Non-fiction · 506 page

“CCH Accounting for Income Taxes (2018) provides guidance on the application of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740, Income Taxes. Now available in eBook format – download to your computer instantly. Now available in eBook format – download to your computer instantly.”

Only my attorney would read this book to go to bed at night. Anywho, I think you get the gist. I didn’t know this category existed, and find it fascinating! Imagine editing that?!  I shiver to think the thought.

I hope this overview has been helpful!

Have a great day Bookworms!


Kime J. Sims.