On BIG Ideas & An E-Magazine For YA Book Lovers

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I’m an ideas kind of girl. For example, I have a list of random notions for possible blog posts with 1352794293 items on it and yet only very few of them actually become blog posts. Sometimes though, I have a really great idea and can’t shake it off.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about kickstarting an e-magazine for fabulous, bookish YA readers. OMG girl, aren’t you busy enough?? Ha. Yes, I’m busy. But I’m also busy dreaming about making this idea of mine happen.

I used to like reading magazines, you see. But the local ones we had in print just felt too focused on fashion, gossip and trends and that wasn’t something I was very interested in. Later on, I discovered a very awesome artsy and indie e-magazine (slightly Frankie-ish) that I really enjoyed but is sadly on hiatus now and I’ve always wished there was a counterpart for it that focused on books instead. Since there isn’t one, how about I start one?

The concept? A downloadable bimonthly collaborative e-magazine that features every awesome thing related to the love of YA books- authors, bloggers, fan art, news, etc.

It’s a crazy idea that will probably need lots of work and I’ll have to look for contributors to help me make it happen. I don’t even know if people will be interested in reading it, much less contributing to it. Again, it’s just an idea so far. I’m telling you about it because I want to hear what you think!

Do you like to read magazines/e-zines? Would you be interested in a bookish e-magazine? Would you want to be a contributor if ever? Do you ever get big crazy ideas that you would like to actualize?

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things on May 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    This looks like such I good idea, you should definitely one day try and do it, I know I would definitely read it!

  2. Hawwa [It Was Lovely Reading You] on May 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    YES AND YES! I had this idea too but it was just as I started college so I thought HECK NO I’d rather pass my exams then make an e-zine. BUT, now you’re doing it and YES PLEASE CAN I HELP CONTRIBUTE ETC ETC. And of course I’d read it too ;)

  3. Pauline on May 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    This is such a great idea! ❤️ Of course I would love to be a contributor or part of it!

  4. Vlora on May 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Oooh, interesting! I don’t really read e-magazines, but I agree with you that most magazines are focused on things I don’t care about too much, so I’d definitely take a look. Especially if there are quizes and fun stuff. :D

    • Christine @ tinesreviews on January 12, 2016 at 2:03 am

      I love to be a part of being a contributor. This is a nice idea Ate! You’re right, there’s no magazines related in books in our country.

  5. Victoria on May 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Ooh, This is such a creative idea. I would love to be able to contribute or be able to participate.

  6. Kay @ It's a Book Life on May 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I would read it and be willing to contribute. What a fun idea to play around with. Good luck!

  7. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination on May 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Ooh, this sounds like a great idea, Hazel! I would love to be a contributor if you decide to go through with this idea-especially because I love writing for magazines. And yes, I get crazy ideas ALL the time. Sometimes I go for them, and sometimes I hold back, but I’m still working on managing it all.

  8. Mariah on May 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I would SO read this!! :)

  9. Beth on May 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I think this sounds like an amazing idea Hazel! It would be amazing to have a magazine that is pitched for the book blogging community – I’d DEFINITELY read it! (Contributing would be a dream, too!)
    Beth x

  10. Alexa S. on May 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Oh! I think this could be such a fun idea. If you need contributors, I’d be happy to jump in and help with that :) Besides, it’s about time we have something fun for readers too when it comes to magazines ;)

  11. Annie on May 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Yes this is such a good idea Hazel! It’s one that I’m definitely 100% on board with. If you did start this, I would totally be a reader and would also be totally open to contributing! :)

  12. Rachel on May 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I’m probably embarrassing myself by saying this, but after I read this post I literally said out loud, “Oh my god, Hazel. You are a brilliant goddess.” Which is basically my way of saying that I think this is an incredible idea! I love magazines (interesting/unique ones, not those awfully bland ones you see every where at the grocery store). I would for sure read it, and would even love to help contribute if that’s something you needed. :)

  13. Angel on May 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    This is a great idea! Lately, I’ve been thinking of contributing some of my works to different e-magazines so I would surely love to contribute to this one! :D And yes, I have crazy ideas that I want to actualize but sometimes I don’t have time to do them. :(

  14. Alex on May 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea! I would totally read a YA e-zine!

  15. Aaliyah on May 15, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Yes yes!!! I would definitely read this and hopefully contribute some really good books to read as well!!!!

  16. Rebecca on May 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    A magazine focused on all things bookish? YES PLEASE. I would totally read that and would even love to contribute, if I could. You know when magazines go on sale and everyone runs out to get a copy to read? I can imagine that with this. Fabulous idea, Hazel! Hope to see it brought to life!!

  17. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales on May 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Amazing idea, luv! I think it will be fabulous if we have such a magazine and I am already looking forward to see what you’ve planned!
    And I’d also love to contribute! Let me know if you think I can help:)

  18. Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions on May 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I was thinking of doing the same thing a few days ago. I think it’s going to be wonderful!! I’d love to contribute as well!

  19. Dana on May 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I actually had the same idea when I first started blogging, but I didn’t think I’d ever be able to pull it off. My school newspaper has slightly less than thirty staffers and it takes us three weeks to put together our monthly paper. I didn’t think I’d have the time to do it.

    Still, I think it’d be amazing. I’d love to be a contributor for writing and design. I think an e-zine would be a great way to combine my love of books and journalism.

  20. Jillian @ Jillian's Books on May 15, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Hazel, I love the idea! And I’d definitely contribute if I could. This would be a fun idea, and I can’t wait for it to happen :D

  21. Amber on May 15, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    This idea sounds fantastic! I definitely wouldn’t mind (please let me!) contributing. :) I agree with you about magazines, at least, ones that aren’t focused (unlike sport, art, photography, cooking, etc) being about fashion and trends and all that. I do love Nylon though, there’s definitely a fashion focus, but it’s not the typical kind really and there’s generally emphasis on music, movies and books a bit too.

  22. Mariz on May 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

    YES! This is a wonderful idea. I’d also love to contribute. :)

  23. Raffy Perez on May 16, 2015 at 12:13 am


    I really hope it pushes through! I’d love to contribute to it!! :)

  24. Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts on May 16, 2015 at 12:15 am

    This sounds pretty rad! If you ever need a guy to rant nonsense about bookish content (or basically anything), I’d be stoked to contribute!


  25. Alyssa on May 16, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I would love to contribute to an e-zine! I’ve written short stories and such for lit mags before, but it would be cool to talk about literary love as well.

  26. Miguel @ The Quirky Reader on May 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    YAS ALL THE WAY HAZEL. Believe me when I say you come up with the coolest ideas ever. That’s a fact. I’ve been a part of my school’s newspaper for a few years now so if you need any contributors/editors for the job, you have my support!

  27. Cait @ Paper Fury on May 16, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I get crazy ideas ALL the time. xD And seriously, my blog drafts box is stuuuuuffed with all these ideas and I barely ever finish them all. I have sticky-notes everywhere with snippets of ideas that don’t make sense later. lol SO YES. If you have big and great ideas and you’re super passionate about it, then go for it. xD I’d read it!

  28. Sophie on May 16, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Great idea! Definitely would read, would eventually be interested in contributing at some point once Imaginary Misadventure is fully up and running.

  29. Trisha Anne on May 16, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I am also thinking about that for the longest time! It will be my pleasure to contribute since I love writing and books! to sum it up it’s such an awesome idea! hope to hear from you soon :)

  30. Alena @ Anatomy of a Booknerd on May 16, 2015 at 4:59 am

    OMG, this is a fantastic idea, Hazel! If you ever decide on working it through, I’d love to be a contributor!

  31. Laura Plus Books on May 16, 2015 at 5:02 am

    This is an absolutely epic idea! I’d love to help out in any way I can. I’m not usually an ideas kind of person but every now and then I do have a lightbulb moment. I’d love to see this idea come to life!

  32. Mel@thedailyprophecy on May 16, 2015 at 5:46 am

    It sounds EPIC. Also, like a lot of work, but I think this could become really big if you handle it right :D

  33. Nickole Jean on May 16, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Omy, such a great idea. I also thought of that once but then again, I realize I can’t pull it off so I want to be a part of it and stay bookish ♡ (pun intended) =)

  34. Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek) on May 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

    AMAZING idea, sign me up as a contributor! R x

  35. Yani on May 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Hi Hazel. This is great! I used to collaborate e-magazines on Tumblr before. We feature Tumblr bloggers who are fashion blogs, mostly street-style blogs. We interview them, etc. Send me an e-mail! I would love to join.

  36. Jessica on May 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Love this idea! I think it’s about time that there’s an e-mag for book lovers that’s easy to connect with and if you ever need any help, feel free to shoot me a message! :) I’d love to contribute or something else!

  37. Chantelle on May 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    This is a great idea! I’m the same: I’m not really into fashion etc., so those sort of magazines don’t really interest me. A magazine focused on books would be great – also including movies would be great, even if it is only book-to-movie adaptations. Oh, and what about music that is book related?

    Great idea! :)

  38. Natalie @ Flowers in my Books on May 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    This is a great idea! I had to do something like this for school work once and it was an awful lot of work but I had so much fun doing it. I’m really interested in doing journalism/writing for a magazine as a career when I’m older so I’d definitely love to contribute :)

  39. Jessica @ Bookish Serendipity on May 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I love this idea! I would definitely read this, and I would be more than happy to contribute.

  40. Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm on May 17, 2015 at 1:20 am

    This is obviously a great idea – see all these comments above! I would totally read it. :)

  41. Rana on May 17, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I love love magazines since ever I was young, and I’ve only rarely read gossip/fashoin magazines. And I think your idea must be a reality,I will wait impatiently until it become one.
    I don’t believe how nobody ever thought about this idea, literally it is the best thing ever.
    Please update us on what you’ll do with the idea.

  42. Kaitlin @ Next Page Please! on May 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This is such a fun idea! I have read few e-zines but the only one I have found related to YA or books is Fandom Monthly Magazine and they were mostly just book to movie adaptations. If you ever do commence with this idea and I would love to join! :)


  43. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit on May 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I’d definitely read this and contribute to it! :D

  44. Lisa (Fic Talk) on May 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This sounds like such a great idea, Hazel! Looking forward to it! If you need any assistance just send me an email. I don’t mind helping out.

  45. Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing on May 22, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Oh, I love this idea. I would definitely be interested in reading such a magazine. I try to check YA news online regularly but it is impossible to read everything. But with magazine I would have all top information together. And yes, I would consider contributing if I had something meaningful to offer from time to time :)

  46. Michelle on May 23, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been complaining for so long that there isn’t a magazine like this! Definitely do it! :D I’d love to read it and be a contributor ^-^

  47. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed on May 24, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Holy shit, yes please! I would love to contribute to the fashion aspect (any element really, but that one the most). My other blog and polyvore link:

  48. Ngoc on May 24, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I’d definitely LOVE a YA e-magazine – what an awesome idea! :)

  49. alivia on May 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I love this idea! I have a hard time finding information on YA books all in one place, so if this magazine could sum up new developments it would be super helpful. I’m excited to read it if you go forward with your plan :)

  50. Angelica @ Paperback Princess on May 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Hazel this is a fantastic idea which I am sure many of us book bloggers will heartily support, I am guaranteeing that Authors and Publishers alike will also want to participate. I cannot believe that no one has done it yet as there are magazines for everything, some topics/subjects even have multiple magazines and personally I think reading as a hobby is really up there with knitting, arts & crafts and scrapbooking.

  51. Emily on June 3, 2015 at 7:59 am

    OMG HAZEL! I love the idea of a YA book e-magazine :3 Honestly, this idea makes me super excited, and if you ever need a co-runner for it, I’d be so stoked to help! :) I’ve been thinking of something along these lines too, so I’d be super excited if it were to happen! :D I could help with illustrations/content and design and stuff :D I know this is an old post, but I’d just like to shout out my support!! :)

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  53. Tory on June 8, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Hello! I read of your idea through Word Revel and I think it’s a wonderful idea! I’ll definitely be interested in reading this and if I’m not sure of what content you might be aiming for — but like what was said above, if I’ve anything I’m capable of to contribute to it, I will definitely be interested. *puts hand up for support* :D

  54. Denita on September 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Since I’m a big YA book addict and love everything YA, I am so excited about this idea!

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  56. Mrs Bule on May 11, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Hi! I I woke up this morning with a Raw idea to make a bookish e-mag. Then I googled abt it and came across with this post.
    Can you tell what was your progress after this? Did you manage to make an e-mag?

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on May 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Yes we did! We’re currently working on our fifth issue already 😊

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