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?

59 Responses

  1. 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 ;)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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 ;)

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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. :)

  8. 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. :(

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

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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

  17. 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 :)

  18. 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!

  19. 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) =)

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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! :)

  23. 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 :)

  24. 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.

  25. 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! :)


  26. 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 :)

  27. 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 ^-^

  28. 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 :)

  29. 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.

  30. 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!! :)

  31. 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

  32. 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?

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