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Old 17 July 2010, 11:27   #21
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Here's a link to a magazine produced by a specialist flying group I belong to. The magazine is produced entirely from articles submitted by members and is perhaps a good example of how a new magazine might be published on a cost effective basis.

http://www.pplir.org/index.php?optio...d=42&Itemid=37

You can access the older editions without being a member.
Thanks for the heads up. Ill look at it latter when in front of computer.

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Old 17 July 2010, 11:27   #22
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As I put in the other thread, great idea. One point though, we do have the net on the boat, in the car and in the loo!!! I use my iPhone to read rib net and books and the news when early for a meeting waiting in the car, waiting on the boat for fish and waiting on the loo for.. well you get the picture.

Technology is moving on v quickly and the stats for under 30s buying any form of paper based journalism is shocking.

Hence some of the newspaper sites are charging for full content on line. Paper sales have slumped. The news you read in the morning paper is outdated, as many have read the news on their phone at breakfast, which is 4 hrs more up to date, the hijacker has already died by 9am

As you say though, nothing ventured nothing gained.
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Old 17 July 2010, 11:50   #23
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I think the thing with mags is its there for reference in the future. I've got a pile of old magazines (ask Rogue Wave) which have decent articles to refer back to.
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Old 17 July 2010, 12:21   #24
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You should do a search on the forum - this topic comes up almost annually.

Firstly, let me say I'll buy it, at least for the first issue or two until such time as someone posts a new thread here suggesting that all the RIB magazines on the market are crap. I'm a fairly regular RI, and SB&R reader and have contributed to SB&R in the past. I completely agree with most of the common criticisms of both magazines, but I also accept that they have to keep both subscribers and advertisers happy.

Whilst I appreciate that you don't think it demands a fancy glossy mag - Id suggest it does - and with some competent graphic design too, if it is to get a readership beyond those who already frequent this site. Good quality photography is almost essential to a quality boating mag, and that demands good quality printing.

However, the biggest challenge I think you will face is maintaining momentum. Doing it for nothing more than the love of it and yet still sticking to production deadlines so that it comes out o4n-time regularly when the job that pays your mortgage is making other demands on our time (and finding time to get afloat yourself) is not trivial.

There's a lot more to consistently pulling together a magazine with quality content on a regular basis than most of us probably realise. Its probably a full time job, that means you need serious advertising content to fund that. Advertisers will expect a quality publication with a wider readership.
All good points Polwart. I work in publishing for a newspaper, but we also have experience of producing glossy magazines. As a rough cost - a 36 page A4 publication (4pp 150gsm cover) and (32pp text 115gsm inside) will cost around the 3,500 mark for around 15,000 units. Add a gloss laminate to the cover and you can probably add another 1k.

Then there's the editorial and design costs, administration, accounts, etc. From an advertising point of view, we deal with national agencies, and we're currently experiencing the biggest downturn in revenue from blue-chip customers since the 80s, so goodness knows what it would be like for a new publisher. Advertisers want to know all about production runs, distribution, target audience, advertising rates, etc, either printed or available online.

This sort of venture needs capital, and lots of it. While I agree the market could use a RIB magazine that has a more 'enthusiast feel', it would be suited to a company or entrepreneur that's in it for the long haul.
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Old 17 July 2010, 14:09   #25
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All good points Polwart. I work in publishing for a newspaper, but we also have experience of producing glossy magazines.
is that, you will approach your company to see if they will assist with printing ????

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I wish you luck in this venture and like so many others, I would willingly purchase.
I like real life articles about maintainance, self builds, strip downs and "How to" type pieces.
I would like to see honest tests of new products, take a leaf out of the Top Gear magazine and actually print what you think of the boat. I cancelled my subscription to Rib International when they wrote how poorly the Rayglass was, only to praise it a couple of issues later.
This might make you unpopular initially, but if you stick at it, you will find that eventually they will compete for your opinions.
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i'm in, i can add a huge amount of practical knowledge to your cause, talk to me, 07946 ******** info@customrib.com

Hi Biffer

I'll be in contact during the week.

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Glenn,

As has been said, this comes up a lot but you are the first to stick your head above the parapet and say you'll get it started

Anyway, I've been on here a while, but have not been around much over the last year or so due to various reasons. Those old school solent members will know that I'm a bit of a keen bean when it comes to photography. I'd be keen to get involved and if you need any stock pics for it I can help you out. There are a few on my website but you'll find more lurking around on various threads on here. I think I started a photo essay thread ages ago with a bunch of my favourite pics.

As far as the magazine goes, here are a few of my thoughts...
Going straight into print is going to be a bit problematic. Are you thinking of just doing a run of a few hundred and sending out copies to people on here to start with? I assume you aren't thinking of going straight into full production and distribution in news agents?

I know there is a lot to be said about having a magazine to hold and put on the coffee table/next to the bog but I think the best way to go for now is to produce a web magazine. I know people can just look at RIBnet but stay with me...

I know a couple of people who have set up online magazines. One is a mountain bike mag and the other was a kitesurfing mag. The bike mag is just in PDF format so you could print it out easy enough, the kite mag is flash based with interactive videos and stuff (good for RIB "how to's") and has actually now progressed so far and got enough advertising revenue that its now available in print. I think this is the way to go, produce a web mag to see how the first few issues go in terms of getting material, adverts etc. and gauge the response. It won't cost anything other than web hosting and time, assuming contributors will do so for free (contributions however can't be expected to be obtained for free if the mag makes decent money through advertising).

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see how thing develop, sounds really interesting.

Cheers,

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sorry forgot to mention...

A point about online mags. I don't think they can be too wordy. No one wants to sit in front of a computer for hours reading a PDF. Lots of visuals, great pics and to-the-point articles that get the job done in not too many pages. Despite the limitations of the online approach, I still think its the way forward for testing the water...
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Glenn,

As has been said, this comes up a lot but you are the first to stick your head above the parapet and say you'll get it started

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see how thing develop, sounds really interesting.

Cheers,

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Hi Tim

Thanks for the offer. As previously stated I earnt a living for some time as pro photographer but being stuck over here in the east of Kent I am a long way from the main plau area of the Solent. Any input you can offer will be greatly received.

As for the web mag idea, this is really what I had in mind. Start in a format that can be online or printed. Allow for circulation to grow a little to encourage some advertising interest and then go into print proper. That said what is really getting the interest is the ability of folk to be able to lock themselves in the loo and read, or keep fo the article that may be of use on months to come. As the other commenter stated earlier, i have piles of mags that i have collected over the years that drive my wife insane. Thousands fo irrelevant adverts of stuff that I will never even consider buying but tow pages of useful stuff that I know ill need "one day"

Might just have to dip my hand in my pocket and see what transpires.

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