I Published My First Magazine | Risk 23 Series

Publishing My First Magazine

So, I have some exciting news! This is perhaps one of my biggest risks I have ever taken. I have published my first magazine! I am so excited about this because it’s a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Along the way, there were definitely bumps in the road that delayed me from publishing it sooner than I wanted to. However, the time has come and I am so happy to share this with you all! Check out this page for more information on how to buy it and who were all the contributors!

How was your day/week?

This project has taken months to complete so I’m not sure how to answer this question! However, today has been extremely exciting!

What did you do?

I published my first magazine! Like I said, it’s been so so long of a process. I think I started this project back in February of 2017. However, even before then I wanted to publish a magazine on my own.

Publishing my first magazine

Did you learn anything new about yourself?

I learned truly how much of a perfectionist I am. However, I think a little bit of perfectionism is needed when the risk you’re taking could go wrong! Throughout the process, I looked at every little thing. I think many writers will say that the first draft is always the worst and then it gets better. That’s kind of what I learned here. Although the first draft of the magazine wasn’t horrible, I did keep noticing things that I wanted to tweak here and there.

How did you feel about this risk before?

So, I was so intimidated to publish my first magazine. I had been involved before with newspapers and other publications. However, I’ve never done something like this one my own. So, publishing my first magazine was truly something that seemed like it was so far in the distance for me. I never thought this day would come!

How do you feel about this risk now?

I think after publishing my first magazine, it is a lot less intimidating than I thought. I’m always second-guessing myself, but now I know what I should do in the future. I definitely think that anticipation is the worst part, but taking this risk was worth it.

Why did you pick this risk?

So, as I mentioned, this risk was something that I’ve wanted to do for such a long time! It started because I just wanted to find my voice. I will forever be a writer at heart. Honestly, I write all the time! I write short stories, I write for school, and I write for my blog. You would think I would be exhausted with writing! So, when trying to find my voice, I knew I wanted to do a publication. Additionally, at the time, I had a conversation with a friend about the arts and how we felt that they weren’t as valued as science or math fields. From that, I got the idea for the first issue of Girl In Gamba magazine!

Would you take this risk again?

You know, after thinking I had finished with the magazine so many times, I thought that I would never do it again. However, when I got the print in the mail, I fell in love. It was like meeting your baby for the first time. So, I think I would do it again.

Additional comments?

If there’s one thing this series has taught me it’s that taking risks seem scarier than they actually are. Being scared to fail is one of my biggest problems. So, I don’t know if many people are going to buy the magazine, but I don’t even think that matters. What I’ve learned is that if it’s something you truly want to do, believe in yourself and do it.

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  1. This is truly amazing! The aesthetics of the magazine are simple, clean but is still intriguing. You must be so happy that this project is complete and you can start planning for Volume 2! Congratulations!

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