Starting a New Magazine

By : PPA Communications

Afternoon Seminar and Panel Session on Starting a New Magazine - 30 March

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Now that the worst of winter is over and we’ve a bit more spring in our step it’s time to start thinking about how to get that creative idea that’s been lingering, off the ground and onto the shelves.

Join us and an expert panel of successful magazine publishers as they share their experiences of publishing new magazines.

What will the seminar cover?

We've invited 4 magazine publishers from an array of different backgrounds that have published exciting titles in different ways. This seminar will give you an insight into how they started their journey and turned their ideas into a successful magazines.

The panel will consist of:

New magazine publisher 404 Ink, a new, alternative independent publisher who launched their first issue ‘Error’ in November 2016, and their more recent publication ‘Nasty Women’ after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign which raised over twenty thousand pounds in under three days!

One the UK’s leading media organisations, DC Thomson, will be talking about their new glossy multi-platform video game magazine created for children aged 8-12 years old, '110% Gaming', after identifying a gap in the market for a trusted gaming magazine for younger gamers.

We will also hear from content marketing agency White Light Media, who publish UK drinks magazine 'Hot Rum Cow'. First published in 2012, this collectable 'bookazine' was created to celebrate the world of drinks by exploring brand stories and the people behind them. The magazine also acts as a promotional tool for White Light Media, showcasing their design and marketing talents.  

The session will be moderated by Sam Bradley and Bethany Thompson of Counterpoint, who published their online first magazine in 2013 and went on to produce their first printed version in 2015. Counterpoint is a quarterly independent magazine featuring original writing and illustration. Each issue has a unique theme which contributors respond to with their own ideas, resulting in an eclectic array of quality content. 

Panel Q&A

  • How an established publisher gets a new product off the ground
  • How a new publisher gets a new product off the ground
  • Discovering a gap in the market
  • The different routes to market
  • Routes to funding

Who is it for?

This seminar is suitable for all publishers who need information and inspiration in producing new titles. We've planned a diverse panel of established and new publishers in order to cater to all levels.


30 March, 3 - 5.30pm


Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, Leith

How much?

Free for PPA members, £100+VAT for non-members, £25+VAT for students or freelancers

How do I book?

Please book through Eventbrite or for information on membership please contact PPA Scotland Business Manager Ruth Grindley on

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