After the dust had settled on Issue One of The Paperbook Collective, several people told me that it would be a pretty difficult task to keep up the momentum and quality each month.
This is so true.
I think it is absolutely essential that the magazine keeps moving forward, rather than stagnating, so I have been brainstorming ways of achieving this.
The idea that I landed upon today was prompted by the number of emails and comments I get from people who are not quite sure what to submit. They like the concept, they like the magazine, but deciding what to contribute is a bit overwhelming. I totally get that. Each month, it is difficult for me to decide what to put in: something original, something unique, something a little different to the month before.
So I thought, why don’t we narrow it down a bit?
Why don’t we have a theme each month?
I am really interested to know what you all think of this, because obviously it is you who decide whether or not to bother clicking on that magazine link. Obviously, The Paperbook Collective being what it is, a theme could be interpreted in literally thousands of different ways. Everyone is going to translate the theme in their own way, but the initial prompt might be there.
Themes could be anything from the ‘me’ theme, the ‘big’ theme, the ‘green’ theme, the ‘technology’ theme, the ‘love’ theme, to the ‘young’ theme, the ‘fantasy’ theme…so on, so forth. These aren’t amazing but you get where I am going with this.
For anyone who is worried that this will narrow down the scope of their submissions, please know that when I say it can be interpreted in any way, I really mean ANY WAY, limited only by your imagination.
This is just an idea, so I would really appreciate your opinion in the comments.
Do you like this idea?
Does it freak you out?
Do you have any awesome suggestions for themes?
I’m thinking that they should really only be one word sort of concepts, just to allow for a multitude of interpretations and ideas.
Over to you, Paperbook people.
You take the reins from here.
P.S. I have had some awesome submissions over the past few days for Issue Four, but there is plenty of room for your work. So finish it off and get it in. Yes, that means you.