Publisher, Betty Irabor shares the struggles of her early days in publishing
By Sewe Ishola
As at become something of a tradition with the publisher of Genevieve magazine, Betty Irabor, she has a word of Monday motivation for her followers on Instagram.
This time, she shared the story of how her magazinehad survived the struggles of the early days and had stood the test of time.
See what she shared:
“Monday Motivation..God doesn’t always show us the big picture because we may quit before we even start.
As a young writer/journalist in National Concord in the 80s ( I was told I wasn’t a journalist because I didn’t study journalism) I was privileged to attend many magazine launches. I could however not understand why most of those pretty magazines didn’t survive beyond 6 editions until I became a magazine publisher.!!! Ah Ah!
By the third edition I was ready to join the statistics of still birth magazines. I finally understood the complexities involved in magazine publishing especially for a non journalist and a publisher who learnt on the job. It was tough trying to get people to buy into a new culture of reading a lifestyle magazine when all they wanted was a “photo album” and a gossip mag.
We battled with a lack of proper distribution net work, the distribution mafia, high cost of production, advertisers pessimism, readers apathy and substandard printing. For our first issue we printed 5000 copies and 3000 copies were returned unsold; an agent made away with our N3m and one particular edition was smuggled out of the printing press and sold illegally.. We caught the criminals and handed them to the police who extorted us even more.
By the second year I was ready to give it all up! I actually penned my valedictory editorial in tears..then i shredded it! I didn’t want Genevieve to be another magazine that was here! Unexpectedly, things began to look up.. We sold more than our advertising ratio of 40% readership and our numbers shot up! Our account went from red to black..
It has not been a smooth journey but we have stayed the course…Do same!
Every copy of Genevieve is a labour of love powered by passion and a committed team who are ready to take over from me now.
We are pleased about the number of people who went from reading their mothers copies of Genevieve as teenagers to buying their own own copies as young adults, mothers and even grannies.
Wherever you go as our reader we go too…most of you are online now and so are we and even more in the coming year as we spin off a brand you helped build since 2003.”