What is a mavin?


You know what a magazine is, though that once clearly definable entity is now growing foggy around the edges.  But what is a mavin? Webster’s New World College Dictionary defines it this way: “An expert or connoisseur, often specifically a self-proclaimed one.” Yes! Self proclaimed! Okay, I may not be an expert, but I’m definitely a connoisseur, a lover of magazines and periodicals of all types.

Although I’ve worked in book and newspaper publishing,  magazines have been my true love, from my years of study at University of Missouri where I majored in journalism with an emphasis in magazines to my many (but who’s counting?) years in secular and Christian magazine publishing to more than two decades as CEO of Magazine Publishing International, an organization dedicated to training and providing resources to Christian periodical publishers in the Developing World.

In this blog, I’ll talk about everything related to magazine publishing, especially Christian magazine publishing. Please feel free to add your own comments, observations, and news. I’d like to get a conversation going about the issues and trends that affect Christians in magazine publishing. Why this blog? To provoke, encourage, and inform those who will go on to strengthen Christian magazine publishing in their own countries. If you are reading this blog, you are probably one of those. If you are adding your own comments, you are undoubtedly one of those who can make sure Christian publishing has a future in your country.

3 thoughts on “What is a mavin?

  1. Sharon, nice to see you give blogging a try. I’ve tried, but can’t seem to get any traction going.

    Any particular reason you used an alternate spelling for a word that seems more commonly to be spelled “maven”?

    To make us ask why? Because it was used more frequently with that spelling in Europe?

    Just curious.

  2. I have had the impression that a maven is a male and a mavin is a female. However, I haven’t seen any recent evidence to that effect. That may be an archaic definition. Webster lists both spellings as correct, though with maven as the first option. So, I am personalizing the word “mavin” as my very own!

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