You know what a magazine is, though that once clearly definable entity is now growing foggy around the edges. (See the first post on this blog). 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.