Well I’ve still got the grown-up job at du Pré plc but I’m now also back in the saddle of a launch publication. BMF Magazine is the new member title for the British Marine Federation – a double bonus for me as I spent many happy times working with this trade body a few years back.
I’ve previously edited consumer and business-to-business publications; this one is a bit different again, working directly for an organisation. While that will clearly mean there is some influence over content and tone the brief is also to keep the writing objective and not too introspective. Plus we’re looking for imagery that doesn’t put us completely into the camp of mimicking other marine magazines out there, which is quite an ambition (although I think we made a good start with the first issue cover).
I must admit it’s been a bit of a job getting everything together – but feedback on the first issue is positive so far and I’m looking forward to producing at least three editions in 2013.