A Lifestyle Magazine
LifeTimes is a lifestyle magazine designed to share stories, ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and information about how to prosper in life despite the adversity of the registry. Our goal is not to diminish the impact of what was done, nor to complain about the negative consequences of being on a registry. Instead, we recognize that being on a registry presents serious challenges, and that many people have found ways to overcome those challenges.
We begin with a fundamental belief that everyone, including those who have broken some of our most serious social norms and laws, deserves the chance to find joy and happiness in their lives once they have paid their debt to society. Our target audience includes people who live under the burden of public registries, either directly or as the result of being close to someone who is on a registry.
A Professional Magazine
Each issue will include features highlighting those who have prospered in their job, found meaningful relationships, started their own businesses, and found a sense of peace in their lives. In addition, we will provide practical information that anyone can use as they seek to rebuild their lives and move forward, including sections on Arts & Entertainment, Technology, Culinary, Higher Education, Sexuality, Religion, and more. We’ll also include information about local and state-by-state support organizations and events.
LifeTimes magazine will be published quarterly, or 4 times per year, and will be a PRINT ONLY magazine. Initially, each issue will feature 32 pages of full color, professionally designed articles and photos. We will include some advertising, but will operate mostly on subscription fees. We plan to continue fundraising in order to provide a limited number of issues at a discounted rate to those who are unable to afford the full subscription price. We hope to eventually provide compensation for contributors and employment for staff members.
We have put together a “sample” issue, which is shown throughout this write-up. (Click any of the images to see the full sample issue!) If this project is successfully funded, the “sample” issue will form the foundation for our first issue, which we hope to have ready by January 2018. Ideally, we'd like to get 100 subscribers. At very least, in order to move forward with the project, we need to reach our goal of $5,500. This amount would fund the printing and shipping costs of our entire first year of publication. All of the editors and contributors are working on a volunteer basis in order to get the magazine off the ground.
Once launched, a one-year subscription to LifeTimes magazine will cost $35, or $3.49 per month for those who choose to pay in installments. The magazine will be PRINT ONLY and will be mailed in a secure, private envelope. Issues will only be available through subscription—they will not be available in bookstores or on newsstands.
About the Editor
I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which means I’m a dissertation away from having my PhD in Sociology. My dissertation, like my Master’s thesis, focuses on the struggles faced by individuals as a result of being listed on a public registry. You can read samples of my academic work at Acadamia.edu.
I currently run three for-profit companies, and two non-profit companies. I spent many years in the business sector as an executive in the Information Technology field. I am also a father to a brilliant daughter who is finishing her music degree with a major in vocal music. In my free time, I am an avid theater buff and am very active in local community theater.
In my advocacy work, I am bombarded with stories about the difficulties faced by those who are on the registry. But I’m also constantly impressed with the people who find success and happiness in life, despite being listed on a public registry. I decided those stories need to be told, and people need to know they can find joy and happiness in life despite the adversities of public registries. That is why I created LifeTimes magazine.
I, too, have struggled in many ways, so I always appreciate hearing success stories, as well as insights from people who have found ways to overcome the many challenges of being on a registry. I’m so excited to share those stories and insights with you.
Every Contribution Helps
Even if you are not on a public registry, but you believe in the principle of “second chances,” I hope you will contribute to our efforts. If you would like to contribute but don’t necessarily wish to subscribe, you can do that by just not redeeming the voucher for a year’s subscription (offered to those who contribute $35 or more). Or you can simply choose the option to contribute without a thank you gift.
Please enjoy the sample edition shown above. All contributors will receive a PDF of this sample edition, as well as other Thank You gifts listed on this page. We sincerely appreciate your contribution to this important project.
A Note about Thank You Subscriptions
Once the project is funded, anyone who contributes $35 or more will receive a voucher good for a 1-year subscription. (For a $25 contribution, you will receive a voucher for 1 issue.)
You must redeem this voucher on our subscription page (which will be set up once we are funded) in order to be subscribed. You will not be automatically subscribed, since we will need mailing information in order to subscribe you. You will receive detailed instructions on how to redeem your voucher and become a subscriber.
The voucher is transferable, so you can always give someone a subscription as a gift! Want multiple subscriptions? All you need to do is make multiple contributions of at least $35 each. You will receive a voucher for EACH contribution of $35 or more.
About the Sample Issue
We put together the sample issue just to show you the high quality of the magazine. All of the articles in the sample issue will also appear in the first issue (shooting for January 2018). The table of contents in the sample issue is just a sample - some of the items listed may or may not appear in the first issue. You can view the entire sample issue by clicking any of the sample pages in this write up.
- 32-pages (including cover)
- Physical Dimensions: 8 1/8 X 10 3/8 (standard)
- Saddle stitched
- Published quarterly
- Annual subscription rate, $35
- Monthly installments option, $3.49/month
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for any new venture such as this one is that of the business failing. The Editor-in-Chief and founder of LifeTimes magazine runs several successful for-profit organizations, as well as two non-profit organizations. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and previously worked as an executive in the Information Technology field in the business world. We are confident that he has the skills to make this business a success.
One of the challenges we will face in putting this magazine together is in finding stories from successful people who are on a public registry. It’s not that there are not a lot of successful people out there, but the challenge will be finding them. The fact that they are listed on a registry means they tend to avoid the limelight. We plan to overcome this challenge by using the wide social network of support organizations throughout the country as a way to get the word out about our magazine and solicit success stories. In addition, we will cull the news on a daily basis for relevant stories.
Another challenge is in telling stories about people who, because of being on a registry, are very protective of their anonymity. As we have done with the sample issue, we are able to effectively tell people’s story while using pseudonyms and changing identifying details. In addition, through the use of creative photography, we can include vivid, full-color photos while still protecting the identity of the people we are showcasing.
Finally, as with any magazine, we will have the challenge of finding subscribers. However, with nearly a million people in the U.S. listed on public registries, and many more who support them, including family members, friends, lawyers, treatment providers, and others, we believe that we will have a very large base of potential subscribers to draw from. We will reach them using a combination of emails through various support organizations and direct marketing using publicly available information. Our ambitious goal is 100,000 subscribers within the first 3 years.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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