According to the article Start Your Own Magazine, 1,000 new magazines are published each year. Of this number, 90% will fail, usually right after the first issue has been distributed. The remaining percentage acquires more success, allowing the owner to return a steady profit.
So, what makes the 10% of successful magazines different from the 90% of unsuccessful ones? Well, sometimes it’s an issue of budget and celebrity status. For example, the Magazine ‘O’ has received massive popularity. But, unlike most startup magazines, ‘O’ has the backup of a billionaire… Oprah Winfrey. She has the money and fame to get it marketed through every advertising venue available. Beginning magazine owners just won’t have that type of pr power.