When I first enrolled into the Publishing Workshop, I had no idea what to expect. I thought it would be another one of those Creative Writing workshopping classes, and the final ‘published project’ was a graded project and nothing more. Now I have to admit that, the first time I ever saw an issue of Portal magazine was the very first day of class when the 2012 issue was passed around. I knew that it was now up to my 19 or so classmates to create a magazine more amazing than the last one. We succeeded. This year’s issue of Portal is outstanding, and I’m so proud to have been apart of the publishing team behind it.
I took on the role of the Advertising Manager. My responsibility was to make sure ads were sold, invoices were collected, and payment was received, as well as making sure all the ads were the correct size within the magazine and all ads were accounted for. Now, some would say ads in a literary magazine would taint its pages. Most literary magazines don’t have advertisements, but unfortunately our budget didn’t afford us that luxury. Along with Brendan, our Business Manager, and with the help of several other members of the Portal 2013 team, we collected enough advertisements to meet our quota. Although there were less ads collected for this years issue—some would say that is a positive, as less pages contain advertisements—it was an extremely rewarding experience. I am so proud to be part of the Portal 2013 team and I’m looking forward to seeing the final product we all worked so hard to complete. Thanks to everyone who was involved. It was a huge success.
Javan Johnson, Advertising Manager