The Publisher : Among the Best

Among The Best


As the publisher of a monthly lifestyle magazine, my time is often spent analyzing layouts, critiquing story ideas and fielding sales calls. And while the weeks and months may prove to be a bit chaotic from time to time, holding the finished magazine in my hand month after month makes all the hard work worth it.

Ocala Style was recently honored with five Florida Magazine Association awards, including one in the Best Overall Magazine category for publications with a circulation between 20,000 and 50,000. Being in a higher circulation category than any other local publication, it’s quite a feat that we placed in the Best Overall Magazine category, especially considering this is the first time we’ve ever entered to compete in that particular category—a category that also features plenty of well-known, high-circulation and national publications.

As the largest magazine association in the country, the FMA received nearly 800 entries this year, no doubt making it especially difficult for the judges to reach their conclusions. In addition to the Best Overall Magazine category, we also received awards in the following categories: Best Photographic Essay, Best Cover, Best Feature Design and Best Advertorial Section.

I would like to personally thank our dedicated and creative staff for their hard work month after month. It takes a team to put together a successful magazine, and we have a great one! I would also like to thank our advertisers for their continued support. Finally, thanks to our readers! Your excitement for each new issue keeps us on our toes and encourages us to make each issue even better than the last.

Don’t forget this month wraps up our beach giveaway. Visit any of the locations listed on page 97 for your chance to win a relaxing, pampering weekend away. Winners will be announced in the beginning of October.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page as well! We have lots of fun and exciting giveaways planned for the remainder of the year. We’ll give you a hint… the toys are already rolling in.


Until Next Time,


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