You've heard of Esquire, Marie Claire and Vogue, magazines with thousands of readers and subscribers.
But you may not know that there are smaller publications out there that are also sustaining themselves.
Here are some publications that have probably flown under your radar.
1. Portable Restroom Operator
Yes, there is an entire publication that discusses industry issues related to porta-potties.
Since 2004, PRO has delivered up-to-date information on news, trends, products and services to everyone who rents or installs portable restrooms and sanitation systems.
The November 2014 issue includes a preview of next year’s industry trade show, provides tips on how to please users with special amenities such as gender-specific portable restrooms and profiles a successful fourth-generation sanitation professional in southeastern Minnesota. A compact hose reel, portable vacuum system and 12-volt washdown pump are just a few of the products mentioned.
2. Girls and Corpses
It's the only publication in the world (that we know of) that combines comedy and cadavers. Founded by Deaditor-in-Chief Robert Steven Rhine, the magazine describes itself as a mash-up between Maxim andDawn of the Dead. It caters to fans of music, comics and attractive women, releasing 33,000 issues on a quarterly basis to its readers and subscribers.
Those of you concerned about the dead bodies can rest assured that using them is completely legal. All of the corpses are borrowed — primarily from Guam, South America and Eastern China — and treated with Coca-Cola, fructose, limestone powder and Spray 'N Wash before replacing their insides with plastic. After the photo shoots, the corpses are returned and used for medical research or other commercial pursuits.
Stars who have graced the cover of the magazine include former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham and reality TV star Courtney Stodden, fiancée of actor Doug Hutchison.
3. Private Islands Magazine
If you have to ask how much the private island costs, you probably can't afford it.
Twice a year, Private Islands Magazine publishes an issue with at least112 pages and gives a celebrity guest editor the chance to add his or her insight into the benefits of purchasing or renting your very own island.
If only we all had the option of claiming the Caribbean's Calivigny Island (available for $24,763 per night) or Canada's Reef Island ($8,723,947) as home sweet home.
4. The Mountain Astrologer
TMA covers everything you ever wanted to know about astrology and can be found in more than 2000 locations across the world.
Six times a year, the magazine releases new forecasts, feature stories and astrological data for students and industry professionals.
As of 2012, TMA had 7,780 print subscribers.
5. Modern Farmer
One of the newest print magazines, Modern Farmer has quickly become a success. Earlier this year, it beat out household names GQ, Vanity Fairand New York Magazine to win the National Magazine Award.
As its title suggests, the quarterly magazine's articles are written for anyone interested in the movement towards greater awareness about how food is produced.
6. Tropical Fish Hobbyist
Tropical fish lovers have turned to TFH for more than 60 years. For these readers, aquariums aren't meant to be visited every few years — they're part of their daily lives.
The magazine compiles news and information for hobbyists across the globe at all experience levels. Article topics include common mistakes made by new aquarists and tips on how to breed killfish and introduce fish to aquariums.
7. Miniature Donkey Talk
Donkey experts Bonnie and Mike Gross launched this publication nearly 25 years ago, originally as a three-page newsletter.
The quarterly magazine is the go-to publication about caring for miniature donkeys, choosing the appropriate type of hay and finding all the products that meet the needs of owners.
Over time, the Gross family has thinned its herd. At one point it owned 85 miniature donkeys, but recently brought that number down to 15.
8. Teddy Bear & Friends
This magazine is for anyone who's deeply invested in stuffed animals and serves as a comprehensive resource filled with teddy bears from different artists, detailed advice for collectors and a glance at how specific teddy bears are created.
Two years ago, the publication merged with the Teddy Bear Review, allowing the partners to enjoy a larger readership and giving readers content six times a year rather than four.
9. Pen World
Covering the "universe of writing culture," Pen World has been around for more than two decades, for those who produce — and use — the best inks and writing utensils.
With a worldwide audience that has reached over 100,000, there are plenty of folks who can't get enough of their fine pens.
10. Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal
Most people have something made of leather, be it a purse, jacket, gloves or pair of boots. Yet, not everyone can create or design leather materials.
Listed as a consumer magazine in the 2014 Writer's Market, it offers the latest news and explains how to craft your own boots, saddle and shoes.
There's even a handy 21 x 31 inch pattern in every issue, ready to be used for leatherwork.
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