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Being Published ... Let's Lay It Out
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DeborahL591
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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:24:42 AM
Many moons ago Lemonade Stand (i think that was her) had a wonderful document that she shared here to help pubster get into publishing scrapbook pages with magazines. I would love to see us have a new document ... thread ... that does the same except now we face new challenges with less paper publications and more online publications. I would like to dedicate this post for everyone to chime in on their best advice on how to be published and questions to be answered if you want to published.

Where do you start?


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Posted: 2/1/2013 5:59:12 AM
I started by identifying which magazines or ezines accepted submissions, then by familiarizing myself with the content of those magazines so I would know what sorts of projects each publication liked.

Then create a lot! Use new products. Be trendy. Then submit, submit, submit. Pay attention to what the call asks for. Can you put a new twist on it?

Don't be discouraged. You will get projects turned down. It's the nature of the business. It's not unlike actors auditioning for roles. It doesn't mean your stuff isn't wonderful. But maybe the magazine was looking for something a little different. Or maybe they had 10 wonderful projects that were all similar but could only print 1. The editors have to make tough decisions.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:19:27 AM
This is great....thanks. Here are a few questions ...

How long do you wait for a reply before submitting it to another publication? or posting it publicly?

How do you list supplies? What do you do if you can't identify a certain product?

What size should the photo of the project be? Should you send a few close ups as well?

What do you do if the photo contains people other than maybe myself or my kids? Do you need their permission?

If I have a novel idea can/should I submit outside of a certain call?

Where is the best list (and links) of publications out there?

What is the biggest "no-no"?

Just a few questions ....


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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:47:00 AM
Most of the major publications have gone to an online form for submissions: Paper Crafts, Creating Keepsakes, Northridge Magazines and others. Those forms will answer a lot of your questions, ie what size to submit, whether (or not) to send close-ups, etc. You can view the forms on the magazine websites. The answers vary widely, publication to publication. Creating Keepsakes, for example, wants submissions to be no larger than 500 x 500 whereas PaperHaus Magazine wants submissions to be at least 1500 x 1500. Check the rules on each form so you know.

Generally, acceptance emails are sent out within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.

Keep good records of the supplies used in each project as you make it because you will be asked if picked up for pub.

Do not submit photos of minors without parental consent. Also, don't submit photos taken by someone other than yourself without consent. Some magazines require written consent for minors and professional photos.

There isn't one central place to find all the calls but you can find some publication calls listed at DT Calls.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:30:34 AM
I agree with everything that's been said here, with the key being don't give up. There are so many variables that go into putting a magazine issue together and we, as the contributors, don't know what editors are truly looking for (despite the fact that they have a specific call) in terms of look, continuity, etc. So yes, submit, submit, submit (and don't get bogged down in the self-speak that tells you you're not good enough). You'll never know unless you try.

There have been times when I'm not quite sure what to send in for a certain call so I email the publication and ask. Don't be afraid to use the email addresses provided on the publication's web site. Creating Keepsakes has a contact and email address listed after each and every call they post. If I feel that I've interpreted a call a bit differently than what I think they are asking for, I add a note to my submission highlighting what it is about my project that fits their call but may be a bit "outside the box".

I submit my projects to any and all publications currently having a call that fits the bill. There have been times I have had to politely say that a project was picked up by another publication. I post my projects (to my blog and here on 2Peas) about one month after the issue comes out.

Once I finish a project, I write up a supply list in an email to myself (attaching the project to the email). I file the emails in mailboxes in my email program (by theme). This way I reduce the chances of forgetting a product that I used. If I don't remember something, I list it as "unknown".

I save my files at 600x600 pixels. Most magazines request this size, although there are some that want 500x500 and yet others that want you to go big (1500x1500). I don't send in any close ups unless they are specifically requested in the call OR I feel there's something that needs to be highlighted.

Most publications have a "showcase" or "reader submissions" call for each issue, so if you have something you think is special, then definitely send it in even if there's no specific call for it.

DT Calls (link posted above in Izzy's post) offers a great compilation of current calls (magazines, as well as manufacturers and design team calls). Specific magazine calls can be found here:

Creating Keepsakes
Scrapbook and Cards Today
All Northridge Publications (Scrapbook Trends, CARDS, Cricut, Create, etc.)
Paper Crafts

Some magazines work on an editorial calendar that they share with contributors if you ask for it. So, if you see a magazine you'd like to work with, and their calls are not on their web site, email the editor and ask for a copy.

What is the biggest "no-no"? I'm not sure there are any real faux pas, but poor photography is not going to show your work in its best light. Take quality photos of your work.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:12:54 AM
This could use some updating but the my list is interactive so everyone can add resources about getting published. I'd love the collaboration!

http://www.squidoo.com
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:23:09 AM
Angela, your link isn't working.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:23:22 AM
Oopsies. I'm out of practice!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:33:38 AM
Something to remember, is that if a project isn't picked up at one point, it may be picked up if you try again later. What is chosen is not only based on your project, but whatever else has been submitted. Re-submit it if it meets another call. I've had this happen a couple of times with layouts and cards.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:42:54 AM
The no-no part... This is a personal opinion...

I think there's a reason there are so many calls with the 'no drama' requirement... I am sure it applies to pubs. I think it's really important to be polite and consistent. Make sure that your project shows up in a timely manner and well protected. Make sure you address all of the requirements. I think that projects may be less likely to be picked up for pub if there is a lot of drama attached to every interaction.



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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:01:32 AM
I couldn't agree with you more about the "no drama" requirement, Sarah. I've heard many a horror story.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 6:27:10 PM
This is all Great!


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Posted: 2/3/2013 10:59:09 AM
This is so helpful!!! I have never been published but have just started submitting a few layouts in. I'm so new to this so bare with me please. What does "no-drama" mean? and what is HOF?


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Posted: 2/3/2013 11:14:21 AM
Tracie HOF is Hall of Fame, which is not done anymore. "No drama" I'm not sure .... I would suppose that making it more complicated than it has to be during the submission process. Maybe someone could give a general example.


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Posted: 2/4/2013 3:52:17 PM
I agree with how Sarah described the "no drama" in pubs. Just being polite and courteous in replies and getting projects in on time versus waiting until the last minute and making it late, thus making the process on the magazine's end behind as well.

Great advice given so far on getting published. The biggest one is to keep trying. With each magazine I tried for months and sometimes years before getting picked up. Even after getting picked up, you can have a "dry spell" and not get another project picked up for months.

I normally don't include detail photos unless it is technique driven and something different. Calls receive so many submissions that detail photos often don't get looked at anyway.

I normally wait 2-3 weeks before posting my layout on my blog or in a gallery after the submission deadline. I have had a couple of times that the day I post it it gets picked up so I just remove it immediately!



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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:38:35 PM
Great info, thanks so much!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:00:14 PM
This is great information! Very helpful for those of us still waiting for our first pub!


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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:00:41 PM
Hi,

I just created a blog post about this very topic! You are welcome to check it out here: http://gluemeetspaper.blogspot.com. Good luck submitting!!


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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:57:26 AM
Thank you Cassie!

Another question....
How do you submit photos of a mini-book to a call? If they would rather not be inundated with many photos what is the best practice for this?


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Posted: 2/9/2013 2:20:38 PM

How do you submit photos of a mini-book to a call?


Debby, I do a 4-square collage and save it at the same size as I would for a 12x12 page (which is 600x600).


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Posted: 2/9/2013 5:39:35 PM
that's a great idea...i just discovered or figured out how to do that on Picasa.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:24:03 PM
Picmonkey.com is another place to try and super easy to use.


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Posted: 2/14/2013 12:57:19 PM
Great advice everyone. Thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 2/14/2013 9:02:31 PM
I guess I just get discouraged easily! It's not that I haven't been pubbed...just a couple of times. Everyone always says that photography is key, which I have WORKED hard on and I think it shows. Both in my project pictures AND in the pictures on my projects.

But then I get bummed when I see people getting multiple submissions requests for calls that I submitted to and their project photos just don't seem to be that well taken. (and this goes for people getting on to teams also) I know it's all a "toss in the air" of whether your layout fits the call, or there might be one thing that keeps your layout from getting in vs. another one.

It just can be a bummer sometimes! I just try to figure out what I need to do and when I think I have it figured out, I don't! LOL

If anyone has ANY tips at all for me, feel free to Peamail me or email me! I would love to hear them!!!!

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Posted: 2/14/2013 9:04:47 PM
Great thread!


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Posted: 2/18/2013 8:11:28 PM
Thanks for all the great advice, links and info!!! Now it's time to get busy and stay positive for a newbie to getting pub area. It's something I've always read about, just never did pursue. Tks everyone!! N


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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:00:10 PM
So if I've already blogged a project of mind then I can never submit it? It seems like they are pretty strict about it bring on the Internet previously to being pubbed


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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:30:30 PM
Another question... When listing your ingredients how do you list the company? Example: if you are using Tim Holtz's pins, philosophy tags, etc do you list Tim Holtz name of the product, Idea-ology name of product or Advanus name of product. The reason I ask I was reading the list of ingredients for a layout in CK and they listed all the Tim Holtz idea-ology under Advantus. So I am trying to figure out how far do we go...all the way to the parent company?


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Posted: 2/21/2013 7:47:02 AM
Yes, if there's an artist's name on a product, I note the manufacturer name too. In Tim Holtz's case, the manufacturer could be Ranger, Advantus, Stampers Anonymous, etc. And the manufacturer's name is what manufacturers want to see in the pub.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 9:18:03 AM

So if I've already blogged a project of mind then I can never submit it? It seems like they are pretty strict about it bring on the Internet previously to being pubbed


Not necessarily. Some magazines prefer never before seen projects and others don't mind if it's been online (on your blog, in a gallery, etc.) If it's been online, they ask that you take it down until one month after the publication comes out. There are even times when publications asking for never before seen projects will accept something once they see where it's been posted, how widely seen it's been, etc.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 9:21:11 AM
Debby, I usually list both the creator (in this case Tim Holtz) and the manufacturer. For example, I list American Crafts Dear Lizzy vs. American Crafts. Some publications want the manufacturer, others even want the specific collection (so I would write American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection, for example). There are some that even want the name of the specific paper you used. Publications will always edit to their specs.


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Posted: 2/21/2013 12:02:29 PM
Been a long time since I visited the 'PUB'.

My personal publishing history is with hardcopy craft magazines & for payment rather than credit as the artist. That said, this is an excellent thread!

One aspect I don't believe has been addressed is "who owns what".

If your submissions involve techniques &/or process that you came up with? Be cautious. Carefully read the publisher's statements about this & if you are unsure? Ask before you submit. Otherwise you may risk losing your rights to use your work for future publication.

Another way to get into the pulished column? Make friends with companies! Mfrs love having their products being seen in 'print'--especially by happy consumers. Send them a few pix & tell them why their products matter so much to you. There's a chance they may come back to you & suggest places & ways to support you for publication.

Fair warning. Don't try to fake this. Most companies can tell when someone is just blowing smoke.

Another way to break into being published? Develop your writing skills. Many publications are looking for articles. Yes. They will want visuals, but if you provide them with a different slant on something you have a good chance to get their attention.





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Posted: 2/27/2013 11:09:27 AM
LOL! Hope I didn't 'kill' the thread...


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Posted: 2/28/2013 6:25:24 PM
How funny - I just started posting again and noticed that old thread was in my signature! Weird.

Anyway, I left it in my signature even though it hasn't been updated since 2006....



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Posted: 2/28/2013 10:56:57 PM
Good point Daniel. I know while serving on design teams publications will let the manufactures know what they are looking for ahead of the public call. That way DT can often get a head start.


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Posted: 3/1/2013 1:47:17 PM
LOL, 'Lemonade'! Proof positive that a good blog or other is 'ageless'--just like me.

Debby. Glad I didn't 'kill' this thread. I'm learning from it, too.

While your topic is primarily geared to being published as a scrap artist & submitting page layouts, it's worth noting that there are publications that are looking for other-than-scrap & even other-than-paper.

As designers/artists we have various skills that we bring to the table. And while 'membering up' on a DT has its uses, it is not the only possiblity.

Being 'published' is simple. Keep sending tons of submissions & eventually you'll get your piece & name in print.

Determining why you want to be published & what you expect from being published is a whole different 'kettle of carp'.

In a previous post, I suggested developing a relationship with a mfr &/or publication. What I should have said is make friends with the people who are working for them.

When I was actively pursuing publication (& accompanying dollars), I connected with many wonderful individuals. They moved from company to company, but we retained our conection & it often gave me an 'in'.

Katrina asked for tips that would increase her pub count. Well this is one. Make 'real' friends with the people--not the company.





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