Don't you always wonder how people get their work published?
I want you to get published too!
This is how I got published in the September 2010 issue of Romantic Homes Magazine
The article was in the "Make It" section. I framed vintage paper dolls.
When other people got published I always thought well, they are super artists. Other's that were published probably are super artists, I am not, but what I did have was a little luck and a unique idea.
I hope this helps everyone that wants to get their projects or products published.
This is my publishing journey
I started my blog April 29, 2010 and went around to every blog I could find, commented on their post and said "Hi, if you get a chance stop over to my blog". Unknowingly I commented on Jacqueline deMontravel's blog. Her blog was featured in the last issue of Romantic Homes Magazine. I did not know Jacqueline was the editor of Romantic Homes!
On May 9th, 12 days into my new blog I got an email from Jacqueline that said "Thanks for stopping, you have a lovely blog and website, if you are ever interested in submitting a project for the "Make it" section of Romantic Homes let me know". What!! Now, submitting work and being published are two completely different things, but not in my mind!
I pulled out all of my Romantic Homes Magazines and studied all of the "Make it" sections. Then started making things and photographing them. I emailed the pictures and project details for 4 items to Jacqueline. I just said "Thank you for your kind words, this is such an honor let me know if any of these projects are a contender".
With in 3 hours I got an email "Hi, I am the assistant editor for Romantic Homes and Jacqueline is interest in your framed vintage paper dolls, please send us 5-6 high resolution Pictures".....Wet my pants time!!
I sent in photos then I didn't hear anything. OK I thought, that was fun anyway!
Two weeks later I get a message," We received, your pictures could you send us more. So started many emails back and forth. How did you think of this project, Who will do this project, we need a biography, etc.
They said "We are considering you for the September issue", but for some reason I just couldn't believe it!
On June 28th I got an email "Hi Carol, your Vintage Paper Dolls were included in the Make It section! I took a peek and the layout looks wonderful. I know you'll be pleased with it. I believe subscriber issues should be in the mail around 7/14". OK this is when I jumped up and down!
That's my story, I am absolutely not the expert! I'm probably a one trick pony and will never be published again, but If I had any tips, they would be;
- Submit unique items, not actually reinventing the wheel, just a new way to present a project, maybe it is just the packaging.
- Consider what section of a magazine you want to be featured in, then tailor your products accordingly.
- Submit a project. I had a friend who got a lovely full page feature in Tea Time. She sent her cookbook along with a cover letter.
- I know someone who submitted pictures of her products she sells in her online store and got published.
- The Stampington Company has many publications, this is the information on submitting projects for publishing.
- Submit to local newspapers, I scanned my article and sent it to the Style Editor for my local paper the Orlando Sentinel and She immediately said She would like to do a story. They are interviewing me in my home tomorrow.
I would love for you all to share your tips and stories of getting published or people you know who have been published.
Just a reminder to enter the drawing
Please click HERE for this giveaway of Taylor a Vintage Framed Paper Doll along with paper doll cards and tags, the drawing will be on 9/1/2010
Wishing you get published!