So, you want to get published.

Do you have a how-to article you’d like to publish or perhaps a piece of work you like to show off ? There are many ways to accomplish your desire.

Publishing Your Projects

  1. You can self publish your projects and sell them on sites like Etsy, Artfire and Ebay. I do this method myself and have had great success. I recommend using a PDF file to distribute the tutorial.
  2. There are websites that will pay you a small fee or give you merchandise in exchange for allowing them to put your project on their web site. This is a great option for those short and sweet tutorials that don’t suit magazine publication.
  3. You can submit to a magazine. Every craft, hobby and jewelry magazine on the market is looking for admissions. All you need to do is a little research into their requirements. You can usually find this information on the official web site of the publication.
  • For example: Bead Unique Magazine’s web site has a page that gives you detailed information about what they require of you, the type of projects they are looking for in upcoming issued and the deadline to submit your project. First you are asked to contact them with your idea or original design. If they decide it’s something that will suite their publication, you will submit the actual instructions with pictures (or detailed drawings) and needed items to finish the project. You have to jump through a few hoops, but it’s worth the effort.
  • When writing a project based article be sure to make the step by step instruction simple and understandable. Include photographs or detailed drawings of crucial steps to help the reader through the process. And very important, when taking photos make sure they are in focus and well lit. Dark and blurry just won’t cut it. It’s my understanding that this is the first thing the publisher will look at and if they aren’t high quality photos you will be out of luck before they even get to the text.

Gallery Submissions

A gallery submissions is a great way to get your work seen and your name out there to be recognized. You just need good quality pictures of your item(s) and find the right magazine, web site or even blog where you can submit them. Blogs are a very fast growing segment of the internet (as you must know since you are reading this LOL). Many bloggers love to share the work of talented artists (like I do) and it’s a great way to put your work out there for people to see.  What does it hurt to send an email to ask if they would be interesting in sharing your talent with the world? You may get a “no thank you”, but even better, you may get a big YES !! 🙂

Now, if you’re feeling especially ambitious and have a large file full of creative, original and fun projects you’d love to share, approach a publisher for a book deal. You never know. You may be the next big star they are looking for.

Magazine Submission Info

Bead & Button

Bead Style

Art Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Crafts N’ Things

Beawork Magazine

Polymer Cafe

Art Doll Quarterly

These are just a handful of magazine where you can submit your work.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marlene Brady
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 18:36:20

    Thank you for listing the magazine sites. So helpful. – Marlene

    Reply

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