Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tips on Getting Published

I've had several blog friends email me with questions on how to get published.
So with that being said I thought I'd let you in on some of what I've learned along the way.

Most information can be found on the websites of the different magazines you'd like to try out for.
The Norm.
Include your name, address, phones #, email address. Name of art piece,
Information on your technique and credits of what you used. If you'd like your art returned make sure you send a check for return postage and mark your card information "return requested."

Heres a few more tips you might not know about.

First find out about up coming challenges or calls for entry. You'll have a better chance of being published if its something they will be featuring in a coming issue.
This information can generally be found online or in past issues.

TIP... If your trying out for a publication that has its own line of stamps or products use them  and make sure you list it in your credits. It helps promote their business as well. Always a +

TIP....Many companies will offer incentives for using their products. ie. free stamps, collage images, even cash. Check with the companies before you submit and be sure to include the information in your credits. You will then have to contact the company and give them the magazine issue your published in, page # ,sometimes they also what to see a photo. You will have a limited time to contact the company so be sure to stay on top of it If your wanting any freebies!  You will also get a free issue of the magazine your piece was published in.

TIP.... If your submitting a new technique or something you've never seen done before you may want to take quality photos and notes along the way. If your called on to do a feature it will help so much. Its amazing how much you can forget six months down the line. Also you don't want to have to re-create the entire piece if you don't have to. It pay's to be prepared and I mean that in other ways.
You get paid for features!!!!
If your piece was inspired by a magazine issue or another artists work be sure and credit that artist.
Its the right thing to do!

TIP .. If your into just rubber stamping try looking into other magazines. Stampington has many magazines that will also feature cards for other issues that go along with a new challenge theme.

Be patient. Magazines work many months in advance. They can hold your art for quite awhile. They say up to a year but I've had pieces published that I sent in three years earlier. Granted these were pieces I didn't want returned.
Submit offten. They get thousands of entries and you never know what they are looking for at any given time. Styles and colors change all the time so keep submitting.
I hope you have found this information helpful. Go on and try out you have nothing to lose and the rewards of seeing your art in print makes it all worth it.
Do let me know if your published I'd love to hear of your accomplishments!

Heres a couple new magazines I've just had my art published in.
Stampers Sampler published two of my pieces
 I have an extra issue.
So if you leave a comment at the end of the post
I'll put your name in the hat to be given away in 1 week.

This never seen before card was made for the cork challenge.
I used stamps from Oxford Impressions
London Telegraph and Dress Forms and Corsetry

This Farm Fresh card also uses stamps from

A happy surprize to be published in Just Cards.
I had forgot I sent anything in!

Bingo the Clown.
Stamps by Artistic Outpost

And Mona Lisa art by

Now if anyone knows how to change the size's  in Photo bucket.
They changed how they do it!
I have several pieces that need to be added.
Any help would be appreciated!

Don't forget to sign up for the free magazine giveaway!

62 comments:

Kate said...

Very helpful info! Thanks. I would lobe to win a copy!

Electra said...

Thank you Lynn! And your art is always wonderful, no surprise how often you are published!

Sarah said...

Well, throw my name in the hat. I haven't looked at one of those publications in a long time. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to win it!
Congrats on all of your work being published!

Diane said...

Sure, count me in.
Thanks for the information, would be very helpful if necessary.
I love your Bingo the clown - great cards Lynn!

Jo said...

Thanks for all of the great tips Lynn! Sadly I do not know how to do much in photobucket, so I am of no help to you. and i would love to be in the giveaway, i do love that magazine!

Miss Iowa said...

Is that the summer issue? It looks like another beautiful issue. Congrats on being published. I always enjoy seeing your artwork, it's like seeing a friend's work! If I don't win your extra copy, I will definitely be buying it to read on the plane when I have to travel for work later this month.

Susan said...

Thanks so much for the great information and on being published. Those are great magazines and very well respected!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Thanks for the tips- I have never submitted anything to a magazine for publication- maybe this will be my inspiration! Thanks for a chance to win a great magazine!

Kim Ross said...

Woohoo! More beautiful projects of yours. Love 'em! :) Please enter me in the drawing, too!

Neil said...

Hi there.
Thanks for all the tips. I've only been published once so tips to improve my chances are always welcome! Thanks for the opportunity to get a copy of the mag.

Christine said...

Great info Lynn but I've been so busy I haven't even thought about getting published. I have to put that on my list.

I love the projects that are featured. You have soooo much talent!

Yvonne Garner said...

So sweet of you to share Lynn! Congrats on your must recent published pieces! Best wishes, Yvonne

BarbaraW said...

Congratulations on all of your published work. You deserve it; your work is quality. Great tips!

craftattack said...

Thanks for the good tips! Valerie

Netty said...

Great tips Lynn for getting published, and of course I would love a copy of the magazine. xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

That is very kind of you to give people these tips and to offer the free magazine. I love the work you have showcased here, well everything you make really!

Lucy x

Gez said...

Hi Lynn sorry it's been a while.. life stuff is keeping me quite busy.. always lovely to see your artwork. Will ask DD about photobucket when she gets in from college. Best wishes for the weekend. Gez.

stamping sue said...

congratulations on being published. I haven't sent anything in for awhile maybe I should. thanks for all the tips.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

BLiSsAngELs said...

Lynn congrats .... your advise is helpful and heart lifting , I do have something out here but had started to worry they hadn't mailed it back to me.... I hadn't thought of sending anything else


Hugs wendy

Shelley said...

That cork card is great! Love the others also, but that one attracts me the most. I know nothing about photobucket and I sympathize, I hate change. Yahoo changed the look of group emails and I have to force myself to look at it. Love to have the mag, I haven't seen Stamper Sampler in years.

Marjie Kemper said...

Wonderful advice and great cards! Congrats on your newest published pieces, Lynn. Beautiful!

Linda R said...

Thanks so much for all the wonderful info. Now you got me thinking. Your cards look amazing.. And congrats on being published again.

HOpe you have a happy weekend my friend..

Hugs~

ImagiMeri said...

Hey girlfriend,

In my weekly trip to Barnes & Nobels bookstore, I saw your work AGAIN! I love picking up an issue and finding your lovely work in it, I search for you in every one I pick up!

Hugs,
Meri

PetraB said...

Thank you for sharing your experience and all the tips! Your entries are fabulous, love especially the farm fresh one.

Terry said...

Lynn, you are such a sweetheart to share your tips! Now if only you would do it for me! Ha!Ha! You know I love you, GF! Congratulations and as always, you so deserve your name and creations in print! Hugs!

Annie said...

Hi Lynn fabulous tips here that will certainly be helpful for the future. I just love your style and all of the inspirational pieces you create. Thanks for sharing with us. x

Irene said...

How sweet of you to give out free information. Thanks for your tips they are helpful.

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Lynn
You are so giving with your time to create these tips and useful tips they are as well.
It is incredible the publications you have to your name and all so well deserved, such as your latest art.
Wishes
Lynne
P.S. Please do not add my name as I have a complimentary issue but thank you for the chance of winning.

Wax Beach Artist said...

I wanted to comment but I already have that magazine so take me out of the drawing.

I loved your work even before I knew it was yours : ) Congrats again!!! I appreciate all the tips you have given me and I am looking forward to the day I can do my post on getting published.

One thing I don't like...the letter they send telling you no...boo whooo...no I didn't cry, lol. In the letter they say keep on trying and I will!

Rachelxx said...

Thanks for sharing your tips so generously Lynn.

I'd love to win your copy :-)

shari said...

I too would love to win a copy of the magazine, I love your work. Shari (cricutrookie)

Creatique Candy said...

I'm sooo excited about this post because I've never thought of publishing. Thank you so much for the tips!
As for Photobucket...of course you can just click on the re-size button to select which to switch it too if it is already uploaded if you click on the pic itself. However, in the new mode of edit button you have a standard but there is a little one at the bottom that states advanced editing. This is somewhat similar to what I see in my PSE9 program. The best size is 500x...whatever you photo range is @ 72px per inch which gives the best quality & doesn't take as long to load on your blog. Save as copy or save & replace. This is how you can re-size or modify image for blogging. As long as your specs are the same 500 being your width & ? for height (depends on the photo) at the pixels I mentioned you will be good to go. If you need help just contact me.
HUGS

Kate Burroughs said...

Thanks for all the tips. I have that as a goal still, to be published someday. I guess I have to submit something, eh?
Aloha, Kate

Redanne said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your tips, I love all the creations you made and many congrats on being published again. I would love to go in the hat for that mag, not sure we get it in the UK. Thanks for the chance. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Barbara said...

Love your work and I can see why you get published a lot. I was published in 2 Stampington publications this year and was amazed! Thanks for the tips. Also, for the chance to win the magazine!

Vicki Romaine said...

Thanks for the great post. I would love to have anything that shows your art even if it is just a mag. Then I can say. "I know this artist!"

Kasia said...

Thank you so much for the info!!! I think its extremely useful! :)

Hugs,

Ellie said...

Congrats on being published! I wouldn't mind admiring your art in the magazine!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

You make such gorgeous pieces! The cork one ... I could stare at it for hours. It has something, a magical ring to it.
Congratulations again on getting published. :)

Nichola said...

Thanks for the tips!

Shopgirl said...

love to be put in the hat. Also thank you for so much information. I haven't sent anything in ever, but maybe someday. I hope your summer is filled with loads of fun. Hugs, mary

Michele said...

this is wonderful advice Lynn thank you! xo

JoAnne said...

Thanks for the tips Lynn and I'd love to be included in your giveaway.
Congrats on being published again!

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

That has been so helpful Lynn. I have a question. It says you can send in photographs on a disk. If they are professionally done photos, would you mind commenting on that? Much appreciated. xoDonna

Denise Foor said...

Congrats on getting published. Your advice is very welcome. Love visiting your blog! Thank you for your inspiration.

inkytoes said...

you have lots of new projects to check out. i am always so amazed by the murals you paint. the fairy story is gorgeous. the farm chicks trip sounds like it was a lot of fun. congratulations on all the new pubs too.
i have been out of the loop for a while. my mother has had lots of medical appointments the last few weeks. it has been worth all the time it took though because the pain clinic is making some progress in decreasing her pain level a bit.

Lesley said...

Thank you so much Lynn for this information. I have always wanted to set this as a goal and you have answered many questions for me.
Thank you also for your generosity in giving away your extra issue. How exciting. Congratulations, you are so creative so I am not surprised you are in print.
Pick me, pick me....Lesley♥

CuddlyBunny said...

Lynn! You're always busy trying to help all of us! Thank you!

I hope you're enjoying summer thus far!

Lynn Stevens said...

This is in response to Donna's question on sending in professional photos on discs. Yes many companies will accept these. I have sent in photos once when I had a couple of items I wanted to submit but were to costly to mail. I still have never gotten a response back. All I can say is there's nothing like the real thing when seeing it in person. You can try but I've had no luck in doing submissions that way.

Marva said...

Thanks for the info Lynn! I really need to get busy and send some work in! I love all of your artwork! You could do a magazine with just your work in it! :)

LynnF said...

You are so wonderful sharing your knowledge with us! And your work is so stunning...I just love it!

Createology said...

Lynn thank you for sharing your proven tips. Your art is amazing and it should be published and honored. How very generous of you to share. Happy Fourth of July...

Kim said...

Thanks Lynn for the help. Someday I'll get my courage up. :)

2amscrapper said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've been a bad blogging buddy as of late. I really appreciate this info. Thanks.

Carol said...

Thank you Lynn for the tips! Hopefully one day!

Jann said...

Hi Lynn-thank you for this post--so helpful! Hope all is going well for you-I think of you often...

peggy gatto said...

congratulations!!!!!!!!!

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Wow great advice and great cards!!
Count me in for the giveaway, too. thanks

Dezinaworld said...

Hi Lynne,
hope you are well my friend, I love the tips, just wish i had the time but maybe one day.
I adore your bird piece below this post its exquisite as your work nearly always is.The beautiful rose flower and lace are to die for' Hope to get around again soon
hugs June x

queenb2u said...

Great tips. Thanks for sharing. It's a real confirmation of worth when one gets published. Count me in on the drawing.
Bb

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Drats! I missed the giveaway!

Lynn, it is so nice of you to share this valuable information. I always play with the idea of submitting things and then I get over it. One of these days...

Dawn said...

It's always nice to see friends doing well with their work (I am too Late for the freebie mag) But I still wanted to say well done hun I am so happy for you and I bet it never gets old being published I may well have a go my self ;0)

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