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    Am wondering how it is done and if my stuff is good enough. I know a few people have had jewellery projects in magazines (dont think I am quite up to that) but am wondering about knitting patterns. I dont know how you would approach them or what to expect them to say. Can anyone shed any light? I dont want to just get in touch cos then I will get flustered if they say something I dont expect! Thanks
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    I would suggest you visit their websites have a good look around and send an email to the most appropriate contact and include a couple of images of your completed work
    good luck with it
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    • #3
      I send out lots of press releases prlog have good tips on how and what to write.
      But the interest I have had is from magazines I have never approached!LOL
      Harriet

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      • #4
        On the occassions I have been asked to sub,it products or write articles or patterns the magazines have approached me.
        full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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        • #5
          Thanks for that, I have had a look around their websites but I wanted to know what to say really. Will have a look at that thanks hd. I havent really advertised much so unlikely to get any interest, thought this might be a way of getting my name out.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by gigglinggoblin View Post
            Am wondering how it is done and if my stuff is good enough. I know a few people have had jewellery projects in magazines (dont think I am quite up to that) but am wondering about knitting patterns. I dont know how you would approach them or what to expect them to say. Can anyone shed any light? I dont want to just get in touch cos then I will get flustered if they say something I dont expect! Thanks
            On the whole, newspaper and magazine folk are "lazy".. they tend to work to tight deadlines and plan issues months in advance, so often you find they will take the easiest route to getting the job done.

            If what you send them is memorable - or very appropriate to what they are doing now/soon you will get a swift response, or more than likely, hear nothing at all.

            It isn't a reflection on the quality of your work, just the nature of their job.

            How you can increase your chances is to prepare well. Research the magazines you want to approach, see what they do, and see where what you want to send fits in. Then make a few phone calls and ask for the name of the appropriate editor and best way to submit information to them. If your information is targeted, it will get to the desk of the right person, if it isn't it is unlikely to be a high priority for anyone to see it gets to the right destination.

            Once you have your list of potential recipients, you need to prepare what you want to say to them - 90% of the population write what they hear in their head.. and it makes sense to them.. but it can be full of the most anguished English!! We all edit down what we hear when someone speaks to us, but it is hard to do that on paper, so rather than pour words on to paper, make a list of the info you need to impart - what you are promoting, why you are promoting it, why it is useful to the publication, and how it helps the recipient are good things to include.. exclude absolutely everything that is unnecessary!! if you are prone to waffle, get someone else to edit it down for you, and always ask someone else to proof read.

            In terms of what you write, news is usually far better than just standard info, it has a sense of "now" which can fire the imagination. So if you can, always try to promote a "new" product, a "new" design, etc (cruel but true, something can be "new" many many times.. just look at how often the government announces the same "new" funding!!)

            Don't forget to keep as close to 1 side of A4 as you can.. any more probably wont be read, and second pages can be lost easily.. Make sure the contact info, and who sent it are clear, and it is always a good idea to include a relevant quote if you can cobble one together..

            Keep the details of everyone you send it to, and get in to the habit of creating more "news" every few months, so you have a new opportunity to send information yet again.. persistence will probably pay off in the end.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hdflred View Post
              I send out lots of press releases prlog have good tips on how and what to write.
              But the interest I have had is from magazines I have never approached!LOL
              This looks interesting Harriet, I am going to register now!!Have you had any joy from it at all?
              Dee x
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              • #8
                No but it's free!! LOL going to use it again tonight in fact!
                Harriet

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                • #9
                  Hi
                  I used to write articles for several craft and needlecraft magazines, years ago. I think since then, the only thing that seems to have changed is the use of the internet, so here are my tips:
                  • think of getting into mags as a long-term project; it is unlikely to happen overnight
                  • try approaching new magazines (my first article was for a launch issue, I think I found out about them in a writer's magazine - search for these on the internet or in WH Smiths)
                  • Approach mags with ideas, either in writing or by email, and try to approach the right editor. On a small niche magazine, there may only be one editor. Make your approach interesting with photos or sketches of your ideas.
                  • If you want to do knitting patterns, it may sound obvious but try those with a lot of knitting patterns in them. they have to fill the space
                  • Niche magazines are more likely to take you on, leave the big names alone for now
                  • Try to get published locally - it will build up a portfolio for you - even if you do it for nothing to begin with
                  • Buy The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, or get it from your local library. Loads of tips and hints, as well as lists of mags and their own submission guidelines.
                  • Study each magazine you want to submit to, and adopt their style. They may give you guidelines to help you, but not all will.
                  • Proof-read everything you submit - the less work the editor has to do on your article, the more popular you will become!
                  • Be ready to provide part-finished and fully-finished samples of your work for them to photograph in-house
                  • Once commissioned, ask if they'll provide a link to your website if you want to promote your own stuff
                  • stick to deadlines
                  They are most interested in what you can do and when you can do it by. No real predicting what they may ask: I was phoned by someone asking if I knew much about cats. I said "no, but I'm a fast learner" - it led to a commission on writing (of all things) ridiculous craft projects for cat and dog owners for 2 books. Cosset Your Cat and Pamper Your Pooch! Most of what they ask though will be along the lines of "Can you do this...?"

                  It's good fun, the editors are human and usually very pleasant, and you've not really got much to lose, apart from time (it is a time-consuming process).

                  Good luck!
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                  • #10
                    Hi
                    Just looked at your website and I just want to add that your designs are just gorgeous.

                    Knitted hats might be good in a parenting mag! The cakes would do well anywhere, I think. I'd be tempted to look at the dieting mags and cheekily approach them with your idea: an ideal calorie-free treat for cake-lovers.

                    Think laterally. Your ideas IMO are marketable and publishable.

                    Best wishes
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wendy View Post
                      I'd be tempted to look at the dieting mags and cheekily approach them with your idea: an ideal calorie-free treat for cake-lovers.
                      I think that this is a great idea! Give it a go!
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                      • #12
                        Wow, wonderful replies, Wendy thanks so much for posting, so much info! I will def be giving this a go, just got to get the kids back to school and I will have a bit more time. Might also get my new patterns finished so I can have something brand new to show them

                        Love the diet idea, very cool! And thanks for the nice comments about my website!
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                        • #13
                          Glad to help. Stay motivated and you'll get there. And don't forget that your "old" patterns are new to anyone who's not seen them before!!

                          Good luck with it
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