I think I can honestly say that one of the most exciting things you can experience as a jewelry designer is to get published and see your work professionally photographed.
The upcoming Summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry has three of our very own contributors in it.
Karen McGovern has two pieces in the gallery section....don't you love how they photographed them? So beautiful.
Then I was flipping through and saw a great article by Carol Deckle Foss, who is soon to be our newest member at Love my Art Jewelry.
And I got this issue because I have two different polymer clay articles in it.
So, how did we manage this? Who did we have to know? What strings did we pull, or hoops did we jump through?
None. We just submitted, and we got accepted.
Now, every magazine is a little different in how they like things submitted, and when they are due. Different magazines take different types of jewelry making techniques also......so, the best thing you can do, is to find the magazine you think your work would best fit into, and follow the instructions they have for submissions.
Submit a project, and then wait. Don't get discouraged if you do not get accepted. Most magazines take submissions for EACH issue. So, say you submit a bracelet, they may already have enough bracelets for that issue. You can always take your piece and submit it again to another magazine.
If you do get accepted, make sure to ask questions if you aren't sure what is expected of you. Having a good relationship with the editor is important. However, keep in mind, they are VERY busy as well, and may take a little bit to get back to you.
So, if you have been wondering how you get your work published, that's it, just put it out there.
I will add that it may not be for everyone. You may need to take step by step photo's of your process for the article, and you have to write detailed instructions, with measurements and resources for your supplies. This comes easier to some then others. I would still encourage you to try it, at least once, to see if it is up your alley.
Most magazines also pay you for your contribution. So not only do you get recognition for being in the magazine, your name and work in there, and a link to your website, but they pay you too.
Another added benefit, is that people get to see how you make things. You may worry that this will hurt your business, but I think your customers will value being able to see how handmade your pieces are! What better way to show the work that goes into your art?!
I think its a win win all around. The magazines want an influx of new artist to feature, so they have variety, you want to get your name out there. No one loses.
Here are some links to submission guideline pages for some jewelry magazines just to get you started!
Bead Design Studio
Bead it Today
Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire
Do it. Just do it. You don't know until you try!