What does it mean to have your work published?
As a personal achievement it is great to see your work in print, a pat on the back, a reward. A place that your hard work has been submitted to and accepted by a publication to actually be online / printed up / shared and brought by others.
Let’s now discuss the different types of publications;
Fashion magazines (Vogue, Look, Pop) The same goes with fashion magazines. You either get paid by the publication to work for them on a shoot or you can submit an idea and if the magazine loves it, you will get paid to contribute your work and the magazine will tend to oversee the shoot.
Industry Magazines – Created by creatives, for creatives.
Suddenly there is a platform where anyone can submit to magazines and have their work published.
Does that make it a bad thing? I say no. Why shouldn’t creatives have a platform to show off their work, to get their work printed, to be able to say that they are ‘published’ (not all work gets accepted by these magazines so it’s still a pat on the back when yours does – although I would advise checking the quality of the work being accepted by certain publications, they are not all of a high calibre)
So, does being a ‘published’ artist / model / photographer get you more work?
All in all, it’s never a “bad” thing to see your work in print so if you are interested in how best to submit your work to be published, here are my top tips;
1. Choose your publication wisely – do they tend to print anyone and everyone’s work ? Or are they more specific and only print high quality work?
2. Will you be charged to submit? And at what cost? Sometimes the higher quality the magazine, the more they will want you to pay. Now, I don’t mind paying a minimal cost to contribute towards admin work but I will not pay hundreds just to get my work seen. This isn’t high on my priority list but if it is high on yours, then those magazines that do charge more have a better credibility rate and your work will be seen as more professional – Dark Beauty and Institute magazine for example.
3. Does the magazine have any themes? Quite often a magazine will have a monthly / fort monthly theme and if you are submitting, it is best to make sure your shoot meets their brief or you will be turned away at the first hurdle. Check their website for upcoming themes and keep your work relevant. Some people organise their shoots around each theme hoping to get accepted.
5. There is now a platform that exists called Kavyar. A lot of magazines are hooked up to this platform and ask you to submit via here which is nice and easy. Whether submitting or not, it is worth being on this platform as a creative so you can network. It hasn’t quite got the popularity of purpleport or modelmayhem but to me at least, it is a lot more professional. You can connect, network, support and admire each others work on this platform which I’m totally all for.
6. Quite frankly, if you meet all the guidelines and your shoot is relevant, there is no reason why your work will not be accepted by the magazine so if this is a dream of yours, why not give it a little go.
7. Once your submitted work has been accepted, magazines normally ask that you do not share your photos before the magazine is published. Therefore no sharing those photos on your social media or website. Magazines want their place to be the first and only place your work will get seen.
(I’m not quite sure the effect of this… as soon as it is published, everyone shares the photos anyway, surely the opposite should work better for mags. If people love your work and get the chance to buy it in print, they will have more customers) or is that just me?