Thursday, July 20, 2006

For Shelina

Oops ... I meant to answer another question Shelina had from a couple of days ago. She asked how to go about getting something published. Well, I was lucky, I talked about it a couple of days ago. The magazine approached the shop I teach at, and then I submitted a quilt I was working on. But really, it's as simple as that. To begin with, you need to submit a picture of an original quilt you've made and they will tell you if they would like to commission it. You're paid for the instructions that you write, not for the actual quilt, so maybe you could give them an example of your instructions to give you an edge.

I've had 10 projects published in the last two years, so I've been very fortunate to build up an excellent relationship with the editor of the magazine, which is why she is happy to commission work from me based on a drawing (which I do in Corel Draw) or a partly completed quilt.

I would suggest for you to call the magazine you're interested in working with, find out the name of the project editor, and take it from there. It's not a huge money spinner, but it's fun, and it can lead to other things!

My next quilt will be in Australian Patchwork and Quilting in December.

6 comments:

ForestJane said...

That does sound like it'd be fun, getting published. You mentioned in an earlier post that you couldn't post a picture of how it's coming along - once they choose a pattern of yours, you sign something not to put it on the web or take pictures of it in progress?

joyce said...

I love the idea of a junior quilters guild. It seems around here that here ane no quilters under fifty. I may have to start looking into that. There must be kids aronud here who would be interested.

quiltpixie said...

It is good to get your name out there by being published, but I think the best benefit is the positive reinforcement it gives you as an artist...

Shelina said...

Thanks for the response Tazzie. I thought it was something like that. I think my biggest problem is coming up with an original quilt idea that I think is worth publication! Do you think that using fabric that is currently in quilt stores would be a consideration in publishing a quilt / pattern?

Samantha said...

How wonderful that you have had so many quilts published!!

Mary said...

I like the way you answered everyone's questions in your last post. I try to respond to questions in email but for those questions from people who don't list their email usually don't get answered.

I wonder if I've seen any of your published quilts? I like Australian Patchwork and Quilting but don't read every issue.

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