Recently there have been several blogs posts sharing tips for getting published in the pages of Paper Crafts. First, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal Teri Anderson shared a few tips on her blog (you’ll see a few of her what-not-to-do tips below). Then, Cath gave a few fabulous suggestions on the Moxie Fab World blog. We got a tremendous response to both of these posts and today I’d like to answer a few of your questions.
Q: Why does PC want images free of watermarks when the e-mail address and card information give away the identity of the designer?
A: Editor Susan Opel looks at EVERY SINGLE project that’s submitted. She’s also responsible for printing these submissions in preparation for our submission judging meetings. The image of the card is printed on one side and the designer contact information is printed on the other. Susan is the only person who knows who made what card and with hundreds of projects coming in for each issue, she can’t possibly remember who made what just by looking at the image. The rest of the editorial staff participates in the submission judging meetings and we have no idea who created what. Consequently, images free of watermarks help keep our submission judging blind and fair.
Q: Do you accept submissions from people living overseas?
A: ABSOLUTELY! To date we have published projects from designers living in Croatia, Australia, Canada, Mexico, England, Singapore and many more! We love local and international designs alike and encourage everyone to submit.
Q: Do my submissions need to be made from the most current supplies? I tend to make a lot of my own embellishments and use items I’ve had for quite some time.
A: We like to publish projects that inspire our readers. We love it when people reinvent product and create their own embellishments. That being said, we don’t like to publish projects that use product that is no longer available. If the product can no longer be purchased, we are less likely to accept the project.
Many people also commented on these blog posts that they were scared to submit. To this I say, push your fears aside and simply send in your submissions! You can instantly increase your odds of publication by submitting. And the more projects you submit the better your odds. We pride ourselves on presenting the freshest and most inspiring projects around. We can’t do this without designers like you. So get creating and get submitting!
We love hearing from you, so if you have a burning question, please send it our way!
P.S. Interested in submitting some projects? We just posted a call for our Card Creations: Favorite Occasions special issue! Click HERE for more details!
P.S.S. Voting has begun for round 1 of Gallery Idol 2010! Click HERE to view the Top 20′s cards and to cast your vote. Voting will end at noon (MDT) on Thursday, June 10, so don’t delay!