During our November monthly meeting, we were privileged to hear from author Shelli Cornelison, poet and author E. Kristin Anderson, and artist C. S. Jennings. They discussed writing and illustrating for the magazine market.
A few suggestions they had on getting started in magazines was to first do the research to find what your options are and what magazines would be a good fit for your work. Then be proactive about seeking out work and be visible online through your own website and social media.
When asked about the pros and cons of working in the magazine market our panelist didn’t feel there were any real cons but plenty of pros. Some of the benefits are the skills you learn from working with quick deadlines, the need to trim the fat out of your work, learning to work with an editor, and getting publishing credit.
If you want to stand out among other submissions vying for attention, they recommended you always meet and follow submission guidelines and have a strong voice in your work. And once again, being visible online is a big attention getter.
Some last words of advice are, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be consistent in your efforts.
Thank you, Shelli, E. Kristin, and C. S. for your valuable advice and experience!