I have started my year off by taking some chances. I have submitted some articles that might not be quite what the magazines are looking for, but I am hoping they might take a chance on me anyways. One of the most difficult things about my effort to write and submit articles to magazines has been trying to find the right place for them. I tend to write like I create my art---by inspiration. So whatever I am inspired to write I write, rather than writing what I think a particular magazine might be interested in. This means I then have to think about where it might be the best fit with the publications that I am familiar with.
The problem is that much of what I write is from an artist or art quilter point of view rather than a quilter's point of view which means that many traditional quilters may not relate to what I have to say. Even as an art quilter there may be part of that audience that wouldn't be interested in the more business related aspects of my creative efforts. I am always working on my business whether it is maintaining contacts, marketing my work and myself, communicating with potential customers and fellow artists/quilters, or keeping up with show entries and paperwork. Not to mention trying to create art!
I have many friends and acquaintances in the quilting world and in the art quilting world. There are a lot of art quilters in my area as there has been a local effort to nurture them and keep an active community. Unfortunately, very few are pursuing their art as business as I am. The people who I feel closest to in what I am doing are the longarm quilters who are also busy marketing and nurturing clientele. I have one friend who has written a book and is writing another about quilting, mostly traditional, and she has been a good source of encouragement as we try to reach outside our active but limited local community of quilters/art quilters.
So, wishing that I had the support of others working towards the same goals and wishing there were more options for publication of the types of articles I am inspired to write (and pay me for them!), I am struggling with my efforts and just hoping that the magazines that do exist will like what I write enough to give it some space in one of their issues--but I'm not holding my breath! And I'm hoping that maybe I will soon find some like-minded individuals in a new effort I am hoping to undertake this spring. I have applied for participation in a local artists group that sponsors a studio tour which has become popular and quite successful for the participant artists. I admire many of these artists and look forward to interacting with them more about what we are trying to do to market and promote our creative endeavors.
So, wish me luck in whatever I decide to tackle next and let's hope that one of the magazines agrees to give me a shot and publish my writing. The waiting is always difficult and the rejections even more so, but I keep trying and I've had enough success to have a positive outlook and hopeful attitude. I have had 3 articles published already so I know that they like my writing style. It is just the trick of finding the right topic for them to fit into one of their issues. I'll keep writing and I'll keep submitting and who knows.....!