Ever wondered what happens when you send publications to magazines in hopes of getting published? Are you connecting the right work to the right magazine? Do you pay the magazine to showcase your work on a 1/4 spread of a magazine page? Or do you pay the magazine so your image can be on their next front cover publication?
So many questions come to mind on what should be done and how to go through the proper channels for submission.
I will relate a short story that happened to me not so long ago about submissions to online magazines.
Since I am currently in the Re-branding stages of my business I decided to start everything from scratch. My IG feed wiped clean, my website, and so on. During my course of uploading my portfolio images onto my IG page, many new followers and likes started to rise with each image.
Comments were coming in hot as I kept uploading content, all fun and promising. It was when I got a DM from an Online magazine (not disclosing their name) in good faith of not causing bad reputation to their brand.
It was for an open invitation to submit my work for their next online issue and future blog publication. I was thrilled and of course cautious as you never know what you might find or stumble up with online these days. "It feels like the entire online world is a scheme now" inner thoughts.
Their submission form was quite lengthy and time consuming. Though it was educative and sort of a self assessment on how you want to be portraited in the submission. It was a series of questions pertaining to your work, background, collaboration, etc which I gladly answered with no hesitation.
After the series of question was the Uploading of your work (the fun part) they called it. A series of 10 Images for your uploading pleasures. WOW!
It was all flowing beautifully until I clicked that SUBMIT button. Wooosh! Then BAM !
I was taken to a new page for me to choose options of payments depending on how I wanted to showcase my images on their publication.
Options as: $28 for IG blog submission for a week, $56 for 1 Page Spread advertising, $98 for 2 Year run on their publication. All this guarantee your work and page to be view by their active 500K followers. In addition recommendations to private clients, investors, modeling contracts for possible jobs.
To my dismay, I was in an alleyway of either keep walking forward or retreating back. As any photographer would know that Paying money for magazine submissions with ends of getting published is a big NO-NO in our industry. If a magazine likes your work, they will in turn run your images and you will be paid a fee or better yet become a photographer for that magazine. Get paid assignments and the works.
So, can we qualify this as an investment to get published faster? Does this become part of paid advertising in hopes of getting mentioned in an online publication with little or no hopes in the real world print advertising?
I will love to hear from you about my story and if you had gone through something similar.