Step3. Contact. Sometimes you can just fill out a form (for example with fashion world magazine), but more often you have to craft a good cover letter. Good cover letter is concise — it should fit to a phone screen without scrolling. I use this structure:
- present myself and give link to my portfolio and FB
- tell why I would like to submit to this particular magazine
- tell a bit about the series
- tell that I also are ready to collaborate with the magazine on the series they want/send them more info about yourself/meet them (here is where most of my interviews came from)
You can use some different structure, but remembers that you literally have 30 seconds to impress the editor.
Step4. Repetition. Do not discard the editorial until you submitted it to at least 20 magazines. Sometimes you will feel down because your letter is being ignored or because someone told you that your work doesn’t fit into the magazine you like. If you feel down, talk to your friends — after all you are their artist :) or go do something else, but return and continue next morning. I had one of the editors being very rude to me because he was just having more work that he could handle, I re-approached the magazine in a few weeks using another contact and my work got published. Some of the magazines ignored 3 or 4 of my editorials and then decided to publish the next one. It’s probably the most difficult part of the process, but you need to get used to it, after all, if you don’t get enough rejections, you probably ask much less than you could get.
Step5. Victory. Victory should be well remembered for it will allow you to tolerate future rejections. Make sure to tell your team, send them the tear sheets, remind that now they finally can use the pictures at their social media, tell them how they did a great job. Don’t forget to also treat yourself. I used to buy a very cool pastry every time my work got published until one day I was entitled to buy 3 at once :)
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