- At Somerset Studio, we aren’t looking for lengthy written proposals. It’s actually quite the opposite. With the number of submissions we receive, we prefer all proposals to be concise and to the point. What’s your idea? Are you willing to share your technique? Do you have stepped-out images of the process? This applies to both e-mail and mail submissions.
- Visuals! They’re a must. I get a number of e-mails about an idea an artist has for an article. That’s great, but because magazines rely on artwork, we can’t say yes to proposals without seeing what the artwork would look like. Sometimes a great idea doesn’t translate itself to art very well, so it’s best to develop the visuals.
- Make sure your article idea is original. Don’t propose anything you’ve learned from another artist’s workshops or books.
- Be patient. Understand that editors are very busy and usually under a deadline. Personally, when I’m at my busiest I’m not able to answer e-mails every day. In fact, one of my ways of remaining focused when under a tight deadline is to close my e-mail. It’s fine to send a follow-up e-mail, but understand if an editor can’t get back to you right away.
- Don’t give up. There are a number of reasons that a proposal may not get accepted. It’s nothing personal, and it doesn’t mean you’re not a good artist. Try again, and keep trying.
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