How to Get Your Craft Work Published

By Pam Gaulin

  • Overview

    Crafters can publicize their crafts and make money from their craft work when they write articles about their projects. Documenting the creation process and providing detailed instructions on how to make the craft is one way to get craft work published in a magazine. Payment for arts and crafts articles with photos pay between $50 and $500 or more per article. Crafters can supplement their income with an article while growing an audience for their handmade creations. The key to getting published is to take high-quality, non-blurry photos.
    Paper flower
    • Step 1

      Write up a project list of the different types of crafts you know how to create. Use the list to find ways to customize the craft for a particular market, holiday or season. It's possible to create four or five different craft ideas from one main idea. The more ideas you have, the more accurately you will be able to focus in the right market for publishing. The one idea that spawns others also gives you more opportunity to make more money from one main craft, as you could prepare four or five different articles for publication.
    • Step 2

      Locate three to five potential publishers in the craft field that match the material or materials used in your work. These could include ceramics, jewelry findings, paper, stamps, paint or mixed media. Search for a publisher using Writersmarket.com, or Freelancewriting.com. Another place to discover magazines where you can get your craft work published is the magazine section at the bookstore. Browse the magazine rack for your type of craft and read the submission guidelines in the magazine or on its website.


    • Step 3

      Request submission guidelines directly from the publisher by sending an email or using the physical address. Write up a short, business-like form letter requesting the submission guidelines for writers and artists. Include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with your letter.
    • Step 4

      Take photos as you create the craft project you would like to see published. Jot down notes as you go, including details or steps which seem obvious to you. Shoot multiple photos of the final project.
    • Step 5

      Query the magazine editor according to the query directions. Some will request the entire article if you have not been published before. Others will ask for an outline with a photo of the final project. Follow the instructions down to the letter as doing anything else will hurt your chances of getting published.
    • Step 6

      Agree to terms of submission once you have an accepted article, and sign the contract if one is sent. Some publishers have a less formal process in place. Get clarification on the type of rights you are selling for the article and for the photos. Most prefer original articles that have not been published before.
    • Step 7

      Write the article following the submission and editorial guidelines of the publication. Use a current issue as an example of acceptable style. Try to stay within the given word count. Spell check and proofread the article. Mail the article, photos and project to the publisher if this is what they require. Some may request a digital copy instead and others will want both.
    • Skill: Moderately Challenging
    • Ingredients:
    • Digital camera
    • Craft supplies
    • Completed craft project or sketch of project
    • Query letter
    • Tip: Use craft materials that will be easy for the magazine's readers to obtain.
    • Tip: Have both a print copy and a digital copy of the photos and the article text available for the magazine.
    • Tip: Create a website or online store before your article is published to give readers a place to buy your work.
    • Tip: Do not forget to proofread all correspondence you send to the publisher.
    • Warning:
    • Do not submit a project to more than one magazine unless the magazines accept simultaneous submissions.
    • Do not wait until the last minute to send in holiday-related projects, as magazine editorial calendars may be working 6 or more months in advance.
    • Do not accept a magazine subscription as sole payment when there are other possible magazine markets for your work.

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