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Print love: new fine art prints published this week

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Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. Every week, we try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects. Fall by Alex G Griffiths. The wanderer and the desert portals by Reno Nogaj. Ze croissant moon by Teo Zirinis. Natural Rhythm 2 – a hand drawn pattern […]

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Print love: new fine art prints published this week

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Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. Every week, we try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects. The Magician tarot card by Jazzberry Blue. Kokeshi doll by Giulio Rossi. Turtle in stone garden by Budi Satria Kwan. Cabinet of curiosities by Felix Rousseau. P is […]

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Print love: new fine art prints published this week

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Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. Every week, we try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects. Forgiveness by Alejandro Girardo. Cannonball by Budi Satria Kwan. As day turns to night by Budi Satria Kwan. Mêmsac by Exit Man. Nostalgia by Nazario Graziano. You are […]

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Print love: new fine art prints published this week

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Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. Every week, we try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects. Gobopan’s Kingdom by Wilmer Murillo. House of death by Carbine. December by Kakel. San Francisco skyline old map by Paula Belle Flores. Hour glass goldfish by Vin Zzep. […]

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Print love: new fine art prints published this week

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Poetic, funny, witty, or just beautiful, new art prints are published online every day. With this new weekly feature, I’ll try to share the best of new digital printmaking projects on a regular basis. The great escape by Christian Schloe. Always happy by Teo Zirinis. Midlife by Matthieu Bourrel. 31 Days of Halloween, Day 11 […]

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Get Published (Part 3): Marketing Your Posts After Publication

Are you done with your article? Have you had it edited, rewritten, and edited some more before being approved for publication? Great! That’s the good news.

The bad news is, your work doesn’t stop there. "What do you mean my work doesn’t stop there?", you protest. "Isn’t writing the only thing I have to do?"

Well, if print publications are as popular now as they were before the Internet age, the answer would’ve been "Yes". Back then, you only needed to worry about how your content will turn out, because there were other people who took care of the marketing end. But now, it’s easier than ever to have your content get buried underneath all the noise on the Internet.

That’s why you have to work harder to market yourself and:

Put Your Social Networks To Good Use

Instead of sharing yet another done-to-death meme with your contacts, why not share a well-written article that you’ve managed to complete by sacrificing buckets of blood, sweat, and creative juices?

Busy, on-the-go people (i.e. the people who are most likely to use social networks) are always on the lookout for something new to read and/or share with their friends. Use this to your advantage by sharing links to your article, complete with catchy, attention-grabbing comments like "Need to fix your bricked iPhone? Here’s a complete, easy-to-understand guide on doing just that."

Remember that today’s readers want to know at a glance how reading your article can benefit them, so make every word in your comment count. Also, avoid writing comments like "Please Like and share my article!" because these just come across as too desperate.

By the way, you don’t have to share every single article that you’ve written. Just share the ones that you’re proud of, or the ones that you won’t mind being read by your aunt’s sister’s best friend.

Participate In The Comments Section

If people have gone out of their way to leave comments on your article, it’s a good sign. That means you’ve struck a chord with your readers, for better or for worse.

The positive comments are the easiest to handle, of course. If Anne says "Great post!" or "Thank you for this article!", it’s enough to tell her "You’re welcome. That’s good to hear." If Bobby decides to share an experience related to the content in your article, it’s okay to engage him in conversation the way you would for a friend. If Chris asks you a question, answer it in the best way you can.

However, as with most things in life, you can’t have the good without the bad. There will be people who will go out of their way to post negative comments. Some of them will talk about mistakes in your article – factual, grammatical, contextual, etc. Assuming that their points are valid, you can say: "Hey, Dan. Thanks for pointing that out! Will get it fixed as soon as possible." If their points are not valid, or if you don’t agree with them, you have every right to defend your point of view in a firm but respectful manner.

On the other hand, comments that are rude, irrelevant to the discussion, or clearly designed to spark flame wars are not worth your attention. You’ll make better use of your time working on other projects than engaging strangers on the Internet who just want their 15 minutes of fame.

The point is, you can’t control how other people will react to your article, but you can control how you will react to them.

Be Nice And Professional

You should be nice not just to your readers, but also to your editor. Treat your editor the way you’d treat any other client: with respect, courtesy, and professionalism. You never know who’s best friends with whom in this industry, so it’s best to not be a jerk to anyone, at the very least.

That said, there is a fine line between being a professional and being a doormat. If your editor – or any other person for that matter – isn’t treating you well enough, you can try the following steps:

1. Calm down first. If you have any strong and negative emotions bubbling underneath the surface, you won’t be in the right state of mind to give constructive feedback to your editor.

2. Think about why your editor is being less-than-reasonable. Don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that s/he is out to get you. It could be that your editor had a bad day, or your article was really not as up-to-par as you thought it was.

3. If your editor had a bad day, or had a one-time outburst directed towards you, just let it go. They’re human, just like you, and it’s not like you don’t have bad days too, right?

4. If your article is the problem, it’s best to make the changes without complaint. Unless your editor wants you to introduce factual errors into your piece, or is asking you to do something unethical, assume that they know their publication and their readers better than you do. Besides, they have the final say on whether you get paid for your work or not, so there’s that.

5. If you’re honestly convinced that your editor is the real-life equivalent of Miranda Priestly from "The Devil Wears Prada", that’s the time you ask yourself if it’s worth it to work with this person. You can try using the transparent feedback approach with them, or you can go look for a better place to write for. The choice is yours, really.

(Final) Wrap Up

Getting published multiple times requires more than a decent set of writing chops. You also need to be familiar with the writing industry in general, and have the right attitude towards your work. Otherwise, you won’t be able to move your writing career to where you want it to be.

Get Published (Part 2): Discussing Writing Terms With The Site

Last time, we talked about identifying your niche and the right site for you to write for. The process involves checking out the guest-posting guidelines, and understanding what the site needs, and what their readers are looking for.

This second part on our how to get published series will touch on what you can do before you pitch an idea to the site you want to write for. Yes, expect to have to do a lot of work, but understand that it’s necessary if you don’t want to end up pitching titles that won’t be accepted anyway. The earlier you recognize how your writing fits (or not) with a publication, the better.

Let’s take a look at how you can make a stand out pitch and some of the details to look into when dealing with the site you are hoping to pen articles for.

Craft a Standout Pitch

Want to pitch a title? Here are a few tips:

1. Give (Sincere) Compliments In Your Intro

Compliments show the editor that you genuinely gave a thought about their publication, not just their ability to give you a byline. If you’ve been following them for a while, this should be easy. For example, you can say "I’m John Smith, a blogger with a passion for history. I read your article last month about the Jamestown mysteries, and I must say, I was impressed enough with it to visit the place for myself."

Remember: Be sincere. Insincerity will backfire on you.

2. Be Original With Your Idea

Your pitch may be good, but if there’s already a similar article previously published on the website, the editor may turn it down, unless you can put a new spin on the topic that will still be interesting for the site’s readers. Speaking of which…

3. Emphasize How Your Idea Will Benefit Site Readers

This strategy is especially helpful if you’re not the most experienced or bemedalled writer in the editor’s queue. After outlining your pitch, say something along the lines of "I think this will benefit your readers, because…"

Or you can explain, in a sentence or two, how you’re going to gather information for the article (e.g. interviews, surveys, etc.) if your research will involve more than just the regular search by Google and read everything method. You want to show the editor that you’re serious about your idea, and of turning it into a full-blown article.

4. Include A Call To Action

As Rajiv pointed out, editors are a busy lot. You don’t want to force an editor to think too much about what to do with your pitch email. Most of the time it is a hit-and-miss; you just need to know whether you are getting a red light or a green one.

Always end your pitch with something like "Let me know if this is a good fit for your publication" or "What do you think of this idea?". If your title gets rejected, try to refrain from asking them what title will definitely be accepted for publication; that comes off as a little desperate and pushy. Instead, tell them you will write them again with another pitch soon.

Iron Out The T&C And Payment Options

Suppose that the editor said "Yes" to your pitch, in which case you’re probably doing the Happy Dance after the fact (if his/her answer is "No", don’t fret about it. There are better uses for your rejected pitch.) At this point, it’s your chance to prove that you’re a "professional writer". That means you’re reliable, you know what you’re doing, and you’re easy to work with.

How Much To Charge

This is also the point where you discuss payment with your editor. Don’t make the mistake of asking for payment only after your post is accepted, or after it is published (things may get real complicated if payment is discussed at so late a stage).

Sometimes, a website’s submission guidelines will specify how much they pay for an article, or for different types of articles. Sometimes, they won’t. In the case of the latter, you’ll be expected to negotiate a fair rate for an article on your own. What’s a "fair" rate, you ask? There’s no straight answer to that question, really.

You can refer to the going rate for similar publications. You can also estimate the time and effort you need to put into writing your article, take stock of your skill set, and come up with a ballpark figure based on that. While you’re at it, make sure you incorporate any extra charges for revisions, just in case.

Up For Negotiations

Now for the fun part: the negotiation process itself. Although there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy for negotiating, since the most appropriate strategy will vary on a case-to-case basis, bear in mind that the final terms should always be fair for everyone involved. When haggling your price, consider the needs of the publication you’re writing for, as well as your own.

Don’t forget to find out when and how you’re going to be paid as well. Some websites pay on acceptance; others pay on publication. "Acceptance" means you’ll receive payment the moment your editor green-lights your piece; "publication", on the other hand, means you’ll have to wait for your piece to show up on the website before you get paid. The latter usually takes weeks and/or months to happen, so be sure to prepare yourself for that.

Payment Methods And Rights

Your target website might prefer popular payment services like PayPal, or the alternatives listed here. To know more about invoicing your work, you can check out this article on how to do it professionally.

Aside from rates, you should also negotiate publication rights. Why? Because these rights basically determine to what extent a publication can use, re-use, and distribute your piece via print and electronic media. Since the concept of rights can be quite tricky, it’s best to consult a lawyer and/or refer to this article first before you finalize anything concerning rights with your editor.

Don’t forget to include information like your single point of contact, kill fees, allowance for revisions/rewrites, and deadlines, as detailed in this piece about freelance clauses. In case you have any reservations about the contract, or even the assignment itself, this stage is a good time to bring them up with your editor. You don’t want to end up with problems that could’ve been avoided if you thought things through first.

Your Work’s Not Done (Yet)

So now you’ve gotten everything straightened out and your post is written, polished, published and paid for, you might think you can rest. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but you still have to pull your weight marketing your article, the details of which will be covered in the third (and final) part of this series.

Stay tuned!

A Guide To Getting Published: Finding The Right Site

Having one online article published is great, but having multiple articles published is awesome. And, often, the latter has less to do with your writing skills, and more to do with how you handle your articles before and after publication.

That’s not to say that writing skills don’t have their place, of course. If you want to make a living as an online writer or blogger, you should, at the very least, know how to write. This may seem obvious, but judging from the usual quality of online content, it’s surprising – not to mention alarming – how many people ignore this basic fact.

Anyway, let’s get back on topic. Suppose you are, in fact, one of those writers who can effortlessly churn out beautiful prose with your eyes closed. That’s all well and good… except there are also thousands of writers around the world who can do the same thing. Which begs the question: How do you stand out in such an enormous crowd, especially on a place like the Internet where everyone’s doing their best to attract attention? Glad you asked!

Find Websites In Your Niche

Your first order of business is to figure out what you want to write. What do you like to think about first thing in the morning, and before you go to sleep? What topic(s) can you go on and on about for hours without getting exhausted? Do you have any experience, skills, and/or knowledge unique to you?

Once you have a definite answer to those questions, that’s the time you start searching for websites to write for. Use keyword combinations like "(your favorite topic)" + "write for us" or "(your favorite topic)" + "guest post". During your search, you’ll notice that many of the websites turning up won’t pay for contributions. If you want to write for more than just the "exposure", you can add the word "paid" to the keyword combinations suggested above.

If you’re a generalist, or someone with multiple interests, think about one or two topics you can imagine yourself writing about at least once every day. Because, hey, if you’re going to write about things for a living, you might as well love what you’re writing about, right?

Read The Guidelines Carefully

If you want to know what kind of submissions a website accepts, the easiest way to do so is to read their writer’s guidelines. Here, they’ll specify what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for, payment terms (if applicable), rights, and other policies.

Sometimes, a website posts its editorial calendar. Be sure to check that one out in order to come up with a timely pitch. Oh, and don’t forget to look up their reading period, which is usually specified in the writer’s guidelines as well.

If they don’t have a calendar, and you’re not sure whether your pitch is what they’re looking for at the moment, you can also…

Be A "Ninja"

Even after reading the guidelines, you’ll want to check out the site’s archived articles. They’ll give you an idea of the types of articles that resonate the most with the site’s target readers, and why. With that information, it’ll be easier for you to tailor your submission accordingly and increase your chances of getting accepted.

So how do you identify the old articles that "click" with readers? Look for the ones with the most number of shares on social networking sites, as well as those with the most active discussions in the comments section.

These numbers may not be the most accurate measures of whether those articles are "good", but in any case, they indicate an ability to engage readers, which is the main reason those articles were published in the first place.

Be Familiar With The Site & Audience

If that seems like too much work, you can always browse through the ones labeled "Trending", "Top Articles", "What’s Hot", "Popular Now", etc., and observe what they all have in common. You can also subscribe to their social media pages and/or e-newsletter.

Through these, you can:

  • Assess what kind of audience the website has;
  • See "patterns" in the type of content they’ve been publishing recently;
  • Evaluate their online marketing strategy, and the effectiveness thereof;
  • Based on the criteria above, decide for yourself whether they’re worth writing for; and
  • Learn something new on a regular basis. (What could be cooler than that?)

If you have friends who are online writers/bloggers, and are in the same niche you want to break into, you can ask them for feedback on the best/worst sites to write for. This is a good option if you don’t have the time or the energy to search for target sites on your own.

Wrap Up

Remember that the guidelines are there to help relay information to you before you have even made contact with the people behind the site. Rather than skim through the guidelines, analyze what the site is looking for before you make your pitch (which is another title on its own; don’t worry, it’s coming) so you can show them that as a writer, you really did do the homework required.

Coming soon, how to make a proper pitch of what you want to write, coming to terms with the site and what to do after your post has been published (to make sure you can get more writing jobs).

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The Forgotten Works of Miroslav Šašek: The Czech illustrator is finally published in his homeland over 30 years after his death

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We Are FriendsWithYou Book: Published by Rizzoli, this colorful tome covers the duo’s 12 year history of imagination, wonder and sheer joy

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Founded back in 2002 by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, contemporary art collective FriendsWithYou (FWY) has been delighting fans across the globe with their colorful and otherworldly creations ever since. From large-scale interactive installations to videos…

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