~ Mark Houlahan
I always look forward to the new publications that come out each month. I get a lot of them via subscription. Some I pick up at the store. It thrills me to find so many of my friends listed as the contributing designers. I feel like they are right there with me when I pop open the pages to see their designs and read about their inspirations.
Once I had my very first piece published in Bead Trends January 2008, I was hooked on this whole publishing thing. It was like crack to me. I wanted to keep trying at it, and I dipped my toes in a few more times in 2008. Then in 2009 I set a goal for myself to be published once per month that year. I did it, but it was a helluva lot of hard work and I thought that perhaps I had burned out my creativity. That didn't happen and I still love to be in the publications, but I am more realistic about the time that I have and just send designs in when I can and hope for the best.
But about two weeks ago, the sweet Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing, sent me a sweet note "You're a Stringing Star!" and showing me the cover of the Fall issue with my necklace on the front.
That just blows me away.
Here are some tips that work for me that might help you if you are interested in submitting your own designs for publication.
If you are ready to try it yourself, here are some links to publications that I love (some I have been in, some I would like to be in) that are always looking for new and inspiring designs:
And because I want to celebrate, I am kicking off the first of several giveaways this month on my blog. My birthday is coming up in just 10 days and I would like to share the love with you, my loyal readers. So watch for more fun to come!
I normally don't make too many of the same thing, I prefer one-of-a-kinds to one-of-a-million. I also find it incredibly difficult to reproduce the same thing over and over. But to celebrate making the cover of Stringing, I have created a limited edition run of the pendants on the cover. You can get yours in my Etsy shop (I promise to post more this week!) but how about the chance to win one?
One lucky random commenter will win one of the limited edition 'simple truth' pendants from the cover.
I don't like to make people jump through hoops or follow me if they don't want to. All you have to do is answer the question. But only if you want to. Or you can just say hi. Or whatever you want to say. But just be sure that I have a way to get in touch with you. That is the only way to win. Deadline to leave your comment is Friday, August 5th. These look just as great on a simple chain as they do in a piece of jewelry. If you want me to put it on a chain for you to wear out of the box, I will even do that for you.
The honor of this cover reminds me that every step I take I am one step closer to living what I love every day of my life, and that the only way to make that happen is to believe it.