In 2008 I wrote my first article that ever got published. It was for KnittySpin and it was about scouring and spinning Cormo. Not a bad article and I got some good feedback so I decided to carry on. I proposed articles for a couple of other spinning magazines, both in print and electronic. Some of them got accepted which was good for my ego.
Over time I proposed more things to magazines and of course there were a couple of book proposals. Of course, it goes without saying that I love writing for Ply.
I learned some things about proposals over time. The first ones were just a few sentences describing as well as I could. Luckily, a few used words that got my message across. Some of the ones I thought were great ideas were turned down. I suspect that sometimes my idea just didn’t fit or there was someone else who got chosen who proposed the same thing or sometimes I didn’t communicate the idea that was in my brain very well.
So, I’d like to tell you a few things that I now do in just about every proposal to write an article. I’m not saying I get a yes every time but I do get a yes more often than I did even up to 2 years ago.
1. Know the magazine you are proposing to. Think about who their audience is.
2. Make sure you are proposing an article that will fit the particular issue you are proposing for.
3. Use details. talk about what point of view you will be coming from. Be specific about what things you will include in your article.
4. Sometimes it helps to include an outline. When you actually write the article, things may switch around a bit but an outline is a great communicator.
5. Say how many words or pages you think you’ll need to clearly explain what you are writing about.
6. Include a photo or two if you’ve done this technique or made this thing before. They don’t have to be photos of any samples you send for photography in the end but, as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words.
This all may seem like a lot of work before you even get a yes but in the end it is so worth it.