Autumn Leaves Cowl—5 Tips for Submitting Your Crochet Design to Magazines

I have some exciting news to share with you guys! Have you ever felt like your whole life was leading up to a certain moment? That’s how I’ve felt lately…because I had my first pattern published in a magazine this week! 

When my Autumn Leaves Cowl was accepted into Happily Hooked magazine, I could hardly contain myself! This is a moment I’ve dreamed of, and now its finally here!

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The latest issue of Happily Hooked is called ‘Rustic yet Refined’, and it contains numerous designs perfect for Fall! You can view this issue here. Or, you also get the PDF version of the Autumn Leaves cowl in my Etsy shop.

So, you’re probably tired of hearing me ramble on about how excited I am. You’re probably wondering how this happened for me. The truth is, there are a lot of factors when it comes to submitting crochet work to magazines! In this post, I want to share with you my top five tips for getting your first design published.

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Tip #1: Know Your Magazines

If you’re a crochet designer, you probably know that there are quite a few crochet magazines out there. And if you’ve really done your research, you’d know that each one is slightly different. They have different guidelines for submitting patterns, and they offer different forms of reimbursement in exchange for publishing your pattern.

For example, with most magazines, you will be giving up ALL rights to your pattern. Basically, they pay you for your pattern, and it becomes theirs to publish. You can no longer sell it on Etsy, Ravelry, etc.

However, Happily Hooked Magazine is completely different from this. Happily Hooked pays you for your pattern, but you still own the rights to it. You can continue to sell the pattern independently. This is one of the reasons I highly recommend starting by submitting work to Happily Hooked.

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Tip #2: Watch for Submission Calls

You can usually find open submission calls by doing a simple google search. Just type the name of the magazine with “open submission calls.” There won’t always be calls that are open, so make sure to watch for them. Some magazines have an email list that will notify you about submissions. I highly recommend getting on those lists so you don’t miss the calls while they’re open.

Happily Hooked currently has open submission calls, which you can view here!

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Tip #3: Follow the Rules

I know this seems simple—but it can get easily overlooked. The bottom line is that you will not get taken seriously as a designer if you don’t follow the instructions for your submission. Most magazines are pretty clear as to what they expect, so just read over the rules and follow them!

One example of this is that some magazines ask for a swatch submission, while others want to see your finished design. Keep this detail in mind when preparing your design.

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Tip #4: Only Submit to One magazine at a time

When I first started researching submitting designs to magazines, I had the thought, “I’ll submit this design to all of them and see if at least one accepts it!” Let me just tell you right now—bad idea. Don’t ever submit your pattern to multiple magazines at a time. A magazine expects you to be exclusive to them—they don’t want the same exact submission going out to five other magazines.

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Tip #5: Don’t Give Up

I know—the rejection emails are the worst. But trust me, they will come. Right before my Autumn Leaves Cowl got accepted into Happily Hooked, I got a rejection for a submission to a different independent designer program. It can be very discouraging—but don’t give up! Keep trying. If you have unique patterns and you follow the rules, you’re bound to get an acceptance at some point.

If you have any questions for me on this topic, feel free to contact me! Click HERE To see the September 2018 issue of Happily Hooked, which includes my Autumn Leaves Cowl! 

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Happy crocheting!

— Rachel 🙂