how to publish article in wood working magazine

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Blog entry by Lane Kersting posted 05-25-2011 08:32 PM 3562 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey guys, i was just wondering how hard it is or what is needed to publish an article in a wood working magazine? becasue i am on 18 and just finished high school and for my senior project i built a full regulation billiard (pool) table with over 225 board ft of walnut and over 1600 hours invested. i will post pictures of it in the next couple of days. my teacher would like to help my publish an article that i would write about building a project of this size at my age and to to explain all the dificultys in building a regulation table and the struggle to find the line of productivity and quality. i thik i was very close to that line considering this project. if you have any information that would a huge help in this prosses. thanks

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Ian Hawthorne

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 08:45 PM

I have had a few articles published and what I did was to add images to the magazines forum – I then recceived an email from the editor asking was I interested. You could also email the editor with hi res and well taken pictures. If they are interested they will contact you.

Make sure the pictures are of high quality.

When you email them make it as interesting as possible to reel them in.

Hope that helps


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#2 posted 05-25-2011 09:45 PM

A scientific journal, I might be able to help you with; but no project of mine will ever grace a woodworking magazine! I’m definitely interested, and if I saw your work in a magazine, I’d definitely read it!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 01:57 AM

I have written several articles for publication (not in woodworking – this is my hobby I do not want to make it into work – Plus I would have to go with Betha on this…LOL). First you should determine which periodical you want to target…You can get contact info on the publication page…(usually 1 or so pages into the magazine….this page has the name of the publisher, owner…etc…and lots of numbers…). You should then contact them – through the info you find and ask them for their submission policy (some have it on the publication page).

Two things you should know. 1. If you submit to a publisher for his/her review and they accept…be sure to review their rules for submissions and publication….Most if not all state that your work becomes their property….the problems can vary on this…. just realize you are passing ownership to someone else for your work – the writting…not the pooltable. 2. Be careful of what you submit…do not use anyone else’s pictures, quotes or other copywrite protected items….folks come out of the woodwork (literally) to claim their work should it appear on any media.

The rules and laws in this area are complicated to say the least….if you are just showing a project….telling some general info on how you did it….etc….that should be fine….but if you divulge anything you might want to publish later…(like write a book…etc.) aware that if the magazine or periodical publishes your submission – it is typical that they now own it…..and you must get permission to use your own pics…words…etc…in later work.

Lots of things to throw at someone of your tender age….but at 18 you are old enough to contract….and these have legal repurcussions….welcome to the complicated world.

All that aside….I am impressed by your enthusiasm and for taking on such a difficult and complex project…sounds like you are ahead of your years in maturity….and your family should be quite proud of you.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Dan Lyke

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 02:07 AM

I did a little writing ages ago for computer magazines. Along with reggiek’s suggestion that you carefully look at any contract about ownership (my experience is that they usually want an exclusive on submitted materials for a few years), I’d also suggest that you see if you can get a copy of their editorial calendar.

Magazines tend to publish topics on a one or two year cycle, and if you can say “this would go well in your August 2012 issue because it matches your editorial focus for August” you’ll show the editor that you understand his constraints.

And, yeah, 18 years old building a pool table? Toot your horn, dude!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 02:31 AM

”All that aside….I am impressed by your enthusiasm and for taking on such a difficult and complex project…sounds like you are ahead of your years in maturity….and your family should be quite proud of you.”

A-A-A-A-A-Men !!!

Go get ‘em, Dude !!!!

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 04:16 AM

I can’t wait to see photos.
One of my sons took woodshop in high school. I don’t know what kind of teacher he had. Three years and everytime I looked up he brought home a wooden box. I’m serious, a box. He showed some interest so I gave him some tools and space in my shop, he made a box. I taught him some techniques and let him help me on a few more detailed pieces. I left him alone for a few day, he built a bigger box.
I knew he knew other techniques, after three years of woodshop, what I’d taught him, and what I let him do on a few projects he helped me with, so I asked him why don’t he build something that could be used besides just to store something in like a box.
So, he said he was going to build a real nice shelf. I said ok. I didn’t even pay attention after that. I had a big project of my own going on.
Four days later he asked me to come look.
There was his shelf.
Two sides.
A top.
A bottom.
And a back.
Think about that for a second before you read any further.
What do you get if you turn a shelf like that on it’s back?
.A &%$#* BOX!
For some odd reason he lost interest in wood work after that.
I can’t wait to see what your pool table. I want to show it to my box making son too.


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#7 posted 05-26-2011 10:28 AM

As someone who has been published in a number of different media, although not in a wood mag (yet), might I make a comment without you taking it the wrong way? Please, get your english teacher to proofread anything you send to a magazine before sending it? Your writing style in this message leaves much to be desired, and a magazine requires decent english along with decent craftsmanship if you wish to appear in the pages of their publication.

Please realize I am not trying to be a smartass here, just a realist. No matter how good your project is, the writing that goes along with it is important. If your message is a sample of your writing, it needs some help.

If you do get the article published, that will be the second thing you’ve done that impresses me, the first being having built such a complex project. This is not a great accomplishment for an 18 year old. It’s a great accomplishment for anyone! I look forward to seeing the pics when posted, and to hearing the results of your attempts at getting into print.

Good luck!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Lane Kersting

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 02:51 AM

hey guys i poasted pictures of my pool table check it out let me know what you think….

-- all ways things to learn

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