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Submitting To Magazines

Post by billcartoons on Thu 20 Oct - 23:53

There are many who will be quick to tell you that submitting gag cartoons to magazines is fruitless and a waste of time. While some magazines have discontinued carrying cartoons, others have found the value in adding humor to their pages. There remains a great deal of opportunity in the magazine markets if expectations remain realistic, the gags are appropriate to the market, and you are consistent in your work ethic - you create consistently solid work, and you submit regularly. As with all things cartooning, rejection is not directed at you personally, it's a part of a process. If you conduct your cartooning like a business, remain persistent, and seek to deliver the best work possible, you can sell your cartoons. There are magazines that currently pay $650 per cartoon and more - you just have to go for it!

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Post by cartunes-r-us on Fri 21 Oct - 5:33

It's a tough market Bill, but some cartoonists who stick to this field eventually find success: I agree that the pay on these one-shot gags is often pretty good, the key seems to be the ability to turn out stuff that will be accepted, usually after building up a relationship with a cartoon editor.
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Bagging The Elephants

Post by Simon Lake on Tue 9 Apr - 21:47

Update to this very valid thread is Bill's blog post on submitting cartoons to the big players....
http://billabbottcartoons.com/2012/05/31/submitting-cartoons-to-magazines-bagging-the-elephants-in-wall-street-parlance/
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Post by cartunes-r-us on Wed 10 Apr - 9:53

an excellent overview, Si---very revealing.
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Re: Submitting To Magazines

Post by Spikey on Mon 27 Oct - 21:06

While I would never tell anyone that submitting cartoons to
magazines is a waste of time, and though I did sell two of them,
I myself did finally have to stop. Rejection wasn't the problem,
I can handle rejection standing on my head(though I don't recommend
 drawing that way
). 


No, the main problem was the length of time magazines were taking
to return my submission. Six to twelve weeks was no problem, but
increasingly it was taking up to six months or more and occasionally
they weren't returned at all.


Keep in mind that these were publications whose submission guidelines
I had read and followed closely. That they didn't want them was fine,
but until they returned them I couldn't send them elsewhere. 


Finally, my patience ran out and I stopped submitting and decided that
I would just put my cartoons on magnets and mugs and offer them for
sale online. Again, none of this is meant to discourage anyone who is
thinking of
submitting, I just thought this would be an okay place to
throw my two cents* in.



(actual monetary value of the words above may be less)


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Re: Submitting To Magazines

Post by Simon Lake on Mon 27 Oct - 21:40

Thanks and ditto Spikey. That is precisely the course of action myself and a couple of others on this forum have taken as well. I take it you are a Zazzler?
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Post by Spikey on Mon 27 Oct - 23:31

I am indeed a zazzler, although I also have some stuff on a site called Redbubble, but mostly I use them for stickers.
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Post by cartunes-r-us on Tue 28 Oct - 9:56

Keep submitting dem toons, guys---you just know it makes sense!
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