Here at British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, we are always on the lookout for new talent.
Joanna Kent, the editor, is in charge of all the projects that go into the magazine. She is the main point of contact when thinking about publishing and can answer any initial questions you may have.
We translate your instructions into ‘P&Q Speak’ so don’t worry too much about the layout. All the projects have a similar tone which makes it easier for our readers to understand the instructions. You may notice we use similar phrasing for particular techniques.
Check, check and re-check your instructions, especially the requirements.
We can spot most things and can do rough estimates, but we don’t make the projects, we don’t have the luxury of the time or money, and so we rely on the project designers to do their job properly.
A finished quilt or item is always the best way to for Joanna to judge a project but if you are presenting a drafted design idea she will need at least a colour suggestion, ideally a mock-up, so she can see what she’s likely to be getting if she says yes. Try not to present one idea and then change it! This is not fair on Joanna as editor, or yourself. When starting out, it is best to present a finished project rather than an idea. You will have time to finish it and check all your requirements and instructions without the dreaded deadline that we work to hanging over you and causing mistakes through rushing.
We do work to deadlines. There are no allowances. We go to print on a specific day and if you are given a date to work too, then we need to be sure you can hit it. If there are any problems, and they do happen, try and give us plenty of notice. The odd unforeseen circumstance can be worked around but this should be a very rare occurrence.
Worst that can happen is that we say no, but doesn’t happen often. It may be that we have similar projects lined up already. It’s not personal. She might often guide people or make suggestions if she feels their design submission needs a bit of tweaking.
Taking ‘Work In Progress’ (WIP) images is always a good idea. ‘A picture says a thousand words’ and can be more useful than drawing a diagram. Try and get good quality images. We use our iPhones a surprising amount! Think about lighting and shadows, clear detail and in focus. A north facing window can be useful as you tend to get a diffused light rather than strong sunlight.
If you feel you have something you would like to submit, then email images (flat shots of quilt or all round shots of bags or other items) when you are ready to proceed to Joanna Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org
A standard contract will need to be signed, contact Joanna for further details.