Types of Articles and Departments
Articles should focus on materials, processes, techniques, projects and related subjects, and should be presented in an easy-to-understand, well-illustrated format, for advanced intermediate to advanced level potters. Our readers want substantive how-to information about anything connected with making pottery throwing, handbuilding, glazing, clay and glaze technology, kilns and firing, design, equipment, safety, studio setup and projects. We do not publish product comparisons, reviews of professional ceramic shows, artist profiles, articles advocating unsafe procedures, or projects for children younger than high school age.
Prepare your manuscript for Pottery Making Illustrated as follows:
The quality of images is very important in determining manuscript acceptance. Any images submitted for publication should be in focus, properly exposed, with a full range of contrast and full depth of field. Here are some additional guidelines:
Include all captions on a separate sheet of paper. Each image or graphic element must have a caption. Make sure image file names clearly match up with caption numbers. Captions for processes and techniques should describe the activity shown. Captions for finished ware should include: the title, dimensions, specific ceramic medium (earthenware, porcelain, etc.), forming/glazing techniques, cone number and firing process (pit fired, high fire, raku, etc.).
Provide a brief one or two sentence biography about yourself and include an e-mail address, web address, fax number or postal address if you want direct reader feedback. Our authors have indicated that this has been a valuable tool. If images or illustrations were provided by a third party, include her/his name so proper credit may be published. It is your responsibility to obtain the rights for any photographs, illustrations or other third-party materials submitted.
Manuscripts are edited first for style, grammar, punctuation, technical accuracy and then to meet layout requirements. Because changes may occur up to the time the magazine is on press, we can’t provide final proofs; however, galley proofs are available on request. Pottery Making Illustrated uses professional designers and production personnel to provide article layout and design. Please do not send any layout or design work, just concentrate on the content, photos, illustrations and the writing.
Please send a complete submission including one copy of your manuscript (electronic and hard copy) and related materials (images, caption list and drawings), but be sure to keep a copy for your records. Include a self-addressed, padded envelope with sufficient postage if you would like your materials returned. Slides should be sent in flexible plastic slide sheets. Protect your slides, transparencies or prints with cardboard and mark the package “Contains Photographs—Do Not Bend.” Send all materials with a cover letter either first-class or priority mail to:
Bill Jones, Editor
Evaluation and Acceptance
When your submission arrives, it will receive immediate attention. A member of the editorial staff will acknowledge receipt and ask for additional information or images if necessary. Once the submission is complete, the editors will consider it for publication. Acceptance decisions are made at monthly review meetings. Publication contracts for accepted feature articles will be mailed at that time. Submissions not accepted will be returned promptly. The average time from acceptance to publication is between two months and one year, depending on article length and subject. Feature authors and artists are notified approximately one month prior to publication.
We ask for exclusive worldwide rights for the text (both print and electronic versions, including but not limited to publishing on demand, database online services, reprints or books), and nonexclusive rights for use of the photographic materials in print or electronic media. This nonexclusive agreement allows for the continued use of the photographic material in any way the artist chooses after the article has appeared in Pottery Making Illustrated.
When your article is published, you’ll be paid at the current rate of $0.10 per word for text and $25.00 per image or graphic illustration.
Following publication, you’ll receive two complimentary copies of the magazine containing your article.
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