Editor Reveals: How to Send Photos to Magazines

Congratulations to readers Caroline Maryan, Sarita Simmons, and Kim Wilson!

All three are getting their travel photos published -- in print -- in International Living Magazine.

On top of that, they’re getting paid twice -- once for the print version of their photo and again for an e-newsletter version.

I asked each of them how they chose which photos to submit and how much they made. We'll hear from them tomorrow.

Getting paid for your photos is easy when you know how to pick photos that editors want -- and the right way to send photos to magazines. To help you get started down the right path, I asked International Living’s Managing Editor, Eoin Bassett, for a few tips. Here’s what he told me:

“At International Living, we publish photos which capture the magic of a place and the friendliness of the locals. Those photos which, like our articles, show how wonderful it could be to travel there, and maybe move there part time or full time.

“It’s a good idea to read a few issues, looking at the photos we use, and familiarizing yourself with our content before sending anything.

“Once you do that, the easiest way for an editor to look over your photos is to have your own website where you can send a link to a gallery of low-res images. The editor can then contact you for the high-res photos that he or she wants. This is the most successful way of getting published in IL and in other magazines for freelancers. It's easy to set one up on websites like flickr.com or MyGalleryPlace.com.

“And another quick tip: Freelancers often do not know that photos in Word documents are useless to publications. They are no longer .jpgs or .giffs and the designer just can't use them. Never send photos in a Word document.”

Thanks, Eoin!

If you’re interested in submitting photos or articles to International Living magazine, make sure to read the Writer’s Guidelines first, here.

-- Lori

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

[Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]