Thursday, May 3, 2012

Daydream is a painful reality

Daydream Believer will NOT become a project submission to Bead Trends magazine.  I had time to think on it, and sleep on it, and re-read the rules and regulations for submission. I emailed them this morning, respectfully declining.   Here are the reasons that I am not accepting the proposal, and things that you may want to take into consideration before submitting a photo for project submission, too:
They request and REQUIRE that ALL photos of the piece be removed from THE INTERNET until the project is published, which in my case, isn't until OCTOBER.  Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm extremely proud of a piece of work, I brag about it.  Sorry, folks - I like to toot my own horn.  And in doing so - because cyber space is a wonderful world to live in - there are sources for doing so in many, many, many forms - like Pinterest for instance.  How many repins of this necklace were there?  And how do I unpin them all?  Frankly - I don't WANNA unpin them all, and the comments and pats on the back that went along.  Same with Facebook.  I have a wonderful photo album of this piece, and some nice comments that I would rather not delete.  And this blog.  And Flickr.  And probably a few others that I can't think of this early in the morning. 
Also - because I had no idea I'd be wanting or even thinking about submitting this as a project when I started, I didn't keep track of where I got all the pieces and parts - which I accumulated from several places over the course of about 8 months before I started on it.  Some were purchased from different vendors at Bead Bonanza, some were purchased at Bead Haven, some in other places, some retail, some not.  I DIDN'T keep track.  How did I know I needed to?  I've submitted and had projects published in the past, but they weren't this product heavy, so remembering where I got one or two components was easier.
MOSTLY - I guess, now that I think about it, and am faced with the whole project issue - I don't WANT this to be a project that anyone can make.  I want it to remain OOAK.  So I guess I probably shouldn't have submitted it.  My bad.
So anyway - those are a few things that I guess you really need to think about when submitting for a project (those, and how easy it is to do step by step instructions.  This one would have been crazy HARD).   I am still excited that they accepted me, and won't let it deter me from submitting again - just more carefully next time.
Off to do my daily Etsy listing.  Not sure what other tags to use to get people there - but even listing everyday - I'm not being viewed.  I'm wondering if, because Etsy has changed it's seller guidelines so that resellers can also join in at like, .99 cents for a pair of earrings, buying handmade is just not popular anymore.  Sad.
Back later to share photos of the pillow I just finished embroidering for that wedding gift.  CUTE!
Peaceful beading,


Courtney Breul said...

I totally get it. But have to say, that piece is STUNNING! I would want to brag also. Really beautiful piece.

coolmoon said...

Thanks, Courtney. As much as I would love to be published again someday, it really is something to consider when you create as uniquely as I do. Most of my pieces are one of a kind, done on the fly with no plan. Kind of hard to duplicate, and now that I really think about it, I don't know if I WANT them to be duplicated.
I do have some earrings I created recently, and also my Lady Love bracelet that I could submit. IF I feel like it. Deadlines are not a favorite - STRESSFUL!
So glad you stopped by - keep on reading!
Cool Moon