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Ok folks,I managed to finish the summary of the editorial protocols survey and posted the results today.  That thread is locked and will be permanently available in the Resources section of this website.

Btw, any editors who still want to contribute, by all means do so: I can add to what I have already written there.  Also you might want to read it over and check for errors; if you feel I have misstated anything, I can easily revise the text.

In that section I have added a new category — TUTORIALS — which will list a variety of such initiatives intended to educate and inform our members.   We already have a thread on copyright and image licensing, written up by Sion Touhig, and that is a permanent link that can be found both under the Tutorial heading and the Legal Advisory heading.  I am also going to post my article on Grant Writing there, and we have the Editorial Protocol thread.  That makes three.  Anyone of you want to contribute a like piece, well now you know where (and how) to do it.  Someone suggested to me that an article on multimedia storytelling might be in order here.  That could be short too.

So now we move to the big kahuna: a survey of the photo agencies.  I am going to rest a bit before tackling that mighty whale, but I have drawn up a list of some 65 people — a mix of independent and agency photographers, some editors too, all of whom I hope will be brave and generous enough to respond to the survey I will be sending them. 

The editorial survey comprises an eleven page document, if you care to copy and paste it to a Word file on your computer.  The Grants article, which I should point out, deals largely with the writing and not the finding of grants, runs to about 16 pages.  The agency survey article will probably be a bit longer, as I want to run a potted history of the Agency as a kind of prologue.  Dont hold your breath, though; I wont have that ready for a while yet.

by Jon Anderson at 2006-03-28 15:07:22 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Two thumbs up Jon! Thank’s a lot for your initiative, effort and the time you took to compile this!
I printed everything out already and will read it on my way home from work.


by [former member] | 28 Mar 2006 15:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Jon….

You’ve done a splendid and valuable job. 

Thank you,
 Bob MacDonald

by [former member] | 28 Mar 2006 15:03 | Buhl, Idaho, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Jon! Been waiting for this!

by Erik Lacson | 28 Mar 2006 15:03 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Well it would be nice, after you all have read it, to let me know what you really think, whether it was helpful or whether it could use some doctoring or additional info.  Actually I think it will help to suggest some approaches a photog could make and also prevent them from making some blunders, but that is about all. No magic charm here.

by Jon Anderson | 28 Mar 2006 16:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→

Very well done! I read tons of pages on self-promotion, but this material is one of the most useful so far.

The advice on following up a mailer with an idea pitch is one aspect that I found enligthening. It sounds like common sense, but this is something most books on self-promotion fail to mention. The typical prescribed approach is to promote yourself as an available talent by simply showing work samples (print portfolio, website, etc..) and hope that the editor will have you in mind when a project comes up that matches your style.

It is also good to know that email is an acceptable way to communicate with an editor. Personally, I am not comfortable making cold calls. One problem with email is the difficulty of finding the right email address for this type of inquiry. In my experience, most magazines would have an email address for advertising, but not editorial inquiries. A trunk line phone number is usually printed somewhere in the magazine so it’s tempting to just make a phone call. Another possible approach is to call the magazine, but not necessarily talk to the editor directly. Instead, just inquire how you can send the editor an email and/or how you can submit your idea pitch and work samples for consideration.

In any case, I keeping these information in mind when I make my next attempt at self-promotion. 

Thanks a lot and cheers!



by Erik Lacson | 29 Mar 2006 01:03 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Thanks Erik, this is good to know.   The emails are accepted, but as stated in the survey, not by everybody.   Still, if you are overseas, what choice do you have really? And a well made email approach, I feel, is a valid enough means of making contact.  As you state, too, calling in order to get the necessary information as to how to proceed is acceptable too, and that is mentioned in the survey.   After all, sometimes a secretary or an Asst editor can quickly fill you in on how that particular office handles things.

by Jon Anderson | 29 Mar 2006 04:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thank you very much Jon! :)))

what to say that hasnt been already spoken: the community owes you a tall bottle of a very old and creamy-smooth bottle of Rum. Still trying to make some connection for you here (details later, i promise)….

as you noted at the end of the thread: 

"…be a good listener.  Listen and understand.”  

more apt words have yet to be spoken :))))

cheers Jon!

by [former member] | 29 Mar 2006 06:03 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Thanks Bob, but those apt words were written by our very own LS member, John Fulton, who has on numerous occasions offered lots of sage advice to photographers.   His contribution to this survey was estimable, and I would like to point out that he was gung ho about the project from the very start and helped out a good bit with the questions too.  Way to go John.

by Jon Anderson | 29 Mar 2006 07:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→

Once again, thanks for the work.  As you can see, you are appreciated!

So after the Photo agencies, the ad agencies, right?  Just kidding…


by Marie Caulfield | 29 Mar 2006 07:03 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
Not a bad idea Marie — you want to tackle that one?  As we are in fact a loose web of synaptic connections here, a kind of benevolent anarchy rules, so anyone who wants to tackle a subject along these lines is welcome to do so.

The Grant Writing 101 article is now up on the board and linked to the Resources section as well.  That article is long, 18 pages, so I provided a Table of Contents which, if you copy and paste to your computer, should give you a standard Word style Table, but I am not sure.

by Jon Anderson | 29 Mar 2006 07:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Jon, you are an exceptionally generous spirit. People like you make the world go around.

by Paul Treacy | 29 Mar 2006 08:03 | | Report spam→
kudos to Mr. Fulton as well! :)))))…cheers,bob

by [former member] | 29 Mar 2006 08:03 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→

by Paul Treacy | 29 Mar 2006 08:03 | | Report spam→
Great job, Jon!! I printed the grant 101 post. One never knows…

Thanks for the effort and sharing.


by Luis E. Andrade | 29 Mar 2006 09:03 | Philadelphia Metro Area, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks a lot, John! Once again I am impressed by the energy ad effort you put into this project!

by Daniel Etter | 29 Mar 2006 14:03 | Cologne, Germany | | Report spam→
Jon, above and beyond the call of duty on both this and the grant writing post. Shit! I wish you were on the staff when i was at Newport. When do you actually find the time to make pictures?

by [former member] | 29 Mar 2006 16:03 | wiltshire, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
pictures?  Oh, i forgot, I am supposed to be a photographer!  All this and child rearing too.  You have any idea how demanding a three yr old can be?

No, I go in cycles; a bout of writing followed by picture taking, though lately they have been overlapping.  Course the lack of work allows me to do all this in a relaxed fashion, so I can proceed at a comfortable pace.  Poverty has its blessings.  Things are about to pick up again and get crazy.  Semana Santa y Gagá — ¡uepa!

by Jon Anderson | 29 Mar 2006 16:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Poverty has its blessings. Things are about to pick up again and get crazy. Semana Santa y Gagá — ¡uepa!

You’re nuts! LOL! Semana Santa y Merengue, ha! A fiestar!

by Luis E. Andrade | 29 Mar 2006 17:03 | Philadelphia Metro Area, United States | | Report spam→
Si estoy alocao, que es mi apodo aquí. a propósito, el Gagá no es merengue; el Gagá es musica de carnaval, tocado por instrumentos de bambú y latas. Una bulla maravillosa del pueblo.

by Jon Anderson | 30 Mar 2006 13:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→

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Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
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