How I got featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

May 23, 2017

Designing Vibes in Better Homes and Gardens

For those of you who haven’t heard the news, I was recently bestowed the incredible honor of being featured in the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

For the most part, I try not to obnoxiously flaunt my accomplishments for the world to see as I believe humility is the best approach. BUT…when something this surreal happens, I definitely feel compelled to share it and celebrate it with my readers.To be quite honest, on the day in/day out grind, blogging can be a thankless endeavor and opportunities like this are typically few and far between.

So, yeah…I definitely want to shout this achievement from the rooftops, but I also want to share the process that led me into being featured in such a prestigious publication. Below I have also included some tips for increasing your odds of being featured in a major magazine.

 

how i got into better homes and gardens magazine

It all started one day when I was sitting in my doctor’s office reading an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I saw a fellow blogger featured in the magazine and I thought to myself- one day, when I have created something I consider worthy of this magazine,  I am going to submit it.

You see, Better Homes and Gardens magazine actually accepts submissions. Well, a few months passed and I finally published what I thought to be a DIY masterpiece on my blog: DIY Cone Light Pendants (which you can read here). I submitted a link to the blog post with a a brief pitch to  ididit@meredith.com (which is the email address where BHG takes submissions).

how i got into better homes and gardens magazine

A few weeks passed, and I didn’t hear anything. On top of that, my pendant light post turned out to be a bit of a flop on Pinterest (which is how I get most of my traffic and thus my ad revenue and livelihood).

In the midst of what I thought to be rejection, we had started demolishing our old deck and had just discovered our pool would need to be excavated and demo-ed as well( talk about a homeowner’s nightmare- over a $30,000 surprise). After a week of renovation hell, hormonal mood swings and struggles only a work-from-home mother of young children can understand, I remember standing in my kitchen exhibiting the onset of  a nervous breakdown-spewing emotional outbursts while my husband watched in bewilderment. I can recall my rants went something like this…..

Buying this house was a mistake!…….. What the f%c*k were we thinking taking on a fixer upper?!…. I am a shitty mother because I am always too busy and exhausted to play with my children!…..On top of that, my body is ruined from two pregnancies and I will always be a fat cow no matter how hard I work out!….Why cant we just be millionaires?!…. I should give up blogging because it is time away from my children and unnecessary stress! And on and on.(First world problems; I know and I am not proud!)

boho chic kitchen

That night, I really felt like I had reached my boiling point. I felt so down in the dumps, I remember not really even wanting to get out of bed the next morning(of course,  that is not an option with a one-year-old and three-year-old.) The show must go on.

As the dawn of a new day manifested,  I forced myself out of bed, poured my obligatory cup of black coffee and began my morning ritual of checking my emails. This particular morning however,  the heavens smiled down on me- my inbox contained an email from a Kit Selzer of Better Homes and Gardens.

She told me she was interested in including my cone pendants in an issue of BHG and wanted to know if I could send her the high-resolution images of my project as well as remove my “designingvibes.com” watermark from them. She said she would pass them by the art director and editor-in-chief for approval and get back to me as soon as she knew more.

how i got into better homes and gardens magazine

The few days I waited for Kit’s reply seemed like an eternity, but the wait was worth it. She told me the art director and editor-in-chief wanted to use my images and story for the I did it! feature in the June 2017 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. But before I could fully release my joy in a celebratory dance,  she warned me there was a small chance my feature could get cut from the magazine. Apparently, on a few rare occasions, stories get cut at the very last minute. So basically I was on edge until I received my very own copy of the June issue right before Mother’s Day,  and boy was that the best Mother’s Day present ever.

how to get published in a magazine

 

For those of you interested in being featured in a major publication, I have listed some tips below.

How to Increase Your Chances of Being Featured in a Publication

  • Shoot your images in RAW format, for ultimate editing capabilities and quality
  • Be sure to keep original, high resolution (300 dpi) copies of your file (void of any watermarks)
  • Submit your best work.. Don’t wait around for editors to find you. In fact, Kit told me that is how most of these articles come into fruition.
  • Include a well-written, thoughtful pitch along with photos and , if applicable, a link to the original post on your site.
  • Make sure your “after” photos are magazine quality – bright, clear and well-styled. I use Lightroom and Photoshop editing software to ensure bright, crisp photos.
  • Take photos of each step of the DIY process for a detailed, easy to follow tutorial.

So there you have it. That is how this little country bumpkin landed onto the pages of Better Homes and Gardens freaking magazine.

Now get out there and design some good vibes.

Designing Vibes in Better Homes and Gardens

 

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17 Comments
    1. So proud of you Erica! You are so incredibly inspiring! I cannot tell you how excited i am for you and everything that’s in store for you!!

    1. That was a fantastic read! It makes me believe it could happen to me 🙂 it starts with a vision and a dream… congrats to you and thank you for sharing!

      1. You never know if you never try. Send your content out to editors and just see what happens. Best wishes, friend. 🙂

    1. Fantastic job! You are one of my favorite bloggers & now in my favorite magazine.
      Congrats!!

    1. This is so great Erica! Thanks for sharing your story. I feel all us bloggers can relate. You look gorgeous and your project is beautiful! Maybe I’ll have to reach out.

      1. Girl, you totally need to submit your work. You are an incredibly talented (not to mention gorgeous) blogger and you have so much amazing work worthy of magazine status.

    1. So proud of you Erica! You arrange amazing woman! Love you!

    1. I actually saw this article yesterday before reading this post! Great job! Congratulations! I’m excited for you.

    1. Erica this is amazing and thank you so much for including the tips to help increase your chances of being featured! Motherhood is such a hard job in itself let alone working and blogging full time as well, hang in there girl you are doing an amazing job and you help inspire so many people daily! Congratulations on your big feature, hope you have many more in the future.

      1. Thank you so much for your continued support and kind words, friend. You have no idea how much it means.

    1. Congrats.Stop being so hard on yourself.most times we are our own worst enemy.you’re a beautiful woman with two great kids.i never heard of you before Better Homes .but,I started following after.you do good work keep it up

    1. This is beyond exciting and a HUGE complement to you and your mad design skills! I’m so glad that it came at just the right time to give you a huge boost! God is so good like that, huh? Love ya girl! Keep on loving your family and designing good vibes!

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