January 2, 2018
As I peruse a lot of photographers and models IG feeds, I noticed a trend of mentioning that they are published. What does this mean to me? Nothing! and it should mean nothing to you as well. EVERYONE is published nowadays and the quality of work in those publications are sub par. It is usually filled with poorly lit tits and ass images that had absolutely no styling done. Now if you tell me that you are published in international print magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazarr, Marie Clair, Glamour, etc. now you can impress me.
There used to be a time in the 80's 90's when being published was a big deal and your work had to be stellar. Nowadays, there is so many online magazines being sprung up on MagCloud, it's hard to keep track. Some photographers/models even go so far as to start their own to be "published" with mostly their own content just for that elite status.
Now ask yourself this: Is this online magazine ever going to be on a news stand anywhere in the world? Is this magazine known anywhere outside of this country/province/town? Is this magazine selling anywhere?
Hard questions, but I think you know where I'm coming from. The online magazines have too many restrictions as to what you can and can't do with your own work without paying a dime to you as an artist. Some go as far as to ask for a submission fee with no guarantee of publication. You know how much work effort you put into your editorial to try to get published, why would you pay to have it seen by no one other than yourself, your model, or team of stylists. Face it, you are the only ones paying for those magazines, cause no one will buy it unless it happens to be a major print publication. They charge you for your own work! AND if there's any profit, it does not come back to you. YAY, you've been scammed for a little vanity.
A better option to make money from your work (models and photographers alike) is to sell prints and forget the silliness of being "published". Sites like DeviantART, Patreon and the like gives you these options and in my opinion has far greater reach than being able to say on your IG feed "Internationally published artist". After all, isn't EVERYBODY published these days?