Q: As a contributor, will I get any free copies of the magazine?
A: We are a print on demand publication. The print company, MagCloud (a Hewlett Packard company) charges us by the page, and the selling price is based on that. Contributors will have an opportunity to buy the magazine at cost. The staff of MIROIR Magazine will be paying the same price for their copies as you pay for your copy orders. Unfortunately because we are not doing a press run of hundreds of copies at one time, we will not have affordable extra copies that we can give away. Everyone who takes part in MIROIR will have the opportunity to order their own copies, with the cover of their choice for that themed edition, (usually ten cover choices). Unfortunately, we cannot afford to buy copies for our artists, no matter how much we love them, or appreciate what they do. Putting together MIROIR is a labor of love for the staff.
Q: How much does the magazine cost for print on demand through Magcloud?
A: The cost is determined by the number of pages in the total magazine. The average cost of MIROIR Magazine on MagCloud is between $25 and $35 based on the number of pages, which can typically vary between 130 to 180 pages depending on an issue’s content. Sometimes there are seasonal discounts offered by the MagCloud company allowing anyone to purchase copies at a reduced rate. Orders to MagCloud of 20 or more issues are always discounted at 25% off the cost of the order. This is considerably higher than you would pay for a magazine in a bookstore or news stand. Although we wish the cost was lower, we make no apology, we are thankful that this form of printing is available, which allows us to bring together the work of so many exceptional artists, and we hope that the magazine will be something our artists are proud to be a part of. Each issue is certainly a thing of beauty.
Q: What is the print quality of the magazine?
A: The quality is exceptional. So far we have been impressed with the color and print quality. The heavy weight of the paper and the “perfect” binding creates a very professional impression, and MIROIR feels more like the quality of a fine art book or Museum catalog than a typical magazine. The layout and design is excellent in terms of a clean consistant visual aesthetic. In a way MIROIR is quite different from other magazines, and should more accurately be called a portfolio collection and a visual anthology. MIROIR prefers it’s format of keeping all pages formatted as full page or double page spreads, rather than dicing pages up and compromising the presentation aesthetic.
Q: Will Miroir pay usage fees for my images?
A: We are a submission driven publication, what that means is that we put our portfolios together using contributed art. We are not producing this magazine to profit on your art, we are doing it because we love the art and want to be supportive of the artists. For this reason we offer bigger portfolios, and a cover to all our artists, full page portfolios to properly showcase your talent. The downside is that we can’t pay usage fees, and there are no freebees.
Q: Why do I need to send files through Drop Box?
A: The digital image files need to be large for print, which means they are often too large to attach to an e-mail. We use Drop Box because it is easy to install and use and it is a free on-line service that allows the transfer of large image files. Once you upload your images to drop box you just need to send the editor an invite and Miroir can access the images for your submission. Here is the link to get Drop Box.
If you are invited to take part in the magazine you will be given the editors e-mail.
Q: What size should my images be for the print magazine?
A: The magazine is a standard size of 8.5 X 11 inches, 2550 pixels wide and 3300 pixels tall. For a double pages spread the images need to be 5100 pixels wide. Please see our Submissions Guidelines for further details.
Q: Will I keep copyrights to my art?
A: Yes of course, all copyrights are retained by the artist. We ask our contributors to sign a release agreement giving MIROIR limited usage rights for printing in the magazine and for use on our website. To see a copy of this release, please contact us.
Q: How do I sign and return the Artist agreement?
A: The Artists or Writers Release forms are now fully digital, you can sign them on line at this link: http://miroirmagazine.com/releases/
Sign with your finger or stylus on a touch screen or with your mouse on your computer. Please keep in mind that we do need your agreement to publish before we can put your work in print.
Q: Why do I need model releases?
A: In order to publish images of recognizable living people, a standard model release is required to prevent the model or average person in your photograph or art from suing the magazine for damages. Unfortunately we live in a litigious society, which makes this a necessity. We do not need you to print copies for us, but we need your word that you have them.
Q: What are your requirements for a fashion editorial?
A: Unlike other magazines that print fashion, we are primarily an fine art publication. For this reason our expectations are a little different. Our emphasis is on art, anything avant gaurd, unusual, over the top, wild and wonderful is of interest to us. We love having designers showcased in Miroir, but we will also print fashionable images using vintage clothing or carefully mixed labels from great wardrobe stylists.
Q: What credits do you require?
A: We ask that you give us the names of all members of your creative team, designers, models, stylists, assistants, location or site credits, anyone who took part in creating your submission. We like to give credit to everyone.
Q: Why don’t you use all of the text I sent you in the magazine?
A: MIROIR is primarily a portfolio style publication, with full page visual content. Sometimes there is not enough space to print the full interview or all of the text that an artist sends us in the print issue, in that case, we do run the full interview on the Miroir website. We also do not print information with specific dates such as upcoming shows in the print issue, but we will be happy to post those on our social media pages.
Q: Why is the submission process by invitation only? I know an artist I want you to publish, will you invite them? Why don’t you have an on-line submission like other magaiznes?
A: We chose to make Miroir Magazine by invitation only at this time simply because we are short staffed. It is not a matter of excluding anyone. We just don’t have someone to receive on-line submissions or to answer those messages. Perhaps in the future we will. Likewise we would like to review suggested artists for consideration, but it is a question of time. Putting Miroir together is not our only job, it is in addition to our other jobs. We give it as many hours as is needed, which often means staying up all night. For that reason we carefully curate the issues in advance.
Q: Why do we need to send our art so early, the issue I’m to be in is a couple months away?
A: We require our artists to send their work and their artists release to us at least a month before they are published. Otherwise we run into the issue of either waiting for late submissions, or we have to pull the artists work with no time to replace the submission with another artist. We also need time to review the files to be sure that everything is the correct size for printing. Having the art and necessary text files in advance, allows us to be on time with our release date.
Q: Why was my submission pulled from Miroir Magazine?
A: If we do not have your art in time for our release date or if you forgot to send your artists release, we will unfortunately have to pull your submission. We don’t feel it is fair to keep other artists waiting. If possible we will find a way to include you in a later issue if your art fits another theme. We try to give our artists advance notice so there is plenty of time to prepare and send the submission.
Other reasons why your art might not be used for print: sometimes the samples we have of your art look great, but when we get the high-resolution copies there are issues that need correction, we usually will try to contact the artist and see if they can fix them, but if there is not enough time then they are pulled.
Common issues include the following:
- Watermarks on the image, please make sure your images do not have them. We add text during the layout process.
- Poor editing techniques, please make sure that blemishes are removed and there is a good skin quality to your model’s faces.
- The overall texture (for example, of the skin) should be consistent, we often find part of the image will be smoothed with a blur tool, while other parts show the natural pores and skin texture. We have also found this issue when people are trying to fix background problems as well, make sure the color and texture of the background corrections are uniform or homogenous.
- Improper use of textural layers The texture layer should be the same size as the image layer, if it is too small for the image, stretching the texture to fit the image will cause anomalies, over pixelation and artifacts.
- Masking has similar issues, when using a texture or background layer, please be sure that the masking covers the areas that you intend, it is helpful to look at the image at the “actual pixel” resolution to see if there are any problems with your masking.
Please look closely at your editing over-all before sending it for publication, these differences do show up in print, and I am sure you want to make the best impression when you share your work with the Miroir audience.
Q: What do I need to include in the Drop Box for my submission?
A: Your art/ image files, in the correct size for print. Also your text file, this can be in a Word Document or any other kind of text file. This should have your name, the issue you are submitting to: month and theme, your submission title (unless the title is your name). Titles of your art, credits for your models, designers and other members of your creative team, (if this applies). Your bio and/or artist statement or interview questions. Any links to websites or current shows that you want added to the Miroir website.
Q: How do I get an interview for the Miroir Magazine Website?
A: If you would like to answer the interview questions please just let us know, we would be happy to send you the questions and then post the interview on the website with samples of your art.
Q: Do I need to send only “never seen” or “never published” art?
A: For our publication this is an unrealistic expectation, we accept art that has been published or shown elsewhere as long as the artist is not violating lease agreements with other publishers. We of course would be honored to have first publishing rights to new art that you create if you would have such work available, we would be delighted.
For fashion editorials, if you have published the work elsewhere, we request that you chose a different selection of images from the same shoot to edit for our publication, if possible. However in some cases, it does not matter, as the type of publication and the audience may be quite different from where you published before. But of course we are always happy to have new work.
Q: Does it matter if I have shown my images or artwork on Face Book or other social media sites?
A: This is generally not a problem. We are fine with publishing art that has been seen. However, if you know you will publish with us in advance and have new work for us to debut, we ask that you wait to put it on social networks until after we publish. This just ads to the impact of the issue and makes for an impressive presentation of your artistry.
Q: Will you crop my art in the magazine?
A: Not if you don’t want us to. If we do a full page, or double page bleed some of the edges will get cropped during the printing process. We like to do full bleeds when possible. It looks great and has a strong impact. However we do not choose to do this unless the art is right for a bleed. Otherwise we will float the images on the page with a white or black background. Some cropping usually needs to be done with the cover image, however the art will also be in the layout.
Q: What makes an image good for a bleed?
A: To use an image in a full page bleed, the important elements of the art need to be toward the center on a single page, or on either side of the center if it is a double page bleed. The concerns are both the edges of the art or photo, and the centerfold. If you are editing a photograph with the intention of submitting it to a magazine, keep in mind that you need to leave some space at the edges that can be trimmed off. No hands, feet, heads, noses or other important elements should be too close to the edge. For a double page, do not have objects of interest or faces in the middle of your image, remember there will be a fold there.