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American Woodturner: Getting Published
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The American Woodturner journal welcomes articles covering all aspects of woodturning: its history, tools and materials, techniques, projects, local chapter news, profiles, galleries and exhibits, and design and criticism.


The journal requires that your material is original and that you have the right to publish it. We occasionally reprint pieces that have appeared elsewhere, but that’s rare. If you submit something to us for publication, do not send it for consideration elsewhere, unless it has already been rejected by American Woodturner. We require authors to sign a copyright agreement for articles published in American Woodturner.


You don’t have to be a polished writer, but enthusiasm and knowledge about your topic are essential. The editor can take what you write and turn it into the type of article appropriate for our readers. One of the jobs of an editor is to make authors look really good in print! You, on the other hand, must ensure that the photographs are of good quality and high enough resolution.


How to Begin

For initial review, send the editor a brief abstract describing your article. A few sentences or a short outline will suffice.


After initial go-ahead by the editor, proceed with the writing. Submit the article, in electronic form, along with photos and photo captions. Articles must be submitted with the text only in a separate file from images. Do not send documents with images, drawings, or graphs embedded in them. The text must be in a separate file with no added embellishments. Articles not submitted this way might be returned with a request to resubmit according to these guidelines. Send photos separately (see details below). Captions should be in a third and separate document. Number each caption so it corresponds with the photo it describes (or captions can be written at the end of the article document).


Be sure to include a short bio to accompany your article. Readers like to know about you. If you want to include contact information or your website, that’s great - we’ll include it!



Requirements for print photography are different than photography used on a website. Quality, high-resolution images are required for reproduction clarity. Here is an example of good photography techniques and processes:

Good photos make for excellent articles! Electronic photos must be high-resolution images in jpg (preferred) or tif format. About 1MB to 3MB is a good size. If your images are below 1MB, the resolution usually is not high enough and the images will not reprint well. Please do not manipulate your photos before you send them. We do the manipulating and color balancing.


Do not use a sheet or cloth as a background for images. Sheets detract from the object being photographed. Gray background paper is best for images of your turned items.


For photos of techniques or processes, avoid including background clutter so the focus will be on the action being illustrated. Take several images of each step that you want to show. It’s easy to delete images that don’t work but not so easy to set up steps and procedures again if you have to redo pictures.


Use good lighting. If you don’t know what this means, do a bit of research or experiment with various lights and flashes. Look at images in other publications and determine "good" from "bad" photos. Please read the articles listed above.


You can send your high-resolution images to the editor on a CD or upload them to an FTP site. For small quantities of high-resolution images, send them by email.


Download Photo Resizing Guidelines


Editorial Procedures

The journal is published six times a year. There is a backlog of articles, so your article could be in our queue for up to a year or more before being published. The editor will attempt to keep authors informed as to the status of an article. If you do not hear from the editor after several months, please send an inquiry.


The journal pays authors for feature articles and for some news items, upon publication, and after a copyright agreement is signed. Experienced authors are paid more than authors who are just beginning. Authors receive one complimentary copy of American Woodturner. Additional copies of the journal in which your article appears can be purchased at half the newsstand price, plus postage. Contact info@woodturner.org to order additional copies.



Journal Problems?

If you have not received your American Woodturner journal or if you received a damaged issue, please contact us at memberservices@woodturner.org, 651-484-9094, or 877-595-9094 (toll free).


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