October marks the time we begin hunting and gathering the editorial calendars for print magazines. All of your favorite glossies in the grocery store and nail salon. Digital magazines and blogs don’t so much publish these because their publications cycles are very fast and up to the minute. But the print publications do - in the most general sense - publish the general direction they are headed for each month in the print edition.
Editorial calendars are released starting in October, November, and sometimes not until January. Tin Shingle begins our research now, by both visiting websites of publishing houses for their media kits, as well as emailing advertising executives if we can’t find it online.
Now, sometimes what we find is very general. Like Vogue Knitting. They only publish in general when the closing date is for their Spring issue, or their Holiday issue. But for small business owners, makers and artists, this deadline is very important to know. It helps us know some very important basic information, like when the Holiday Issue is being put together. In July!!!!
Yeah. So that’s not common knowledge for you and me, but it will be now that you hang out in Tin Shingle’s Editorial Calendar database.
So, if you log in right now, the Editorial Calendar section is very sparse. The fun is just beginning as we tap the keyboard to get the themes and dates for 2019.