How to Get Your Article Published
Getting published can seem like an uphill battle. You need a tough outer shell if you’re going to succeed. There are ways in which you can increase your chances of success. Sticking to writing guidelines is one of them.
Writing guidelines tell you everything you need to know from the word count to the required format. If an editor asks for double spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman then that’s what you send. When a word count says 1100 words do it. Never think “They’ll make an exception for my story.” They won’t.
Be professional. Magazines get hundreds of manuscripts every week. If yours is dog eared or has a tea stain across it the chances are it’ll go straight into the SAE you’ve provided before the editor sees it. Check for spelling mistakes - they’re, there and their for example. Never rely on your computer. Keep your work together with a paper clip, don’t use a plastic folder. This will guarantee to make your work slide off the pile on the editor’s desk and onto the floor. Eventually they’ll leave it there.
If the guidelines don’t say they accept unsolicited manuscripts then send a query first. Address it to the editor by name. Be polite and to the point, tell them the title, subject and the word count. And make sure it’s ready to send! There is no point sending a perfect query letter, exciting an editor with your brilliant idea, only for them to answer and find you haven’t written it yet.
When you get an acceptance it’s time to celebrate. You’ve got a style that an editor likes. After a brief congratulatory period get your head down and write them something else.
Remember – you’re only as good as your last piece of work. Good luck.
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