Advice for Writers: Making Submissions Professional

Editors and other publishing professionals (including slush pile interns) say the same thing over and over again: 90% of rejections occur because a) the manuscript was formatted incorrectly or b) the manuscript is not something that publisher actually publishes (sending urban fantasy to a sword-and-sorcery magazine). Making sure your cover letter has the right information, that the MS has page numbers and a cover page, and that you’ve done your homework on your chosen publication will spare you a lot of frustration, rejection, and the oh-so-fashionable alcoholism that has plagued great writers like Hemingway and Kerouac.

All this is covered in the Science Fiction Writers of America’s article on beginning writers. Follow the link below!

http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/faq-for-beginning-writers/

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