Last week we looked at the first five ways to impress a magazine or ezine editor. Let’s continue.
6. Acknowledge that the editor is busy. Keep your correspondence to the point. Be professional.
7. When necessary, a friendly follow-up is nice. But don’t bepushy, or—as one editor said, “a bug.”
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9. Be willing to turn a story around quickly, and then rewrite it just as quickly. “Rarely,” said one editor, “do we accept a story on the first submission.” Impress editors by listening to ideas and criticism, fix the issues, and go the extra mile.
10. Spell the editor’s name correctly, and no “Dear Editor” or “To whom it may concern.” How embarrassing that this even has to be mentioned. Always check the most recent edition of Sally Stuart’s Christian Writer’s Market Guide for contact information.
Finally, and of great importance: Attend writers conferences! The Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Writing for the Soul conference in Denver, February 10 – 13, 2011, is just the one to start off the new year.
Special thanks to Cheri Cowell, Jesse Florea, Shawn McEvoy, and Cynthia Schnereger.
Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. She enjoys her work as a CWG mentor and as a Vice-President of Word Weavers, National.