When you are attempting to impress a magazine editor, professionalism counts. If you are a beginning writer without a strong industry reputation, you can”t afford to submit material in a manner that marks you as a novice or an amateur. Here are seven tips to help your article manuscript appear more professional.
- Don”t use staples.
- Don”t clip, and especially don”t staple, your cover letter to the manuscript.
- Don”t use a separate cover page.
- Don”t justify text or align the right margin.
- Don”t insult the editor”s intelligence or intentions by putting a copyright notice on the manuscript.
- Don”t use unusual fonts.
- Do include suggested subheads
Do use paper clips in the top left corner of your manuscript (butterfly clips or paper clamps for articles of more than ten pages). Don”t use staples.
It”s pretentious for an article-length manuscript and wholly unnecessary.
Ragged right is fine.
It”s copyrighted as soon as you write it.
A simple Times Roman will do fine.
If the magazine”s style is to use subheads, in the body of your manuscript do include suggested subheads; however, don”t rely on subheads as a substitute for transitions.