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.
It”s pretentious for an article-length manuscript and wholly unnecessary.
- Don”t justify text or align the right margin.
Ragged right is fine.
- Don”t insult the editor”s intelligence or intentions by putting a copyright notice on the manuscript.
It”s copyrighted as soon as you write it.
- Don”t use unusual fonts.
A simple Times Roman will do fine.
- Do include suggested subheads
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.
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.