Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Final Checks

This is always a tough one, but it is sooooo crucial.

Before you send out any manuscript, make sure to take the time to look over that manuscript one more time for any silly little mistakes. We won't kill you for the small stuff but like Hallmark says, "when you care enough to send the very best." That statement is so true.

Common things I have seen coming in submissions?

  • Writers have used the "review function" but forgot to take out the notes to themself for later research.
  • Page numbers messed up
  • Missing the basics in the cover letter (i.e. the title, word count or genre)
  • Do you have an accurate email?
  • People have forgotten to insert the material in an e-query.

Sure these are small, but you don't want to mess with small stumbles like this when you have a one shot deal.


1 comment:

  1. I recently received an article for a newsletter I'm working on. The author had revision marking left turned on! It was also pretty obvious that they'd rushed it out and hadn't bothered to even proofread it.