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way to get happily published over and over
is to please editors.
How? Let's look at
it from the editor's point of view.
The editor assigns a story. Here's what he or she expects:
work must be written well. If it needs
a bit of copyediting or touch-up, this is no
problem. But think of how happy an editor would
be if your work can be printed without any
work must be in the style and tone of
the publication to which it's submitted. Be
sure the story and your style are appropriate
to the publication. (See Know
piece must be the right length. An editor
has only so much space to give a story. If
the story is too long, the editor must chop
and cut, perhaps ruining the story in the process.
If it's too short, the editor must come after
you to write more. Don't submit work
that is too long and think
"The editor may want to cut some bits, so
there's extra to fill in."
If the editor finds parts that need to be cut
or modified, she'll tell you. If the story
is too long, she's going to have to figure
out how to cut it, which is more difficult
for her than for you, so you've just increase
her work load, and she's not going to take
kindly to it.
story must be submitted on time. "I
wasn't hired to print white space,"
one editor once told me. If the story is not
there on time, the editor is in real trouble.
If you're the writer who is late, you're the
cause of the trouble. Enough said.
must be a source of photos. Virtually
every publication puts photos with travel stories.
Photos are the essence of travel. If you don't
take them, at least find out where photos can
be gotten, such as from a chamber of commerce,
state or national tourism office, or a photography
stock house. (See Get
you make an editor happy, that editor will be
very happy to work with you again.