10 Tips on How to Cultivate Relationships with Editors
If you are an aspiring writer, or you simply want to augment your professional qualifications by publishing material related to your field of expertise, listen up. Here are a few tips that will help ingratiate you in hearts and minds of editors. Once you’ve established a positive rapport with an editor, you may find publication to be an excellent outlet for your work – and if you’re good enough – you may be invited to submit more work.
1. Editors prefer e-mail correspondence above all else – especially when submitting query letters and final articles. If you e-mail a story, make sure to paste it into body of e-mail, just in case conversion of an attached file does not go smoothly. E-mailing correspondence and articles means editor can cut and paste it into publication, without having to retype. Digital delivery saves editor lots of time.
2. If you promise an editor something – an article, a short bio, or a high resolution photo – make sure you deliver it. Always follow through with your promises, and that editor will remember you as reliable.
3. Before submitting a story, remember to fact check accuracy of dates and spelling of places, names, and geographic locations. Most editors will revise your work even further, because that’s their job – to make work even better. But few editors will continue to work with a writer who submits sloppy material that needs to be fact checked or heavily rewritten each time. Worse yet, you don’t want to submit something with factual errors in it.
4. Have a short, three to five sentence bio on yourself ready to submit to editors. Not all publications provide information on authors with published articles, but when they do, you want to take advantage of free publicity. Don’t EVER submit a one page or one paragraph bio to an editor, unless they specifically request this much material. They’re being gracious by providing some space and most editors will not want to take time to carve a bio down.
5. Have a publicity photo of yourself ready for publication and in digital format. For print media publications dots per inch (dpi) should be a minimum of 300. For newspapers 150-200 dpi will suffice, though you should ask editor or graphics department which they prefer. DO NOT send print media editors 72 dpi, or low resolution photos. This resolution is usually standard setting for a digital camera, and is acceptable for publication on world wide web, but is not appropriate for print media. Once a photo is shot, chances are very good that not much can be done to improve dots per inch, except shrink it to 3 times its former size.