Getting Published

Written by Bob Osgoodby

Continued from page 1

Let's discuss articles for online publication. Never send an article by email that requires someone to open an attachment, go to a web page to retrieve it, or request it through an auto- responder. A publisher, faced with a deadline to meet, just won't jump through these hoops to see if your article is appropriate.

Realize thatrepparttar presentation of your article is paramount. If it is a "jumbled mess" with long and short lines because an improper line length was used in your email, it will not be read. This is simply sloppy, and reflects negatively onrepparttar 129912 author. Any submission should be compatible withrepparttar 129913 line length used inrepparttar 129914 publication, and should be between 60 and 65 characters in length. Articles with these line lengths don't require substantial editing, are appreciated by publishers, and have a much greater chance of being accepted.

A common error many authors make, is to makerepparttar 129915 article too long. In any publication, space is at a premium. If your article is over 900 words,repparttar 129916 chances of it being published, are greatly decreased. While you might have a great article, unless it has appeal to a very specialized audience, very few people, if any, will ever see it - it's just too long. The ideal length is between 700 and 900 words. Articles of 250 to 350 words are also a good bet, as publishers are always looking for "fillers".

Most publishers will immediately reject an attachment in .doc format because ofrepparttar 129917 danger of viruses. If you do include an attachment, do it in .txt format as that is safe to open.

A great way of sending articles, is to format them in a fixed line length inrepparttar 129918 body ofrepparttar 129919 email, and include an unformatted copy with no fixed line length in text format as an attachment. This allowsrepparttar 129920 publisher to be able to readrepparttar 129921 article, and if they publish in an HTML format to directly import it into their publication. If they archiverepparttar 129922 articles, they can put them on their web site with no editing required.

If you provide a short synopsis ofrepparttar 129923 article, a word count, and a properly formatted article,repparttar 129924 odds of it being published are good. Publishers are busy people, and anything you can do to reduce their workload, will pay dividends.

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Written by Craig Lock

Continued from page 1

This is essentially a summary of allrepparttar main points

mentioned before.

I believerepparttar 129910 key to writing good articles lies in good


Collecting your material and thinking clearly.

Spend a quiet time thinking before you even set pen to paper.

Ask for inspiration.

Your article should answerrepparttar 129911 five questions of a very

inquisitive person:







I've just remembered I used to drive my dad 'dilly' with those questions when I was a kid.

"Inquisitive little bugger!"

As I mentioned,repparttar 129912 title and your first words are of vital importance to grab your reader's attention.

Make them want to read more.

Develop your theme step by step - it's like building a wall brick by brick.

Plan what you are going to say, and how you are going to say it.

Make a list of your main points.

Then elaborate on them.

Progress logically, naturally and smoothly from one to another, so that they lead to a conclusion.

I'm repeating myself, not out of senility... but for effect.

Also saves merepparttar 129913 trouble of even more editing!

Have a strong summary to round off your article.

If you know exactly how you are going to end off ,repparttar 129914 more easily you will shaperepparttar 129915 article as a whole.

It's like starting off with a piece of clay then moulding and shaping it.

You are adding your personal touch, a bit of your personality, your individual thoughts and creativity torepparttar 129916 sculpture of life.

It is a bittle bit ofrepparttar 129917 real you coming out - a little of you and your unique "work of art" is being expressed torepparttar 129918 world.


Not one of my strong points, but here are a few points to help you...hopefully!

# Present your work on A4 size paper.*

# Type on one side ofrepparttar 129919 page only.

# Use "double space" between lines.

# Leave a margin of at least 1 inch (25cm) each side, top and bottom.

# Have a Title Page withrepparttar 129920 name ofrepparttar 129921 writer on it. Makes you feel quite proud of your 'little effort'!

# Use a Header withrepparttar 129922 Title, Your Name and Page No.

Much easier writing forrepparttar 129923 www and being published onrepparttar 129924 net. No chopping down trees, sorepparttar 129925 "greenies" must be very happy.


I firmly believe writing articles should be entertaining as well as informative. I aim for that in my writing STYLE.

Don't be too impersonal - put in little anecdotes about yourself.

Also don't be afraid to express personal opinions on issues.

(I must learn to keep quiet at times!)

So why not start writing that article.

You may even see that article published.

Seeing my first article in print gave me a big thrill.

Now use your creative imagination torepparttar 129926 fullest and happy writing. Perhaps I may even see your name in print.

Good luck and happy writing

Craig Lock

Creative Writing Course

Craig Lock

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