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* Use The Standard Format
Most ezine editors expect your article to be in this format:
Plain text, hard wrapped at 60-65 characters per line.
It's only way to guarantee piece appears as intended. Anything else creates extra work for editors, either reformatting, deleting HTML code, or fixing incorrectly printing characters. To save time, such articles are passed over.
* Don't Send Your Article As An Attachment.
Attachments require opening, something that may be put off and forgotten about. Worse still, legitimate fear of virus infection means many people delete them on sight. Paste your article into body of email, so editors can scan through it immediately.
* Don't Send Multiple Copies
It's tiresome to have to delete 2 or 3 copies of your article each time you make a submission. And it tells recipient you don't value their time. A source of annoyance, your article will lose points in comparison to other articles of equal merit: The subconscious mind is a powerful thing!
Check your submission list for duplicate domains. Those from free email accounts are usually obvious, but if you're unsure, check. It takes less than a minute to paste a domain name into a browser and load site. How much money would you make if your article was published? Worth a minute?
* Don't Say How Wonderful Your Article Is
All too often I receive article submissions that start something like this:
"Hi! Here's a great new article for your ezine that your subscribers will love!"
Few ezine editors will appreciate YOU telling them your work is great. Or that THEIR subscribers will love it, especially when it's obvious you don't even know editor's name, nor title of their ezine.
Save this article (now, before you forget!) and refer to it next time you write one of your own. Most submissions an editor receives are passed over for one reason or another. The secret is to stack odds in YOUR favor. Give editors what they want and you WILL be rewarded!
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