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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 that 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 on author. Any submission should be compatible with line length used in 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 make article too long. In any publication, space is at a premium. If your article is over 900 words, 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 of 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 in body of email, and include an unformatted copy with no fixed line length in text format as an attachment. This allows publisher to be able to read article, and if they publish in an HTML format to directly import it into their publication. If they archive articles, they can put them on their web site with no editing required.
If you provide a short synopsis of article, a word count, and a properly formatted article, 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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