Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rules to Follow if You Want To Get Past the Slushpile

Theresa, let's just, as we go through our slush this month, make a list of the most basic rules submissions should follow. You know, the sorts of rules that, if violated, suggest a sort of cluelessness. (There I go, being mean again!)

I doubt any of our readers are ignorant of these rules, but heck, maybe some day we can put these all together and sell the list as "The Secret!"

1. Double space the manuscript. Indent paragraphs. Do not extra-space between them.

2. Number your pages. The number usually goes in a header in the top right corner with your last name... Rasley/221

3. Put your contact info (name, address, phone, email) on a title page and also at the top of the first page of the manuscript.

3 comments:

Dara said...

Sounds basic, but I hear complaints from editors all the time that authors don't follow this stuff, so, I guess not quite as basic as it should be!

Dave in SC said...

Many people don't do their research; some pay no attention to such 'minor details'; and a few honestly believe that not conforming to the rules will help their work to 'stand out'. "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

Edittorrent said...

Editors get far more submissions than they have publishing slots... so part of reading the slushpile is looking for reasons to reject!

Alicia