Magazine Writing: Following Up

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: 

Portable MFA in Creative Writing: Magazine Writing

Submitting Queries and Following Up: 

The first question you may be thinking about is How long should I wait before I follow-up on a query submission? Most editors will let you know in about two or three weeks. This isn’t always the case, but it’s your job to follow-up.

If you don’t hear from the editor, send an email. If you don’t hear from them after a couple of months, send the query to another possible source.

What Happens When You Get the Assignment:

  1. Make sure the assignment is the same as your query letter. Sometimes editors tweak the story, so if there is any question, ask the editor if she wants the same story you submitted.
  2. Find out the due date. Turn it in on time and make sure it is well-researched, well-written and clean.
  3. Find out the word count. This is non-negotiable.
  4. Usually you will get a contract that states the word count, due date and payment.
  5. If you aren’t offered a contract, ask for a letter of agreement that includes the above items.

I recommend printing out the contract and filing it along with a copy of  your article. I have been sent the incorrect payment and I had to review the contract to make sure, so keep it handy.

Next week we will discuss How to Get Started with the article, i.e. Research.

Haiku of the day:

Grey Cloud Haiku

relentless clouds spill
a drizzle of ice and snow—
a sliver of warmth

Who’s ready for spring?

~Nicole

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