036: Do You Know the Answers to These Submissions Questions?

Podcast | writing for children and teens | writing for magazines | Writing nonfiction for children
January 27, 2017

Do You Know the Answers to These Submissions Questions?

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Submit

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8 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR SUBMISSION

1. Does the title grab an editor’s attention? Does it offer a peek at the tone, subject, theme or unique vision of your story?

2. Is the story appropriate for your target market? Don’t send magazine articles to book publishers. Don’t send fiction to a market that buys only nonfiction. The key to knowing what’s appropriate is research. One way to research is listen to Episode 012-Is-This-a-Picture-Book?

3. Does the first sentence make you want to read the story? Does something happen in the first paragraph? If you can say “it gets better” about anything to do with your first page, then you need to revise. You only get one chance to grab the reader, so do it right away.

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