6 Submission Mistakes

Good morning to all.
Although this post is speaking to traditional publishing some of these tips are good for any type of submissions.
I cannot tell you how many submissions I have to reject each week because people don’t…
* check and recheck their work
* Follow guidelines
and
* pay attention to detail.
It slows down the process and sets you up to fail.
Read this post and aim to do better in your writing in 2019.

K.M. Allan

The hard work isn’t over when you type “The End” on your final draft, nor does it finish after months of editing.

If you’re a writer who wants to see your manuscript published traditionally, you’ll need to work on a submission package for agents and publishers. If you want to give your MS the best chance of standing out in the slush pile, that should include avoiding these 6 submission mistakes.

Not Checking It Every time You Submit

You might think it’s over the top to double-check a submission before hitting send if you’ve read it a million times and know for sure it’s correct, but you know what? That’s what the typos want you to think.

Those little gremlins are always there, tricking your eyes. I sent off three submissions last week, and on the third one, I still found a typo even though I was positive the…

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4 Responses to 6 Submission Mistakes

  1. K.M. Allan says:

    Thanks for the reblog. Glad to hear the tips apply to all submissions 😊.

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    • Patty says:

      You’re welcome.

      Yes. Other than the parts about query letters and rules that directly apply to agents, I think these tips apply to any type of submissions.

      I require my clients to edit and spell check their content writing promotional pieces and if they come to me and it is evident that they did not do so I disregard them.

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  2. Jo Elizabeth Pinto says:

    As a proofreader, I can’t agree with this enough!

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    • Patty says:

      I’m amazed at the types of mistakes I see “writers” allowing in not only their work, but their emails and even posts on social media.

      I don’t know how people think others are going to take their work seriously if they’re not willing to take the time to write correctly.

      Now, I know anyone can make a mistake from time to time but it is so obvious that a lot of people just aren’t taking any time to edit their work.

      The other day I received a professional email from someone that I quite literally had to spell-check before I could even begin to know what they were saying.

      It is sad to see so many people doing this.

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