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FREE – An editor’s guide to submitting, for authors


I just realised that, due to work pressure, editing, writing, teaching martial arts, being a good husband and father and other things, that I haven’t blogged for over a month. This is shocking, and for that I apologise from the bottom of my heart.

So, I thought that with this blog I would give authors an incite on how to submit, and how to give themselves a good chance of being successful.

1) Read the submission guidelines.
2) Ensure that you understand the guidelines.
3) Read the guidelines again.
4) Write a story that adheres to the guidelines.
5) Read the submission guidelines.
6) Format according to the submission guidelines.
7) Run a full spell check. Then look for spellings that are correct, but which are the WRONG words. Spotted my mistake above?
8) Ensure that you have followed the guidelines.
9) Have someone you trust and who is honest to read through the story and give you feedback.
10) Run all the checks again.
11) Submit

As editor for the Raus! Untoten! anthology, I have found myself getting incredibly frustrated with people’s inability to follow the guidelines, despite me putting them up clearly on the event, posting lists of undead from different cultures and answering all the questions I possibly could.

To expect me to format the document for you is disrespectful. Have have me read through nearly 5000 words whilst I wait to see how your story is going to build into something that follows the guidelines is disrespectful. To not even bother to do a full spell check and grammar check is disrespectful.

So, if you want to completely fail, never get published and waste everyone’s time. Don’t follow the guidelines above.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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