Do: Read and follow the submission guidelines.
- Don’t send a post/article/story that’s way over the recommended word count and say, “Please feel free to cut.” For The Mitten Blog, the recommended word count is 400-600 words, but we’re flexible if a writer needs more space. If your post is 750 words, no problem. If your post is 2000 words, a discussion is needed.
Trust me, you do not want the editor to cut your words. Cutting writing is not like snipping paper with scissors. It’s a time-consuming, thoughtful process that often involves rewriting along with the cutting. Do the work, and your writing skills will grow.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Some writers asked me for guidance when their word count was very high. I was often able to see areas that were repetitive, but other times the writing was strong and the content engrossing. In those cases, it made sense to publish the extra-long post, but other times we chose to break it up into two parts or even a series of posts, such as our seven-day MFA series. Working together in this way is what makes being an editor fun!