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Mild discomfort

February 12, 2010

I am suffering from two forms currently; one the result of what is likely a low-grade infection, and which I’m treating with antibiotics, the other more psychic in nature.

So as those of you who send your scribblings off to people who may or may not publish them know, editors are picky.  They’re picky about spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation–and that’s just for cover letters.

With electronic submissions becoming the norm, they’re also picky, and rightfully so, about the format of said submissions.  Some want .doc files, some .rtf, and others want no attachments at all: just text plopped into an email.

I just sent one of those to a publication whose website was less than clear on the topic.  Thus the discomfort.  They asked for the inline format for one particular type of submission, but on all others they remained silent–so I surmised they would probably be okay with that format for mine, although it was not of that particular type.

But then I started thinking–they also mentioned “standard manuscript formats” and if there’s one thing that never survives inline emails, it’s format.  So I added to the email how I was unsure of their preference, and how I was willing to send them an attachment of one sort or another if that’s what they needed.

Of course, after I sent it, I thought about how it looked kind of cheesy to say something like that.  Sigh.  This business brings out the second-guessers in all of us.

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