Q&A: How do I email clips to editors?

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Question: How do you email clips to editors? I don’t have a scanner, but I still have my writings in Microsoft Word. Is it okay to send them just as Word attachments? And should I open them up first and type at the top, when and where they were published?

I guess I’m just wondering how they would know these were actual articles that were published if I don’t send them actual copies of them. Is it better to just make copies and snail mail everything? Maggie

Answer: Hi Maggie. In general, the reason an editor wants to see clips is just to be reassured you can write well.

That said, it’s usually okay to send clips as attachments. The potential problem is the editor’s email program may not allow attachments. I usually ask if attachments are they way they want the clips. Adding a line to each clip stating when and where it was published is a good idea.

Another approach is to create a list of credits that shows off what you’ve done. Something like the one I have at www.annewayman.com/resume will work. Sometimes I break out part of that list to send with queries.

Of course, some my credits link to the work in question and the website also has samples. It may be time for you to seriously consider having your own website.

Take a look at You’re a Writer – You Need a Website! It may inspire you.

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, Freelance Writer

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