When you write for publication, be it feature articles or news, always ensure that you’ll be called upon by editors to submit more assignments.
To achieve this goal, follow these tips:
1) Keep a portfolio of published work to show or send to editors.
2) Dress nicely when you meet editors or interviewees for your articles.
3) Try to do interviews in person, rather than by phone, unless distance prohibits.
4) Strive to write about topics that interest you.
5) Do online research of unfamiliar fields you’re asked to cover.
6) When writing, simplify explanations to the level of the publication’s readership.
7) Check your facts.
8) Quote your sources correctly.
9) Do a spell-check, especially of proper names of interviewees.
10) Always meet deadlines.
11) Always let editors know you are available on a moment’s notice to interview someone, and that you gladly seek more assignments.
12) Show appreciation to editors for the opportunity to serve them.
13) Keep a log of articles and contacts you’ve interviewed for easy reference.
14) Keep a file of articles you’ve read in publications that interest you, as you may want to write about these topics.
15) Query editors you know for the go-ahead on a topic you want to write about, before you begin working on it.
Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.