Q is for Quality Submissions

When submitting to an editor of a magazine or a book publisher, it is important to produce quality submissions to avoid an immediate rejection. When sending your manuscript, after ensuring it is ready, be sure to prepare a cover letter – even if you are submitting through electronic communication. The cover letter maintains a professional quality to your submission. Be sure it includes the title, what it’s about, and how it fits in with the publication.

When writing the manuscript, keep the publishing company’s guidelines in mind. What is the suggested age level? Word count?Topic or theme? No matter how well written the manuscript is, it will be rejected if it doesn’t meet the guidelines.

Before submitting your work, it should have gone through several rounds in a critique group. This helps catch spelling, grammar and syntax errors. If an editor has to correct too much,he or she will pass on the manuscript.

Keeping all these tips in mind will help you produce a quality manuscript – one that is hopefully on its way to publication.

Jen’s Writing Tips #1 Is the Manuscript Ready?


You finished that wonderful manuscript, the story you’ve been working relentlessly on for months. Before wrapping it up with a cover letter and submission package, be sure it’s really ready to be submitted to editors. Is it free from spelling and grammar errors? Is the format correct? Does it follow the Writer Guidelines? Is the piece age-appropriate for your audience?

As editor of My Light Magazine, I’ve come across promising manuscripts, yet had to reject them based on the above criteria. Don’t let all that hard work go to waste. Be sure it’s ready to meet an editor and an editor’s expectations.

Happy Writing!

My Light Magazine Has a New Team Member

Media Contact: Jennifer Gladen

Editor, MY LIGHT MAGAZINE

Email: editor@mylightmagazine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pennsylvania (January 2, 2009)– My Light Magazine, a Catholic centered online magazine for children, announces a new member of the My Light Team. The Magazine named contributor and illustrator Carol Brooke as the Illustrator Coordinator. She will assist in matching up authors and illustrators for manuscripts published in My Light.

She is currently an author and illustrator for children. In addition, she works as a counselor and holds a Masters of Science in Counseling degree. She has extended experience in working with children, including running her own classroom as a teacher.

Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Gladen is thrilled to welcome Carol Brooke to the My Light Team. “Her enthusiasm for the magazine will be a great asset in continuing the mission of My Light.”

Mrs. Brooke is just as excited to join My Light Magazine. “I am happy that the magazine is growing and I’m so excited to be a part of it!”

My Light Magazine looks forward to working with Carol Brooke. She can be reached via her email at CarolBrooke@mylightmagazine.com .

As always, we welcome new illustrators. For Guidelines, visit http://mylightmagazine.com or www.mylightmagazine.stblogs.com

Media Contact:

Jennifer Gladen: editor@mylightmagazine.com

Jaclyn Morales: JaclynMorales@mylightmagazine.com

Carol Brooke: Carolbrooke@mylightmagazine.com

Website: http://mylightmagazine.com

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My Light Names Assistant Editor

Below I posted a new Media Release about My Light Magazine. We’re thrilled to announce a new addition to the My Light team. Take a look and meet My Light’s new assistant editor.

MEDIA RELEASE

Media Contact: Jennifer Gladen
Editor, MY LIGHT MAGAZINE
Email: editor@mylightmagazine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pennsylvania (September 29, 2008) –My Light Magazine announces a new member of the My Light Team. Jaclyn Morales has been named assistant editor and will assist with submissions and planning of the magazine. She is a current student at the Institute of Children’s Literature and holds a BS in Journalism from St. John’s University. “When I was a kid I used to make imaginary newspapers,” Ms. Morales states. “I used to hand write, draw, and circulate it around my house. So it wasn’t a shock that I went for a BS in Journalism.”
Ms. Morales is excited to join us here at My Light Magazine. “The thing I love the best is that I get to merge many passions into My Light – my faith (I have attended catholic school from grade school through college) and writing for children. I get to teach children to love to read and love God as well.”
My Light Magazine looks forward to working with Jaclyn Morales. Author submissions should be sent to her at JaclynMorales@mylightmagazine.com . For content suggestions, please visit http://mylightmagazine.com .

Media Contact:
Jennifer Gladen: editor@mylightmagazine.com
Jaclyn Morales: JaclynMorales@mylightmagazine.com
Website: http://mylightmagazine.com
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Welcome My Light Magazine

My Light magazine is here! With all the hard work from our authors and illustrators, our debut issue was a success. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

This month we’ve highlighted stories and crafts involving the Rosary, school spirit,and understanding God’s ways. If you haven’t checked it out yet, go on and stop on by.

Thanks again to all our contributors and supporters! God Bless you!