You have finally completed writing that article. You’re proud of the hard work and long hours you’ve put into it. You send it off for acceptance and anxiously await to see your name published with the words you’ve written. What you get instead is a rejection notice with some seemingly cruel words about the inconsistent flow and layout of your material. You’re sad, angry, frustrated. “Who cares!” you scream. “I’ve worked so hard and the material is fantastic!”
It may very well be, but if it isn’t formatted according the source with which you are trying to publish through, it isn’t going to make a lick of difference.
Formatting your written material not only makes the material look better, but it becomes more readable. If there is no structure, readers can become frustrated by the inconsistent nature of information. A story loses its character.
Submitting formatted material also demonstrates that you can follow instructions. Every publisher wants to know that you have done your homework before submitting material.
Every field of writing has standards, and there are many. The format’s I specialize in are:
- AP (Associated Press)
- APA (American Psychological Association)
- CMS (Chicago Manual of Style)
- MLA (Modern Language Association)
Proper formatting doesn’t have to be time-consuming, but it is necessary.