You Ask, We Answer: What If My Only Clip Is in Print Format?
Sarah asks: “If I only have one clip — and it’s print — how do I handle this when sending email queries to editors?”
You can scan the article and create a PDF file, ask the editor to send you a PDF if they have one (sometimes they do!), or simply send the text from your original Word file, pasted into the e-mail.
One plus I’ve found in pasting in my original article text is I can say to the editor, “The benefit of this pasted-in clip is that you can see what my writing looks like before I send it to the editor!” (In other words, you’ve alleviated the editor’s fear that your clip is great because an editor made it great though extensive rewriting.) I’ve done this a few times and gotten nice comments from editors who are impressed that my copy is so clean. And because it’s still a published clip (though perhaps not exactly as written), it shows that you know how to work with editors and that you understand the article writing/editing process — unlike if you simply sent the editor an unpublished piece of writing. The best of both worlds!
As for PDF files, keep in mind that editors will often toss e-mails with attachments from people they don’t know, so it’s better to mention at the end of your query that you have a clip available, and then send it only if the editor asks for it. [lf]
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