November 21, 2016
How to submit the best work possible
To give your story the best shot, self-edit before submitting it to a publisher

While we do have diligent editors who work hard to polish your articles, it is important for our writers to submit their best work possible. Here are a few tips that could help you self-edit your stories:

  1. Step away from your work: When you finally type the last words of your article, take a step back and return to your article in a day or two. When it’s time for you to edit your work, you can return to it with fresh eyes.
  2. Print out a hardcopy of your article: It’s much easier to edit your work and spot your mistakes on paper than it is on your computer. Grab a red pen and cross things out, circle words and make notes in the margins. When you’re done, make the changes to your article on your computer.
  3. Look for grammatical and punctuation mistakes: This might sound obvious, but you’d be shocked to find how many mistakes you miss. Is your story riddled with too many commas? Are you getting their, there, and they’re confused? Take a good look at your article and fix any grammatical or punctuation mistakes you find.
  4. Don’t over-edit: Nothing is perfect, so don’t expect your article to be! While it is important to make your work the best it can be, don’t go overboard. Do the best you can — if you do miss any mistakes, our editors will catch them.

Kelsey Down

Kelsey Down is a member of the Deseret Connect team, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and editing. She loves to read and write about current social issues. Follow her on Twitter @kladown23.