Posted by: nancyisanders | September 30, 2013

Highlights: Check-off List Part 4

The final item on my check-off list for the Contributors Guidelines for submitting nonfiction to Highlights magazine is here:

• We encourage authors to have their articles reviewed by an expert before submission. Please include the expert’s response.
o I have 3 main places I will contact for this:
o Two museums on my subject.
o One author who is an expert on my subject. (I will contact the author’s publisher to see how to contact him.)

Once again, this scares most writers. But hey…this is also a necessary skill we must acquire as writers of nonfiction.

So go ahead and gear up for this final step after your manuscript has been written and polished. You might actually discover how fun it is to connect with people who are experts on the topic you’re writing about!

Think of potential people now, at this stage of the journey, that you can contact when you reach that final stage.

Museums, historic sites, historic libraries, university libraries, authors of books…all these places and people are great contacts for getting an expert’s response to your article.

And hey…if you REALLY want to be efficient and speed up the process when you get there, you can even contact these people now! Just call them or e-mail them and tell them you’re writing a nonfiction article and will need an expert’s opinion on it after it’s done. Ask if they might be interested in helping you.

But don’t feel like you have to do this now. There will be plenty of time to do this in the days up ahead. Especially if you’re working on this project for the goal of Personal Fulfillment, like I am.


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