Many of us would love our writings to be featured on major online publications. Getting on big publications can help your message reach a greater audience and your brand recognition grow faster. However, there is always a possibility that your writing for these publications will be rejected, whether you write an academic paper or an article in a thematic magazine.
A writer needs to understand that every work undergoes elaborate scrutiny by the editors. In that moment, all the power is concentrated in their hands and their choice impacts the fate of many writers’ work. There are several criteria editors use to evaluate each article. You may be familiar with the essentials, but to avoid failure it is important to focus more precisely on the factors that cause an article to be rejected.
Here are common problems that lead to rejection along with how you can fix them and improve your chances of scoring a byline on major publications.
What is the main message of your article? You must be clear about your message and the purpose of the message. Your writing must not give the impression that you have doubts in your ideas. If you do not stick to the main message or you suddenly start to support ideas that oppose your previous claims, your article will lose trustworthiness. So provide readers with coherent arguments. Editors always pay attention to how ideas are connected
Your article can provide truly unique ideas, but if the article contains many grammar mistakes, it negatively influences the editor’s overall impression about your work. In fact, a well-written article with little or no grammar errors is more likely to be accepted by publications than one that has exceptional ideas but is laden with grammar mistakes.
Publications usually provide authors with writing rules and requirements that must be followed. The publications also often provide a style guide articles must be written, including formatting does and don`ts. Ignoring these rules will lead to your work being rejected.
These are only three key factors why many articles are rejected. Do you have any more factors you can add to the list? Share them in the comments section below to help other writers get published.
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