Recently in this blog was the competition the author of the gloss. It was received more than 30 works. Some of the texts were published without a single change, while others had them. In this contest, the aim was not to prepare ideal from the point of view of the corrector of texts, but when you send your material to the editor of a major magazine, you need to pay more attention to its design.
Of course, you may ask, why then you need concealer. It is a reasonable question, and your mistakes do have to correct someone. But if you look from the position of editor...
Imagine: two of the author sent him a the same complexity and style texts, with both he would not mind to continue the cooperation, but first the author makes a lot of mistakesthat have to be corrected to the editor (!), and the second sends a crystal-clear texts, which after a few modifications, go to the strip. In the next room there is an order in a single text. Who do you think will get it?
By submitting your material to the editor of a major publication, you must be sure that did everything possible to make your text was perfect in all respects.
A list of the main errors that were made by the participants of the contest "the author of the gloss" (and I admit, many journalists) in the video.[pwal id="10421559" description="to read the full article, press any of these buttons (if needed, refresh the page)"]
Basic errors in writing and designing text
1. Don't call the file with the article "the author of the gloss" or "Competition".
The text file gives the name of this scheme familia_rabochiy_zagolovok.
Not a magazine Editor and not the Text (and especially not the Microsoft Office Word Document), and Zhilyakova_Elena_Myasnikova or Zhilyakova_Kak_pomenyat_raboty.
2. Be sure to sign your text!
Only a few people at the beginning or end of the text specified data. And only one (!) the participant to name added my e-mail. In other texts the author has added itself...
The editor copies the file to the computer, opens it and, of course, does not remember who wrote it. He, sorry, a few rooms in operation and 20-40 authors. I think he will be happy that you gave him extra work?
3. Correct mistakes!
Word gives you a great opportunity to improve your text – do not ignore his requests to put another letter or add an extra comma. This applies to obvious mistakes, which, unfortunately, happens a lot in the texts sent to the editor. Sometimes the Word is wrong, but if you are good at spelling, you immediately identify his weaknesses))
4. DO NOT TYPE THE HEADING AND SUBHEADINGS IN CAPITAL LETTERS!
They have to type. And, believe me, is slightly annoying.
5. Do the generally accepted standard design file
Font Times New Roman or Arial.
Font size – 12 points.
The writing is direct.
Don't make all the text in italics!
No need to stretch the field and reduce the line spacing!
Forget the desire for embellishment! A little "red" to make it clearer, the text sent to the editor of the city newspaper with a circulation of 8 thousand copies in a month, will delight coder. In serious publications, it is inappropriate.
6. Forget the letter E
In most fonts that use in the layout, there is no such symbol, as E. Instead, there is a box, decal or some other sort of image. The designer or just before the editor has to manually correct the "squares". And this, as we remember the extra work.
E can be placed only in proper names.
7. Use synonyms!
Instead of the name you can tell the girl model, she is. And even if you can't find a synonym, often helps the removal of the word. Just threw it out and all.
8. Foreign names are written without quotation marks.
And maintain uniformity in the writing. The magazine/company/store has only one name. If you use text BMW, then let BMW and not BMW.
9. Punctuation: much? – it happens!
If you are not sure whether to put a dash and how many commas you need (a Word treacherously silent), put a comma where the pause.
Dot put in place a long pause, or when the author wants the reader to think. But with this sign it is easy to overdo it. Dot nedostavat better than to move.
10. Don't waste time on the selection of illustrations.
Illustration not to pull back from the text document. And even more so, it would be impossible to use in the layout.
By the way, pleased that all submitted work was meticulously inscribed in the number of marked characters. It's nice.
And be sure to be careful as to the volume of texts that you send in edition. If you were asked to write 10 thousand characters with spaces, don't need "happy" editor's top twenty. He will have a hard time to cut! Thousand characters will be sufficient to be able to meet their need to throw out of the text.
Good luck texts that will capture the editor not only sense, but literacy!