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I'd like feedback on my article: How To Get Your Unsolicited Manuscript...

  1. Lauren Bridges profile image45
    Lauren Bridgesposted 5 months ago

    Hi Hubbers,

    I'd like some help with passing the Quality Assessment Process. Will you please give feedback on my article How To Get Your Unsolicited Manuscript Published (must be signed in to view). What can I do to improve? Thanks!

  2. Rupert Taylor profile image100
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 months ago

    Hi Lauren

    There are a few issues with this.

    You advise readers to check a publisher's FAQs, but you haven't done this with HubPages. Otherwise you would know the website is looking for articles of more than 1,00 words; yours is less than half that.

    This piece of advice is not useful' "If you don’t hear back within a certain time frame chances are they decided to pass, but don’t let this discourage you." What is a "certain time"?

    Is your image legal to use? There's no link to the source.

    But, the killer is the link to Wolfpack Publishing, a company that you have a relationship to. That's a no-no at HubPages.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image98
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 months ago

    Lauren, what you've done is write a promotional article for your employer - and self-promotion is prohibited on HubPages. 

    The sad thing is that you could have published this Hub successfully if you hadn't disclosed, in your bio, that you work for the company!   

    If you had joined HubPages to make money, then I'd be explaining that longer Hubs (1,000 to 2,500 words) do better - but there is no minimum word count, in fact.   That reference and link to the publisher is the only reason this Hub wasn't published.

  4. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 5 months ago

    Sorry but your article contains nothing of noticeable value.  Quite a few words to say "you submit manuscripts to publishers by submitting manuscripts to publishers".  I assume this is because you want the backlink and don't really want to write an educational article?

  5. theraggededge profile image99
    theraggededgeposted 5 months ago

    There's nothing in it about presentation, formatting a manuscript, a cover or query letter, or anything practical.

    In the first paragraph you tell us getting published is easier than we think, then in the second, you say, "no one said this would be easy". Except you just did big_smile

    And, a manuscript doesn't have to be finished to query a publisher, by the way. Neither is it necessary to only submit to one publisher at a time - things have moved on since those days.

    The most glaring omission, of course, is that you don't mention self-publishing.

    I'm not impressed, especially if you are, as you say, a qualified journalist. Someone with your skills, might have take the time to A. research the subject matter and B. research the Terms of Service of this site, in particular the sections about self-promotion.