This one is going to be short and sweet.
When you submit your work to a magazine and they ask you to write a cover letter…
ADDRESS IT TO SOMEONE!
Don’t say “Dear editor”
or “To whom it may concern”
Go to the magazine’s website, find their masthead and PICK OUT A NAME.
And for the love of god don’t start your cover letter with “Dear, ____________”
and then forget to fill in the blank.
It makes you look like a fucking moron.
Note: I just did that. I wrote “dear” and forgot to plug in someone’s actual name before I hit the submit button. Don’t be like me.