Always Double Check Yourself

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…

DON’T

FORGET

TO

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.

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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.

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Publication Archive

Here you will find all the links I could find to print and online magazines that have previously published my work.

Depending on the publication date, my name is listed as either Jessica Otto or Jessica Forest, names from my previous lives.

Book Cave Author Blog: Being a Writer With a Day Job

Bread & Beauty Literary Magazine: Eating Perfection: On Writing

Poem of a Poet I Admire: Requiem Magazine

Boulevard: Requiem Magazine

Portrait: The Idle Class

River Girl: Pink Litter

Not an Epistle: Pink Litter

Oracle: qarrtsiluni

Anatomy Lesson: The Idle Class

View from Sunset Motel: Black Heart Magazine

*Note: if any of these links don’t work, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!