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.
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Here you will find all the links I could find to print and online magazines that have previously published my work.
Sadly, a few magazines that published my work in the early 2010’s have been discontinued but you can find all of my poems from my earlier writing days in my free poetry collection, Lupercalia.
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
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!