Pet Peeve: Downloadable Guidelines

I keep track of guidelines for various publications that accept freelance submissions. That RSS feed in the side bar of new markets is basically the list I keep in order to make searching for new markets simple.

But I have a pet peeve when it comes to guidelines: I really dislike websites that use .doc or .pdfs for their guidelines. I dislike having to download anything from sites I don’t know really well. If it was hard to post text to the web, I’d be a little more understanding, but the fact is that I just don’t like it.

I’ll download submission guidelines only if I know that I have something that’s certain to fit in a given market. If it’s a market that I rarely, if ever, have a story that might match, I’ll ignore the guidelines entirely and move on. Sure, with a little thought, I could probably come up with something to fit most markets, but I concentrate on writing for markets that make it easy to do so.

Do you have any pet peeves about working with freelance markets? I’m in the mood for a little griping today, before I get back down to business.

2 Comments

  1. Steve Davis   •  

    I hate sites that don’t allow similtaneous submissions. They expect the writer to submit to them and wait 6 months before querying or submitting the article to someone else. Give me a break. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with the practice providing you tell them and that if you sell the article somewhere else you let them know right away.

    Steve

  2. Oktober Five   •  

    I’m no freelancer, but any site that makes you download a doc or pdf in order to get the info you’re looking for is annoying.

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