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Mike Nagoda
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 06:15 pm:   

Hi all I have finally completed a dark, contemporrary religious fantasy short sotry about a demon hunter character of mine. I have formatted it properly in courier, two spaces after every period at the end of sentence, italics underlined etc. My question is since I have never submitted to FSF before, should i attach a cover letter? if so, what should this cover letter generally say/look like since I have never been published before?

Here's hoping you'll answer a newbie's questions

-Mike
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Don Mead
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 07:40 pm:   

Here are the writer's guidelines for F&SF.
http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm

Personally, I enclose a two-sentence cover letter: "Please find XXXXXX enclosed for your review. I have also enclosed an SASE for your convenience."

Sometimes I'll add "I hope it meets with your editorial needs." if I want to get fancy-shmancy.

Oh, and I find that a lot of editors don't like the double-space after any punctuation.
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Mike Nagoda
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007 - 08:03 pm:   

Ive seen posts on the board that suggest otherwise. Would Mr. Van Gelder or JJA like to comment on what they perfer (double space or no double space)?
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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 05:43 am:   

I suppose I prefer seeing two spaces after a period -- but the preference is so slight that it's pretty safe to say that if I'm noticing how many spaces there are after the periods in a submission, then the story isn't holding my attention.

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