Saturday, June 23, 2007

Previewing Articles

Tip for Fitness Writers and Publicity Seekers

Whether you write magazine and newspaper articles or get quoted as an expert source in them (or aspire to do either one, or both), the info below will save you from making a common mistake that could sour your relationship with some writers or editors.

The must-know info: It is NOT common practice for sources (people who are quoted in articles) to preview the piece before it goes to print. In fact, it's highly discouraged. This is because sources and PR people should not be able to control editorial content.

What does this mean for you?

If you write a magazine or newspaper article:

Remember that showing the pre-published article to sources could annoy your editor. Find out the magazine's policy before doing this to stay on good terms with editors.

If you are quoted in an article:

Don't tell a writer or editor that you want to preview the article before you see it in print. Keep in mind that a fact-checker from the publication may contact you to review your quotes or other information before the article is published. This is your chance to ensure accuracy.

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