Help! All My Clips Are In Print Only!

Help! All My Clips Are In Print Only!

I’m a professional writer but haven’t written for a while. My question: most magazines and websites want links to a writer’s past published articles (clips). I don’t know what to do since my important clips are in hard copy only. I doubt they want me to send a bunch of pages with my query, but I have no “links.”

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


When corresponding with writers, most editors only accept electronic communications now. Very few now require writers to submit queries and clips by mail with a self addressed, stamped envelope.

If your clips are all in print, you have two options:

1. Scan them so you’ll have copies on your computer to send to editors on request.

2. Take a photo of each clip with your cell phone or digital camera and keep those on your computer.

You should ask editors for permission to send your clips this way because the files will be large and you don’t want to risk choking an editor’s email account with email attachments that contain several megs.

What you CAN’T do is publish those clip photos or scans on your website without permission from the original publication. That would be copyright infringement.


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2 Responses to "Help! All My Clips Are In Print Only!"

  1. Independent Resources  June 30, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    re: “my important clips are in hard copy only”

    An easy way to get around the valid concern with “choking an editor’s email account with email attachments” is to take the scanned files of earlier published writing work and store them in one of the many free cloud storage systems. Many/most email systems currently offer significant free cloud storage.

    Once stored, all that is needed to send the content to potential publishers/editors is to supply the link to the stored material.

    Some of the free cloud services may have time limits so you may have to occasionally refresh/restore the files but that isn’t really all that difficult.

  2. pamelaallegretto  June 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Good advice!