3. Don’t fail to notify us when your story has been picked up elsewhere.
Every publication has different rules about multiple submissions—but when we find out a story we really liked, talked about with our colleagues and maybe even got through a submissions committee is no longer available, it’s like the writer dangled a chocolate scone in front of us, and then clubbed us in the face with it when we tried to take a bite. It’s a nice professional courtesy to let us know up front if the story is a multiple submission and to then notify us if it gets contracted elsewhere. (Then, rather than wasting our time, we can convince ourselves there was something wrong with it, and our competitors who beat us to the punch are suckers and we’re the best and we win—but maybe you’d be perfect for that other article we had in mind. …)