Writer’s Guidelines: gotta follow them 100 percent. Every detail must be covered. This is how the work gets done. I ask myself why? Isn’t the piece itself good enough? The body of the work may be good, but then an editor tells you to follow the guidelines closely. What could be the consequences of not doing that? Might not give you another assignment. Bad impression. Careless. Disrespect. The list of negatives is endless. Doing it right, means the work can get published most times. Better to be safe than sorry.