Congratulations! You submitted an article to a children’s magazine and it was accepted for publication. As you write your next article for the same publication, consider this piece of advice: Be professional when you submit again.
For example, one of my science articles was published in an outstanding children’s publication. Thinking I could write another piece for the magazine, I simply queried the editor very informally. Think: a one line snappy email pitch. She immediately wrote back to me and berated me for not following the guidelines (which stated to send a professional query with clips). I thought since she had published one of my pieces that I didn’t need to be so formal. Wrong. So wrong.
Editors have preferences when it comes to submitting. Some want a professional query each time you write to them that includes specific details like a bio or clips, while other editors will consider a more casual letter.
Every time you query, formal or not, always include the basics: the title, the word count, the age group, the submission date, and a brief synopsis of the article. Always read the guidelines. They may have changed since your last article was published. And just because you’ve published before with a publication doesn’t give you a green light to submit informally. Some editors just won't stand for it, as I found out. In the end the editor refused to consider my work again. This is a harsh example, and I’m willing to bet a rare case. But use this example as food for thought. Unless you know it’s okay to write a casual letter, play it safe: stick to writing a professional query.