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(Writing) submitting work to an editor
I know I've been down this route before but it was 'here we go again' this morning when I got into the office mailbox. There is a guy saying he wants to write regularly for my company, has given me a pen name (which I don 't like but still ...) a synopsis and the first three chapters, told me there are a lot more books to come, too.
OK, so there were typoes in the email for a start. Make allowances ... download synopsis and chapters -
- and I cannot open them. He has not thought about sending them in a universal format I can read. TEXT would have done for starters. But then, he didn't ask for the guidelines, either. I've sent them and asked for everything to come in a format I can open and read. If he had done that right off, my answer yes or no would have been with him this morning. Now it will be a 24 wait, IF he sends them in a way I can open.
Last week I had a very long email from someone outlining the three books he has written, they are a trilogy and he wants to place them. Can he start by sending me book 3. Sometimes I do have to wonder ...
Someone else wrote to tell me he has a blood and guts book of 90,000 words which he will be pleased to split into 3 if we want it ... which ignores the fact we want 40,000 words.
A package turned up, registered, all sorts, containing a manuscript carefully printed out in double spacing, the whole bit. I don't want paper submissions. I can't deal with paper submissions. How do I get it into the computer to turn it into a book if it is on paper? What was even more annoying was finding out the author is on line, he could have asked for the guidelines, saved all that paper and postage and simply emailed it to me as an attachment!!
All of this is as a result of writers not doing that simple thing, asking for guidelines. These were specific queries too, I am discounting the mass mailings which offer me Pulitzer prize winning short stories and the like ...