I am bringing this up again because of an increased number of authors who seem to be missing the point with something that is pretty basic.
When editors and agents have submission guidelines, they are doing this for a reason. Everyone has a different set of guidelines and it is up to the author to read those guidelines carefully. We have these set up in this way because this is how we can better get to your work and respond to your writing fairly and objectively. We also do this differently because we are all operating with different computer platforms and email systems. In some cases, we do this a particular way because we might have been "burnt in the past" (for example computer viruses in attachments).
At Greyhaus, my email submission guidelines are pretty basic.
1) If you send a snail mail submission, you are to send only the following:
- A 3-5 page synopsis
- The first 3 pages
- A SASE
- No attachments
- Not cutting and pasting a synopsis and a manuscript in the body of the email
- Send only a query letter
- Send it only to submissions_at_greyhausagency.com (I wrote it this way to prevent SPAMMERS)
- You will get a rejection because clearly, if you cannot follow these directions, how will you respond when we send revisions...or
- You will get a rejection because clearly the author is lacking some basic levels of literacy skills...or
- You will get a rejection because you are lacking the research skills necessary to be a strong competitive writer...or
- We will skip sending you a response because, hey, what's the point? You didn't read our guidelines so why would you read this response.
- Editors and agents do not respond to queries.
- Editors and agents don't want to see creativity
- Editors and agents are not open to new ideas