Rejections are not easy to take as a writer. They are sometimes, as equally not easy for an editor or agent to write. As always, I want to take a quick moment and give you a quick suggestions to not get rejected. Or, if you want to get rejected, let me give you the easiest way to get that nasty-gram in your mail.
DON'T FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!
That's right! If you don't follow the directions, whether it is submitting in a way not asked for, or submitting something we don't accept, you'll get that rejection letter! What's more, you will likely get that form letter that all of you complain about getting!
I spent this weekend answering submissions and I was amazed at the number of authors who clearly love rejection letters. Consider the following examples (beyond submitting something I do not acquire...I'll get to that in a moment:
- My submission form calls for a 250 word blurb about the novel and yet authors submit not just the full synopsis but several chapters.
- My submission guidelines say to only include a query letter and yet, author submit embedded in the email the entire novel
- My requested material states to submit a manuscript and synopsis as an attachment (with some additional items that I will not mention here) and people just embed all of the documents in one message.
- I clearly state what I represent and people email saying that they know this is not what I want but I should take on their project anyway.