Thursday, February 15, 2007

Why You Need to Read the Submission Guidelines--

and then follow them.

Thinking of sending in a submission by fax, or on a CD that we're never ever going to look at? Thinking that if you get me on the phone and read your book to me ("it'll only take 5 minutes!")or attach your manuscript to a giant sneaker it'll make you stand out from the masses of other submitters? You're right!

People who think they are above the rules (or living on a different planet from them) spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. They are going to be one headache after another, throughout the bookmaking process. Editors don't want to work with them.

Maybe you think you are a rebel, or an artiste, and rules are for the dull and narrow-minded. Be careful what assumptions (and adjectives) you apply to the people you're asking to invest time and effort and tens of thousands of dollars in your work.

Maybe you picture yourself a year from now, basking in a circle of admirers and explaining how you shook up a stodgy industry and propelled yourself to stardom.

Listen, you. You can tell your fans whatever you want, once you have some. Until then, act like a fricking professional.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This post made me begin singing the song from The Music Man, the one that goes, "...we've got trouble trouble trouble. Right here in River City. Trouble. That stands for pool."