Sunday, July 10, 2011
Miss Sommer's Etiquette For New Writers
I don’t consider myself an expert. I don’t consider myself an anything at all if you must know beyond a busy working writer. But I do consider myself to have manners. And manners are manners are manners, my friend, regardless of venue. So imagine my dismay at finding that about 50% of the submissions that are coming in for my newbie writer call are coming in sans an introductory note.
No note. No nothing. Just info and a document attached.
I might take this chance to point out that one of the first ones to arrive with a note was from a writer I had already established a rapport with, so that person would have been forgiven more than others. And yet, there it was—a nice note.
So newbies, let me take this chance to say, if you are going to submit anything…anywhere…at ANY time, have some manners. Show good breeding and at the very least have something like this:
Dear Editor (use the name if possible!),
Attached is my story titled “STORYNAME”. It’s approximately 1,000,000 words in length.
HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN ADD SOME CREDITS IF YOU HAVE THEM. IF NOT, DO NOT WORRY. SKIP THIS PART.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
YOUR NAME HERE
That is a bare bones note. And you should always add it. Otherwise you are doing the written equivalent of going on a job interview, walking past your interviewer, not shaking his or her hand and sitting down in his or her guest chair and slapping your resume on his or her desk without ever having the courtesy of saying hi. Would you hire you if you did that?
The goal of this antho was to help new authors get a leg up. That also includes pointers and tips on getting published often. Tip #1…use your manners.
If you passed along my call, I’d kindly ask you to pass along a link to this blog also. :)