Comes a dear Snarkling wondering about how to send all those pages Miss Snark keeps insisting on.
And the answer is: neatness counts.
Miss Snark likes things that can be arranged tidily.
She does not like bundles of envelopes so fat with pages that she could use it to play stickball with the lads on Second Ave.
Herewith the recipe for presentation:
First, a 10 x 13 catalog envelope.
This is the envelope you mail everything in.
Inside it goes, in this order:
five pages of writing sample
#10 Stamped self addressed envelope with ONE first class stamp.
These items are paper clipped together if attached at all.
NO staples, tape, brackets, chewing gum or magic spells.
You put all this in FLAT.
This way, it comes to Miss Snark's tidy desk and she can open it without cutting the paper in half (it's happened), without trying to stuff a polite letter into an envelope that was folded over so many times it has more wrinkles than a soap opera plot line, and most important, it can behave itself in the stack of incoming mail.
Is this going to get you a better, closer read?
Is this going to keep Miss Snark from saying no if it sux?
Is Miss Snark going to measure your envelope and discard those that don't meet her specificiations?
Cause you're a professional.
And you take pride in your work.
And you like things to look like you care.
The diligence you bring to your everyday tasks (not that communicating with Miss Snark should ever be considered mundane) carries over to your writing.
Do it well.
It's good Snarkarma.