Wonders a Snarkling:
(Comments about Miss Snark's early am snarkieness deleted)
Rumor has it that some scammers and/or well intentioned agents are redflagged at most publishing houses. As soon as the package arrives with certain return addresses, it is immediately shuffled over to the slush pile. I can understand the concept because I had an agent offer to represent me but I had to pay the $9 for every copy he sent out to NYC. (little research revealed the above information)Of course, we know Miss Snark has repeatedly said she calls the editor first and her mss. are always expected and welcomed.Just curious as to how prevelent is the concept of editor rolling eyes towards the gin bottle when packages arrive with certain zip codes on them?
That's a good question for Agent 007. I do know early in my career, despite only sending manuscripts that were requested, and having personal conversations ahead of time, the response time was...shall we say...numbered in weeks rather than days.
That ended pretty abruptly when I started calling editors to tell them they could discard the ms because I'd sold it elsewhere. They got used to knowing that my stuff would, and did sell.
But, I don't know if there's a list of "bad addresses". I've certainly never heard an editor say that..but I"ve never asked.
In the olden days, I know talk radio producers had lists over the phone of people who couldn't get on the call in line for love or money.
And did that agent charge you less if s/he sent the manuscript someplace other than NYC? Sheesh.