A Snarkling who might want to open her umbrella to avoid the shitstorm about to fall on her head innocently inquires:
An editing client and I are both wondering whether it's necessary anymore to send a novel synopsis at any point in the query process - for example, if the agent or editor requests only a partial ms?
Did s/he ask for it?
I've said it before, now I'll jump up and down and say it: send what they ask for.
Normally I'd not be jumping up and down but people send me the weirdest, stupidest, most god awful stuff. I swear they not only have no clue about how small our offices are, they don't have clue about presentation skills.
No videos. I don't have a television or a vcr in my office. Silly me, I know.
Nothing with glitter! I can't tell you how humiliating it is to show up at a business lunch and discover you have glitter on your blouse.
Nothing with food. I swear to god, we had the exterminator in twice before we figured out some moronic nitwit asswipe had sent COOKIES in a package. Roaches in NYC are a fact of life. They are not welcome tenants here in the office. Anyone who causes them to think they are welcome is automatically excluded from representation even if he has a first hand account of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount.
By it's very nature a list of what not to send will give some moronic nitwit asswipe the idea it's ok to send something since it wasn't on the DO NOT SEND list.
Thus the rule is: SEND ONLY WHAT THEY ASK FOR.
You can lower your umbrella now, the storm has abated.