Dear Miss Snark (alternately read: Oh, Wise One):(Miss Snark, the potato chip?)
I just finished reading Some Writers Deserve to Starve by Elaura Niles.
Niles says, "Most publishers will not consider a manuscript twice." She says the big houses keep a database of everything submitted to any of their imprints, and that if you try to submit to another imprint in the same house, the new editor will check the database and reject your manuscript without even looking at it.
Is this true? I certainly understand not subbing all the editors in an imprint, but can we really only sub one editor in one imprint of a major house?
As always, thanks so much for providing wisdom and insight to all of us newbies,
Well, what may apply to unagented writers in the slush pile certainly doesn't apply to me.
Of course, I don't exactly try to put one over on an editor either.
And "house" is a hard thing to define given that there are groups of imprints all at one address, but they not only don't all talk to each other, they sometimes compete with each other.
Remember too, I've never been an editor so I have no idea what the data base at Dutton looks like.
You might ask Miss Genoese, given she works at a big house for one of the imprints.