To the gracious, witty and nitwit-intolerant Miss Snark;
I just received this bit of advice from an officer in my statewide writers' group. Your reaction to it would be appreciated, as I seem to remember some of this contradicts what I've heard from yourself and other professionals.
1. Use Times New Roman font when you print out your manuscript. It is universally accepted in the publishing industry.
well, ok, this won't hurt. The critical piece of info that's missing though is the point size. You send me something in 8 pt (or 24) and it can be TNR and I still will think you're a nitwit.
2. Do not double-side copy a manuscript to save postage costs (unless specifically requested to). It makes it harder to keep the pages in order and may annoy the editor/agent.
True true true.
3. Put a blank page behind a manuscript you are submitting. Otherwise, that last page of text may take a beating.
4. When you submit a manuscript that was requested by an editor/agent after a query or conference appointment, put the words Requested Submission on the outside of the envelope so the submission doesn't end up in the slush pile by mistake.
Can't hurt but I specifically ask for something else cause a lot of people thought they were going to cleverly avoid the slush pile the first time by writing that on the envelope.
5. Better yet, if a full manuscript has been requested by an agent/editor, send it via overnight mail. This conveys your belief that the document is important, separates it from the slush pile, gets it there faster, and is how most publishing houses send manuscripts themselves.
Guffaw. Um..most publishing houses aren't sending Miss Snark manuscripts. She's sending mss to them. And they go...get this...via bicycle. Overnight delivery is insanely expensive for paper. It's stupid for queries. It's stupider for manuscripts. This is not a lucrative profession for most writers. Don't spend your money stupidly on the equivalent of a low cut sequined halter top. Spend it on querying widely and finding an agent who loves your work.
And trust me, we don't need overnight mail to know you think your manuscript is important. I've yet to be queried by ANYONE who thought their work was unimportant.
To save face -- namely, mine -- please omit my name and instead sign me
well, ok, since I like your face and saving it seems like a good idea, but this wasn't even close to a nitwit question.