I was reading your blog about the woman who sent in an 800,000 word manuscript with no SASE and I was wondering, does the MS have to be THAT long for you to consider it? That's a hell of a lot of padding, and my book is padded enough as it is. If I add another 100,000 words, somebody is likely to get wise. Would 700,000 words do? I am glad I don't have to send an SASE. My book is so big it would take a trunk like the one they used to use on the old Stanley Steamers.
Also, I appreciated the notes about the gift package. I wondered what it takes to get an editor's attention. I usually send out a tube of toothpaste, a bar of soap ripped off from the Ramada Inn Express the last time I was there (only used once), and a couple of cigars. Having worked in the business world I learned a long time ago that performance doesn't get you anything but fired, and you know what I mean, Miss Snark, or you would not be self-employed. What people are looking for is bull-uh-something. Nobody cares whether you can write or not (and they sure as hell don't care if I can. They publish my stuff anyway.) I will try your suggestions when I query you.
Many thanks for considering my query.
Yes, I know the perfect place for this one.