Some perspective on the REASON you send me something

Hello, oh most Snarkly one.

What do you think of the idea of sending a perfect-bound, perfectly legible copy of a manuscript to an agent who requests a full? I've recently had some experience with Lulu.com, and I have to say I'm impressed with the product. I've never been able to imagine that carting around that big ole' 8.5x11x4 (or 5 or 6) manuscript could be easy for agents and editor, nor that any would actually enjoy it; I figured that it was just the best means to an end when a better option is unvailable.

So my question, basically, is, if you requested a full, what would your reaction be if you received a 6x9 perfect-bound copy in otherwise-traditional manuscript format (i.e., Courier, 12 pt, double-spaced?). Or even perfect-bound 8.5x11, if the size actually matters (although we all actually know it doesn't; it's how you use your words).

I'd know you are a nitwit.

Here are the first three things that happen when I read a full:

1. cut and paste text that needs fixing and send to you;
2. run through xerox machine/or
3. send electronically for people for opinions, second reads etc.

None of that can be done with a ms in "book" form.

There's a reason agents and editors don't want staples, paper clips or binder clips let alone bound versions of mss, and it's not cause we're short sighted technophobes.


Anonymous said...

Second reads!! What the hell; nobody ever told us about that one!!

Dave Kuzminski said...

I figure it's only a matter of time before writers start submitting their manuscripts on flash drives so they can send a multitude of formats in order to be certain that one is acceptable.

Of course, some will then expect the flash drives to be returned. ;)

Kit Whitfield said...

Getting it printed is a waste of money; the standard pile o' pages is much more convenient for agents. It's seldom a good idea to try and redesign something for the convenience of a stranger when you've no experience of how they do their job; there will be things you can't anticipate.

Worse, it'll look as if you've tried self-publishing the book first, which has a bad reputation among professional publishers, because so many self-published authors write bad books and self-publish them when they fail to sell. It implies a long list of rejections, even if that isn't the case. Just go with the standard form. It works.

Steve said...

Follow the damn directions!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for replying like this, Miss Snark! I work for an academic publishing house (a lowly editorial assistant) and I can't tell you the number of times I've spent hours ripping staples or yanking bindings out of manuscripts.