Dear Esteemed Miss Snark,
I was horrified recently when an editor informed me that the short story I had attached (as per the guidelines that I read in their entirety) came through as gibberish at the foot of the email. The lovely (truly lovely, possible the best eventual reject I've gotten in a while) editor asked me to resend with the story pasted in the body of the email. I tried changing every setting I could find and sent emails to a yahoo account I keep for signing up for things (you know, in case it's likely the address will get sold and spammed). I discovered without a doubt it was my email program and not my ISP. I have fixed said program (again, tested and confirmed) by installing a newer version. But looking back, I have no clue how long this problem was a problem. I have over thirty submissions this year, and many of them have not yet been responded to.
Do I send apologies out? Or do I just pretend it didn't happen unless the editor mentions it? And, I know I deserve a quit obsessing, but is this an annoying enough offense to get automatically rejected?
This is not a quit obsessing. Sorry.
You've got a sweet little problem here, and one that I haven't seen before.
I think you've got to assume your submissions didn't get through in good order. You don't need to apologize --technology happens.
You do need to resend those you can with a SHORT note of explanation at the bottom of the email along the lines of "I've discovered my email program was toasting my attachments so I'm resending in case it was not received properly".
Particularly since you received no replies to your work you should resend. If I get gibberish I assume spam, not email glitch and I just toss it in the trash and set it on fire.
There's a lot to be said for gmail, one of which is I don't think it fucks up like this.