Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Monday Spotlight: Cover Letters and SASEs

by Rob - September 17th, 2006.
Filed under: Uncategorized.

Well, the SF-publishing-related portion of the blogosphere is abuzz with the sad story of an author who decided to try a grass-roots campaign to get readers to email the Tor editor to which she’d made her novel submission, encouraging that editor (a very nice person) to buy her book. This, of course, was a very, very, very bad idea.

There’s only one correct way to make a submission. My 1997 “On Writing” column on Cover Letters and SASEs, which is this week’s Monday Spotlight, highlighting one of the 500+ documents on my website at, explains it.

Most important of all? The final line of the column, which says: “The only way in which you want to stand out from the crowd is by making a proper, professional-looking submission.”

More from me on this in my Yahoo Groups! newsgroup.

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