Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Have I taught you nothing?

by Rob - January 27th, 2009.
Filed under: RJS Books, Writing.

The opening of an email I just received:

Dear Editor:

I am seeking the publication of my young adult novel, TITLE, complete at 168,000 words.

My reply:

You’ll never get anywhere like this. My guidelines say no YA, and nothing over 100,000 words — I didn’t read anything beyond that in your letter. I wish you luck, but, believe me, all editors just chuck emails that begin “Dear Editor” (our names aren’t that hard to find), especially when they show a complete disregard for the guidelines of or an unfamiliarity with the publisher being approached.

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