Well, here’s how to do it. Don’t read anyone’s submissions guidelines. Eh, those are for the tourists!
Print out a cover letter that has nothing to do with what the publisher produces and include:
- Your title page
- Your dedication page
- Your Acknowledgment page
- Your TOC
- Your forward
- Your first thirty-odd pages
- And separate them with really cool gold paperclips
Hey, it’s only ink, right? Then go blow five or six bucks to mail it…and make sure you don’t include an SASE. And why should you? You’re the next Hemingway. Why be bothered with such trifles?
If you do that, I promise you one thing – the overworked and underpaid editor will demand the beagle make her a fresh pitcher of margaritas, and toss the entire submission into the recycle bin.
She’ll keep the really cool gold paperclips.