So I get a call from my little post office box guy who tells me I have a package waiting for me. I have an extremely busy day, but not knowing if the package was important or not, I dropped what I was doing to go up and get it.
It was from an author.
He’d sent a book.
He was pitching it to me.
Enter scene where editor commences spurting steam out her ears and uttering words that would make my mother blush.
I quickly scanned the letter and dumped the entire package into to the trash outside the PO. I have a confession to make: I toss every single book that I didn’t request. So like every other author who thinks agents and editors will drop everything they’re doing to read someone’s book – rather than submitting a proper query – he wasted $4.75 plus the price of his vanity book. I wasted my time picking it up.
Was this rude? Maybe. Probably. But what good does it do me to have submission guidelines when some yahoos won’t bother to read them?
I will never stop screeching this: DO NOT DO THIS. PUHLEEZE.