Not following submission guidelines

Ok, so here’s the deal. Leucrota Press has explicit guidelines on what we are looking for in novels as well as how to go about sending it in. While the submissions for the most part have been following the “what we want” part, they’ve been ignoring the “how we want it” when it comes to electronic submissions.

Electronic Submissions

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of submissions where the author just puts “Here’s a submission for ya, hope you like it!” and then pasting their three chapters (and sometimes the entire novel) into the body of the email.

…In case you’re a little behind, that’s not what we want. It’s annoying as hell to read, a pain in the ass to try to copy and paste it into Word so that we can read it later, and we’re tired of doing it.

So, we’ve decided to stop.

Not only will your submission be immediately rejected, it won’t even be read. You will get a polite (well, polite by our standards) response saying “You failed to follow directions. Sorry.” And then we’ll hit send, then delete your previous email, and forget about you.

Sound harsh? Well, maybe a little. But you have to understand that it’s not anything different than what the “big guys” do. In fact, they might not even bother responding at all. So no, we’re not being mean. We’re being practical – it’s a waste of our times to deal with authors who can’t follow simple instructions on something as simple as an email.

Postal Submissions

As a quick note, those authors that have been submitting by mail have been rather good at following all directions. Though just remember to include all of the required materials when submitting by mail: ie. a SASE.

I recevied a submission last week with no SASE, and no email address. So, guess what, that means no response. Sorry dude.


6 Responses

  1. That doesn’t sound harsh to me at all. You’re right; people need to read and follow directions. It’s not rocket science. It’s like applying for a job–those who don’t present themselves professionally aren’t going to be worthy of consideration.

    I salute your efforts to minimize your time wasted in dealing with writers who can’t be bothered to play by the rules.

  2. Glad I got a properly-formatted electronic submission in while I could. >_< It’s hard to submit hard copies from Iraq.

  3. I’m always amazed at the number of people who can’t, don’t, or won’t follow the guidelines. This is something I hammer on when I sit on “Publishing 101” panels at conventions. You must follow the guidelines!

  4. Thanks Michael, it’s always nice to hear from a seasoned writer that you understand as well. I knew there was a reason you were nominated for the Preditors and Editors Readers Choice Awards…

    By the way, congrats on your recent sales.

  5. ( I submitted this before, but it isn’t showing up, so I thought I’d try again.)

    Are their examples of a well done synopsis that you could point to?
    I would find that very helpful. Thanks.

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