Thursday, March 5, 2009

So what happens when you don't follow my submission guidelines?

You get this in your in-box:
This is an automated response. Please re-query according to my posted submission guidelines. Thank you.
And then your query gets deleted.

No exceptions.

14 comments:

writermomof5 said...

That’s actually pretty considerate as you have your guidelines clearly posted.

Heather said...

I agree. That's extremely generous of you.

Sarah Jensen said...

That is more than fair. This isn't rocket science. If an agent has guidelines, follow them.

Dawn said...

Seems clear to me.

Samantha Elliott said...

Good for you! I hope that helps ease your query load...if even only a little.

Serenissima said...

I appreciate that you let folks know this, rather than simply deleting it and leaving them wondering.

Amy Ruttan said...

I think it's pretty generous you even respond that far.

I mean it's pretty clear if you do your research.

C said...

I'm glad you adhere to your submission guidelines. It give those who follow them a better chance of representation.

Another subject. Will you be sharing the results of your query haiku soon?

Joseph Lewis said...

But Colleeeeen! Some authors are too busy to figure out how the internet works, after all, do you want a writer who can write or a writer who can Google?

And as soon as I get out of prison, I can't wait to talk to you about my fictional novel that I don't think I can write on my own, but I totally know who should play the lead in the movie version, after it makes Oprah's reading list, because my Mom totally loves the poems I send her...

rcwriter said...

Love it. Sounds exactly like something I would do. I'm glad you at least give the author a second chance. Some are just simple uh-oh, and unintentional. I've submitted things and then looked at it again for the 100th time and wonder where my brain was.

Shelli said...

i think you should just send back a note that says: QUERYFAIL :)

L.C. Gant said...

Ooh, I agree with Shelli! QUERYFAIL sounds awesome! Then, direct them to Twitter to figure out what it means!

Well, you're nicer than I am. I just wouldn't respond at all. I figure, if you don't respect my time, I don't respect yours.

I know, I have anger issues. I'm working on it :D

alanajoli said...

I like QUERYFAIL. I think there should be an angry looking editor cat attached. :)

(I do think it's very kind of you to let people know you'll review their submissions when they follow the directions.)

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