Intern A read a query for us. Said query was received via snail mail. Intern A liked query and, upon asking one of the agents here at FinePrint for guidance, asked to see more. Intern A received partial. Liked partial. Asked to see full manuscript. Full manuscript did not arrive in a time manner (yet another strike against sending paper queries). Intern A's internship is up, She leaves, and moves onto job elsewhere. Intern B has replaced Intern A. Some weeks go by. Seasons pass. Colleen's hair begins to turn grey. THEN SUDDENLY!!!!! Previously requested manuscript shows up. Addressed to nobody in particular. But Intern B figures out that this is requested material, and takes it to Agent Z, who asks Intern B to read it and make notes. Intern B really likes manuscript; writes up a great deal of feedback, returns manuscript to Agent Z. Agent Z looks over manuscript and feedback, thinks Intern B is dead-on and sits down at her desk to email/phone author of mysterious manuscript...and discovers that there is no contact information on any part of the manuscript. Not a phone number. Not an email. Not a PO Box or street address. Just the author's name, which is of no help at all.
So, in the future, dear authors. take heed: Put your contact info on the front page. Then, for the love of all that is holy, put your contact info in the header or footer OF EVERY SINGLE PAGE OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT! Because pages get separated. Interns leave. Email sometimes gets deleted. Agents have brain farts. (Hey, it happens.) Prepare yourself for every eventuality by putting your name, phone and email on every single page of your manuscript.
Now, if anyone out there in the blogosphere knows someone named Christy Humphrey who writes YA fantasy, would you please have him (or her) email Suzie at FinePrint? Thank you.