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Publishing--An Inside Perspective
Thoughts, musings, observations, practical advice, and not-so-gentle chidings from an inside perspective gleaned after years of managing an independent publishing company. (Note: as a rule, I will not be responding to indvidual posts.)
X I was asked recently to write an editorial for Civil War News about the state of Civil War Publishing. Here is the article, which made th...
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Recall that in my last post about "Scott," I emailed him with a few options on how to proceed back on May 10. One of the choices was to shred his manuscript. Of course, I did not get even the courtesy of a reply.
Today, nearly one month later, I received a SASE for the return of his "manuscript." Were the enclosed instructions a carefully composed letter thanking us for our time and trouble?
Did it say I am sorry I can't send you what you need to evaluate the manuscript at this time?
Instead, it was a sheet of blank paper with a hand-scribbled note that read: "Please return the XXX manuscript priority mail. Thank you."
Handwritten. No "Dear Publisher," or "Dear Mr. Savas," or whatever else would suit the occasion. He did not even sign it.
I won't even tell you what I scribbled back across the bottom.
Authors--please do not emulate this person's social skills when asking to have sometime take hours and evaluate your work.