Not that judging by the number of naked queries I get, or the people who can’t seem to follow any of the existing ones, but I occasionally feel like adding a few things to my submission guidelines:
- All submitters must have read at least 50 different SF/F authors who published more than one book before submitting. (Okay, so I’d take 25, with all shared world novels counting as one author.)
- Story must have a plot.
- You agree to be mocked for all the inane things you put in your cover letter, and submission requirements you fail to follow.
- You acknowledge and understand that my first rule of accepting a submission is “would i go buy the sequel”.
and his readers are doing a great job poking holes in one of the things many some writers fail to notice.