Here’s the deal. I’ve been trying to politely reply to incorrect submissions. People using the last resort email without reading the guidelines have been getting summarily and unceremoniously deleted, but others have used the submission form for non-fiction, or they’ve submitted their query via the contact us page, one person even recently read the submission guidelines and somehow got the impression it was pick-mix and skipped straight to the last resort option and even admitted as much in the email. Until today the ones not just sending us any and sundry email on the last resort address have been getting polite replies directing them to the submission guidelines and form.
The forms explain themselves. The submission guidelines, while possibly able to stand being phrased more business like and stuffy (something I’d rather slit my own wrists than attempt to do to the poor defenseless English language), are pretty straight forward and clear. If you can’t read them, it is now our policy to assume that this also means you cannot write and that we will not be able to finish your book; literacy, after all, ought to be a prerequisite for being a writer.
I’m sorry, but it’s going too far and getting to be too much. There have been days where over half of the submissions were incorrect and it took the better part of an hour to reply to all of them before adding the people who did as they were asked to our backlog! That’s time that might have seen the start and finish of someone’s short story. It’s certainly the amount of time it took me to read our first comic submission!
When you waste our time you waste other authors’ time. So no more. When you can follow the guidelines we’ll consider your book. Until then you’re refiled to the bin without a glance or a tear shed.
Yes, this post is rude. Believe me — there are hundreds of bad submissions behind it. Patience and politeness have been exhausted and have left the building.