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July 30, 2010

Getting Published: Why Mass Submissions Are a Bad Idea

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , — ax20 @ 2:52 pm

When submitting your work, it is tempting to create a single email, address it to “agent,” and then send it to a ton of agencies all at once. The internet makes this temptation even greater. Do not give in to this temptation! This approach can hurt you for a number of reasons, but here are a few quick ones:
1- it is impersonal, always address letters to a person when possible
2- it shows the agents that you are lazy, otherwise you’d have put in the time to address it appropriately and tailor your email (when necessary) based on the agency you are submitting to
3- agencies have different submission guidelines, so you will likely not be sending what is asked for to a number of agencies

You might say, “yeah, but it gets my work out to so many more agents at once so even if a few won’t consider it because of this, it will still mean that a number of them do.” This may be true, but let’s be honest, the good agencies are the ones that will likely discard it immediately. Those are the ones you want representing you. It will also give you fewer options and chances of getting published.

It isn’t all that difficult to create a basic template, fill in the specifics (name of the agency, a person’s name, and maybe change a few details based on who they are and what they’ve asked for), and send the emails separately. It may take a little longer, but it looks more professional, which is more appealing to an agency.

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