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Thursday, February 02, 2006

One Editor's Opinion About SASEs

What do real, live editors think about SASEs?

I came across this on the blog of TOR Books editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Hayden was commenting on writer Todd James Pierce's advice on cover letters.

Here's Hayden:

"Only a grass-green newbie would think we need any encouragement to send back your manuscript. The pertinent phrase here is 'default option'.

A large SASE with full postage means you get your manuscript back. A letter-size SASE means you get a standard rejection letter and we throw your manuscript into the recycling bin. Neither option increases your chances of getting a personal letter."


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