Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Q & A 12 Recycling MS?
EE, you're really okay with "You may recycle the material"? Doesn't it say, "This crap isn't really worth the two bucks it'd cost me to get it back; just trash it," or are editors glad not to have to fumble w/ another envelope?
Things were different in the old days, when you had to retype an entire novel because some editor slimed it. Nowadays, with high-speed printers, the two bucks it costs to get back a manuscript with dog-eared corners, coffee stains, a missing page, and a Post-it note on page 17 that reads, Get a load of this one; what crap! (remove Post-it after everyone's had a laugh), isn't worth it, not when the manuscript is just going into your own recycling pile anyway. Too bad all editors can't be as meticulously attentive as Evil Editor, who carefully removes each manuscript from its envelope, immediately slides it gently into its SASE, and posts it, with no chance of even a fingerprint marring it.