Friday, May 19, 2006
Q & A 14 Rumble or humble?
Regarding tone and presentation to agents and editors: Do you swagger or stay humble?
Evil Editor once received two manuscripts the same day. One had a cover letter that began, Enclosed please find what may be . . . no, what IS . . . the greatest book written since . . . actually, I'm not sure there's EVER been a greater book.
The second cover letter began, The enclosed manuscript is probably even crappier than the last few I sent you, but . . .
Evil Editor did not read beyond that point in either submission, but if he had been forced at gunpoint to choose one of these manuscripts for publication, based entirely on the first sentence of the cover letter, he would have assumed the latter ms to be by far the superior one.
Evil Editor hopes that answers your question.