Question: Which is the best way to send manuscripts to publishers? Email or snail mail?
Submitted by: Amber Rigby Grosjean
Author of Cursed Blood, Stolen Identity, and Spawn of the Curse (one more on its way)
Visit Amber's website and blog for more information about her books.
Amber, Thanks for sending your question to Ask the Editor. When it comes to submitting manuscripts, the choice is rarely the author's to make. Each agent and publisher/editor will have specific submission guidelines which they expect authors to follow if they want their work read. My own publisher is a good example. Five Star accepts mystery and romance/women’s fiction manuscripts only through its acquisitions firm, Tekno. Manuscripts must be sent as Word attachments to an e-mail, strictly formatted to Five Star/Tekno’s requirements.
Here are the links to the submission guidelines for agent Janet Reid and mystery publisher Midnight Ink:
Janet Reid, Literary Agent
Midnight Ink (publisher)
Although there are many places to find these guidelines, such as Writer’s Market, it’s always best to confirm you have the most up-to-date information by going to the agent’s or publisher’s website.
If authors fail to submit according to those published guidelines, it's possible their submissions will be discarded, deleted, or returned unread.
If you have concerns about the security of postal mailing versus e-mailing manuscripts, let us know as that could be a separate Ask the Editor topic.
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Patricia Stoltey is a mystery author, blogger, and critique group facilitator. Active in promoting Colorado authors, she also helps local unpublished writers learn the critical skills of manuscript revision and self-editing. For information about Patricia’s Sylvia and Willie mystery series, visit her website and her blog.