Should Agents Stop Taking Email Submissions?
A blog reader wrote…
I think your in-box is being filled faster and faster as a result of agents now accepting electronic queries. I would bet that before you accepted email you got only a fraction of the number you currently receive. Now anybody with a computer can hammer out 80, 000 words and hit the go button. It took more effort in the old days. Only the really serious persisted.
I agree the electronic age has made it easy for some to think they can write and get published without putting in the work and the time. Alas, I can’t fix the system or stop the march of time and technology. Nor would I want to.
A few agents have stopped taking email submissions and take snail mail only, but I’d never do that. The bane of my publishing life for 15 years was the physical space taken up by manuscripts stacked everywhere… desk, floor, home, car. And the difficulty of carting around gigantic stacks of paper to read in carpool line, dentist office, in bed at night.
All of that has been eliminated and it makes me so happy. My office is so much cleaner and easier to work in. I read manuscripts on my Kindle which fits in my purse so I always have them with me, no carting around messy bundles of paper in binder clips and rubber bands.
Not to mention that I don’t have to keep laborious logs of manuscripts and proposals, or worry about losing them – they’re always saved on my computer. Life is SO much easier electronically. So while it has caused problems, it has made life much better overall.
Q4U: Do you think agents should stop taking email submissions to cut down on frivolous queries?
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