October OSCURO presents editor Marcela Landres’ Top Ten Nightmare Submissions

I met Marcela Landres a couple years ago through social media & quickly purchased her ebook How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You.
At less than $10 the ebook is a transcript of an entire hour-long seminar from this accomplished editor. I highly recommend it for any writer who takes themselves seriously and wants to successfully navigate the submission process.
Here are some scary mistakes writers must avoid if they wish to survive the submission process:

Top Ten Submission Nightmares

by Marcela Landres
A good submission will seduce agents and editors; a bad submission will cause them to recoil in horror. Here’s a list of what not to do (parenthetical sides are provided for your enjoyment from Condor):

1. Address your query letter to the wrong agent or editor (The Horror!)

2. Don’t include a SASE with paper submissions (Savage!)

3. Send cash or a check instead of proper postage for returning paper submissions (Outrage!)

4. Mail a submission when e-mails are preferred (Zombie!)

5. E-mail a submission when snail mail is preferred (Return of the Zombie!)

6. Call or e-mail incessantly to ask if the agent or editor liked your submission (Stalkers!!)

7. Brag how much your family and friends love your writing (Oh no she didn’t…)

8. Declare your book idea is a guaranteed bestseller (Don’t go there!)

9. Reveal that your manuscript was actually channeled to you by God (Freaky!)

10. Condemn other published books as poorly written–thereby indirectly criticizing the taste and judgement of agents and editors (R.I.P)

Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You, publishes the award-winning e-zine Latinidad, and is an Editorial Consultant who helps writers get published by editing their work and educating them on the business side of publishing. A member of the Women’s Media Group, she has acted as a judge for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, and was formerly an editor with Simon & Schuster.
Marcela’s web site: http://www.marcelalandres.com/

6 thoughts on “October OSCURO presents editor Marcela Landres’ Top Ten Nightmare Submissions

  1. You are THE BOMB. Someone recently felt she had to explain this saying to me, but I’m sure you understand.
    I especially value your wisdom and humor because your words tickle…they are not raw or raunchy. Despite your “been there, done that” background, you don’t let your success override your humility.
    You go, girl!
    Love ya, Marcela.

  2. I love the list! It made me laugh and I just confirmed I need new glasses: I clicked the link from your email thinking I was clicking to a place called “CONDOM USINGS” and not CONDOR Musings. I thought… wow, Marcela is writing for some freaky page… but interesting anyway…

    As always, great!

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