Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Editors Answer - #3

When submitting to EC, how do you prefer the general submissions' salutations to be addressed? Since the author doesn't know to whom the submission will ultimately go, would "Dear Editor" be the best choice?

If a publisher lists specific acquiring editors by genre or imprint, then always direct your submission to that person. However, for houses (like Ellora's Cave) with one general submissins address, "Dear Editor" is perfectly fine.

Do be sure your cover letter/email states the genre of the submission, or the line or imprint you are submitting to, so that it can be routed to an appropriate acquiring editor.

If this submission is the result of something like a pitch appointment you had with an editor at a writer conference, then of course address the cover letter to that person and be sure to mention your past contact.

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