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Hell is Chrome

Sent out my first proposal yesterday for Finches. It's been a long time since I've done one of these. With the help of mokie, I was able to cobble together a cover letter that wouldn't embarass me too much, and some short description of the work in question. All this took about a week, since I take a long time to process these things.

A week ago, I queried Leaf Books (by email) over whether they accepted novella submissions for which a portion was previously published as a short story. I didn't receive a reply until today with a no, that they didn't accept submissions of the sort because the portion that was published accounted for 25% of the whole work. In my impertinence, I'd already sent out a sample yesterday (by post).

At the moment, I'm trying to figure out what the appropriate response in addition to an apology might be applicable for this. "Please accept my apologies and please ignore the manuscript that'll arrive at your doorstep in 2 weeks?" I really would like to know. I mean, I could hope the sheer goodness of my sample will bowl them over anyway, but even I'm not that delusional.

Edit: Sent my apologetic email, asking them to disregard the mailing. Truly, a moment of paint thinner, pesticide and a dead cockroach.

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benpeek
May. 11th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
yeah, i would've done the same, telling them to ignore it.
(Anonymous)
May. 11th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
You could just wait for us to trawl the blogsearch devices and then we'll tell you what's best to do. Really, no worries - we should've been more prompt in our reply to you. We genuinely can't handle previously published material, however flooringly good it is. If there's a SAE with the submission, we'll send it back to you as soon as possible.

Regards,

Leaf Books.
vampyrichamster
May. 11th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly alright about the query -- I realize I didn't help by jumping the gun there either. Quite a surprise to be trailed back to my blog of all places, but I do appreciate the note. There's no SAE with my submission. Unfortunately, Australia doesn't have British POs, so my manuscript is disposable. - Afi
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