It’s been a while since I’ve had some slush that merited mention. In fact, this one we just listened to (yes listened to) inspired my tip of the week.

Tip of the Week: When you submit to a press that publishes books, submit a written manuscript.

Now, before today, I thought this went without saying. I sort of assumed everyone sent a written version of their submission. They might send illustrations or dummy books or some strange printed out thing, but somewhere, the words are written down. Today we got a picture book read on an audio CD. It didn’t have a single manuscript with this. Not only does it make it hard to evaluate this submission, but the reading of the manuscript itself was hard to listen to. This wasn’t a professional recording, but a homemade, occassionally strangely paused rendition. It was distracting. It was unusual. It’s now officially the oddest submission I’ve recieved yet.

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