Tip of the Week: When an editor (or agent — this applies to them too) asks for your complete manuscript via email, do not send each chapter in it’s own separate attachment. Send the entire work in one document.

This is not a joke. I really did get a full manuscript from the Bloom Award sent to me with every chapter in a document. I threatened to refuse to read it on principle, but I was told I had too. Remember you don’t want to alienate the editor before you even get started, and having to combine 17 documents into 1 so I can load it on my reader definitely puts me in a foul mood.

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