Last night, I read the slush I received for CBAY. Most of what I got were fiction picture books. I am not opposed to publishing fiction picture books at some point, but right now, I am looking for non-fiction picture books as opposed to fiction. A fiction picture book is going to have to be phenomenal for me to seriously consider it. You have been warned.

On a different note, one of the authors informed me that the submission was a multiple submission. I don’t mind simultaneous submissions. I think it’s silly to not submit to 3-5 publishers. It just takes to long to hear a response to wait for each publisher to look at your manuscript one at a time. However, the way the author informed me rather irked me. I have provided it almost verbatim. I hid some identifying details.

    PS: I’ll probably send this novel to a few other publishers too. They’re fresh from re-edits, and I feel I’ve spent too many years waiting for one person a time to send me a rejection. Not that I believe they deserve rejections!

They’re so many things wrong with this. First off, it’s in a casual PS. It ruined the whole professional tenor of the rest of the cover letter. Next off, the author implies that I’m going to reject this. The last sentence tries to take it back, but it’s already to late. I now feel the author has no confidence in the work and expects a rejection. It’s hard not to oblige. Finally, it’s just such a strange way to word it. What’s wrong with the sentence: This is a simultaneous submission?

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