Originally Posted by cyberpunkdreams
Anyway, the mistake is simple: they don't read the guidelines.
Absolutely agree - I publish a number of news sites, and provide a clearly linked page for "Press/Media", where I invite PR
agencies to send their press releases via email.
However, every Monday morning I can expect a string of calls from needy PR
people asking if I got the email, do I need more information - or even, "Can I send you a press release?".
I remember when submitting a MS to agents, I'd ring each to see if they were accepting. Nowadays, I would absolutely not do that because it can only annoy them unnecessarily - if they are not taking submissions, I'll get my MS posted back and I'd try elsewhere.
I know people invest a lot of emotional energy in fiction writing, but you absolutely have to try and divorce yourself from that to some degree and replace it with a business head - not hard, angry, demanding - but instead, patient, considered, with careful but prepared decision planning.
After all, if it took a few years to write your work, you should certainly not be in a huge hurry to expect to get published. Writing is only part of the journey - being published is longer yet.