Another editor and I were going through some slush (unrequested manuscripts) yesterday afternoon. Most of it was unsolicited, a lot of it not even romance.
I know anyone reading this is way too savvy about publishing to commit any of these mistakes, but if nothing else I hope they will amuse, and you can give yourself a pat on the back for knowing you avoided:
- including a list of previous rejections in your cover letter
- no contact info–anywhere
- enclosing return envelopes with no stamps or address
- personal email addresses such as “lordofthesiths” or “faeryqueen”
- the bottom two-thirds of the last page cut off with scissors because that’s where the submission ended