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