Can I just rant here for a minute?
What is with authors and illustrators who either do not have an e-mail address, do not send it with their submission, or they never check their e-mail?
Or–and this one is very frustrating–they have a great website (that seems to be updated fairly regularly) with complete contact info–e-mails, phone numbers, fax number, P.O. Box. But none of them work! E-mails bounce back repeatedly or receive no reply, phone and fax disconnected, and no response to snail mail.
For weeks now, I’ve been trying to track someone down. I have a contract for them. I have a marketing plan. I have money I want to give them. And I can’t reach them. This is nuts!
And guess what?! I stopped trying. I threw their whole folder in the rejection pile this morning. (Of course, they won’t know they’re rejected because I can’t get a message to them.)
So, if you want to be a published author/illustrator/whatever, here are a few basic communication tips:
1. Get an e-mail address and check it daily.
2. Put multiple avenues of contact on every communication to an editor/publisher.
3. If you use a P.O. Box*, check it at least weekly.
4. If you have a website, be sure to include CURRENT contact information.*
Words of Caution:
- Don’t post your e-mail address. Spammers love this. Do it with a link.
- Don’t post your home address. Use a P.O. Box.
- Don’t post your home phone. If you have an e-mail address (and you check it) and a P.O. Box, that should be adequate.