Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Not Yet Ready for Public Viewing
I came to work today barefoot. Wearing sweats. Sans makeup. (But I DID brush my teeth.) Becky suggested I post a picture of me in my home office. Not on your life! As excited as I am to show you my new "working arrangements," neither me nor my office are ready for public presentation today. One of these days soon, though, I'll give you a peek of my new work-a-day world. I might even manage to click a pic of the flock of sheep that graze outside my office window. The window will need to be washed first, though.
More often than you might imagine, I receive proposals that are not yet ready for public viewing. On numerous occasions, an author will send a "correction" e-mail with a revised attachment of their proposal. On a few occasions, an author has followed up their original submission with three or four corrected versions. Such communiques may portray the author's exuberance, but they don't do much to establish my confidence in their professionalism. I understand an author's excitment and eagerness to present, for the world to see, their latest demonstration of creative genius. However, don't let your enthusiasm override the need to present an error-free proposal--the first time around. Don't forget to spell-check. Ask a crit partner to look over the total package, including the cover e-mail, prior to hitting that SEND button. Even the best proof-readers have a hard time spotting errors in their own work. And allow some breathing time between completion of your proposal and firing the submission off to the editor.
One of these days, when I've got my home office all in order, I'll show off my digs. In the meantime, picture me HAPPY. SKD
Editor Du Jour Susan