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How do you feel about electronic queries and submissions? Do they help with response times from editors?
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Really wish more publishers would use electronic queries and submissions. Yes, they do help with response times PLUS so far they seem to send more personalized comments even though sometimes they are rejections. ALSO, found it helpful with momentum--"reject one; but you say it's powerful--then here's another." Of course, I don't tell the editor that but minutes later the next submission in on its way!
The Internet and E-mail are instrumental in timely processing of queries and submissions. These avenues of communication are a great asset of today's writers, though not without flaw. When submitting by E-mail you take the same chances of losing information as with regular mail.
Denfinitely. While I don't feel electronic submissions speed up response time noticeably for long works or ful-length manuscripts, an electronic query into a potential project is a definite assest.
If you live outside of North America (as I do most of the time), E-queries and E-submissions are the only cost-effective way to go. I have found that response times are much faster -- at least with rejections! :-(
i feel that time saved is time earned. it is an immediate response from editors rather than the waste of time through snail mail.
A wonderful answer to saving time! I would love to see all publishers jumping on this band wagon!
I love electronic queries and submissions...less "paranoid fear" that one's writings have been lost in the mail. Yes, response time is better. I'm so grateful for e-mail!
I think electronic queries are fantastic time savers. Electronic submissions of partial ms. are great.
For the time being, electronic queries seem too easy for editors to ignore. Paper queries received in the mail still
seem more substantial and "real." Electronic submissions to an editor who knows you or has assigned work are a real blessing.
Los Angeles, CA
I feel that electronic queries and submissions are the way of the future. I am online daily surfing the world learning about all of my interest and hobbies.
San Diego, CA
I wish all editors would be responsive to e-mail. Electronic queries would solve the issue of time sensitive materials.
North Branford, CT
They make things a lot easier for writers by cutting down on the response time.
Although electronic queries should in theory help editors respond more quickly, the editors of most magazines are now swamped by less than serious writers. They also tend to look at equeries with some distrust, so it may hurt new writers' chances at getting published.
I feel that the response time is much quicker, rather than wait for the conventional response through the mail. It is much nicer.
No problem, this is the electronic age and we should take advantage of it. I would think they would benefit the speed of processing with editors.
The internet/e-mail is so much more convenient for communication; When late for a deadline, I can avoid talking to many more people than I used to be able to when I only had a phone answering machine and heavily fortified compound.
Andrew J. Fischer
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Convenient and time-saving.
Fort Wayne, IN
Electronic queries and submissions are most convenient. Editors should find electronic responses most convenient, too. Interaction time between writer and editor has definitely improved.
Yes, I should think so. Less time in the mail and less chance of being lost there. However, I would think that also depends on the individual considering the work and their organizational skills.
Enjoy them greatly. My first electronic query was answered the following day. Would like to see more of them.
Christian Van Herk
Yes, I think they cut down response time a great deal for editors who have email. And they save us writers a lot of money on postage and paper!!!
I make my living writing for "Publishing & Production Executive" magazine, a trade publication that focuses on how technology impacts the publishing industry. Not a day goes by in which I'm not made aware of how electronic and digital exchange of information allows us all to do our jobs better, faster, cheaper. Electronic queries and submissions are two more examples of how contemporary technology facilitates a more rapid and reliable exchange of information. And, yes, I do believe that editors prefer to receive queries and submissions in electronic form, and that certainly may provide an impetus for a faster response.
I think it should all be via e-mail..it would save so much time
Yes, they most certainly do. It is far more faster than "snail-mail"!
As one who submits, I think using electronic mediums to submit is a time saver. It is often a process of copy and paste or attach, with no ink, paper, or postage expenses. However, software, browser, and equipment compatibility is sometimes questionable, and can sometimes delay transmission. I may not be certain that, for instance, the editor can open a particular document and view it as I have formatted it. As an editor, I greatly appreciate electronic submissions because there is less paperwork and more ease in organizing/storing works received. However, given the number and quality of submissions, electronic use is no guarantee that response time will be quick, or even quicker than sifting through print queries and submissions.
CaLana D. Loveless
I think e-mail is a good way to keep in touch with editors who have already bought your work, but I'm somewhat of a traditionalist. I like the feeling I get when I mail out a batch of submissions, and it's always exciting to see one of my SASEs in the mailbox (only now that I'm submitting short stories, that SASE means rejection, and I don't like seeing those in the mailbox!!)
San Diego, CA
They're extremely helpful in corresponding with my literary agent. Haven't used them with editors.
I like using electronic queries and do feel that they help with response times from the editors.
Electronic submissions are the best thing since sliced cheese. Really great.
I think for the time being, it's a useful medium because it's not yet used as much as it could be. Therefore, electronic submissions may stand out a bit better than hard-copy submissions. The other advantage is that you may be saving paper - the editor will likely scan through it before deciding whether it's worth printing off and reading completely. I do think it speeds response times, because by sending electronically, you've essentially sent them a self-addressed, stamped envelope in which to reply. All they have to do is hit "reply" and tell you what they think.
Love those e-queries. They get immediate attention from editors drowning in paper.
I feel electronic queries, are a true blessing to writers. We can now be "rejected", at the speed of electrons!
Arthur L. Ray
I don't have any experience with electronic queries at this time. In theory is sounds like a great time saver, but I'm still old fashioned. I like to see the comments on the manuscript.
So far I've submitted several queries and submissions via eletronic mail. It hasn't helped me very much. I recently won the National Library of Poetry's "Editor's choice award" for a poem I submitted via electronic mail, but most of the contact was accomplished regular mail. I am currently working on a novel, "Ghost Dancer" which I hope to publish in the spring if I can find an agent who will represent me, or an editor who will give it a chance, and read the entire thing. It is a wonderful book, but I do not think I would try sending it via eletronic mail unless it was encoded and copywrited. Too many chances of things "happening" to it. Unless you receive a notice from the e-mail carrier that it didn't go thru, you have no real, firm idea that the person you sent it to actually received it. RSVP is becoming more common than you might realize.
Electronic queries and submissions have been a real godsend for me, a very efficient way of communicating and meeting deadlines. Response time varies by editors. And each has they own style. Some reply with a succinct "yes," "no," brief commications likes that. Other answer in more detail. Over all, email and the Internet has enhanced my freelance business, especially since I live in a rural community.
Electronic queries and submission seem to have the most value in cases where you have already established a working relationship with an editor. It seems to be much easier to ignore electronic communications from strangers.
They definitely speed things up from the author's end, though I think the response times from editors is probably relatively the same.
As a poet, I find electronic submissions extremely helpful. Response times are not necessarily faster, but it saves on paper, stamps and prep time.
Nancy Ellis Taylor
Los Angeles, CA
I feel it's a lot easier on the writer's and the publishers. It saves time and money. I wish that more places would switch to email submissions, whereas it would make my life--as a writer--a lot less stressed. :)
They save a great deal of time - just one of the benefits of the electronic revolution!
Electronic queries and submissions are the greatest technological advance that a writer can take advantage of. Waiting for a response from an editor or publisher used to take a month. Now, a response is usually given in a day and sometimes in a matter of hours. Additionally, requests for guidelines are only a keystroke away. My postage bill has been significantly reduced and wasted time can virtually be eliminated.
Yes, I have found that the turnaround time is much faster via email. Plus, you save on the cost of postage and envelopes.
San Francisco, CA
I think it is really positive. I really do think that the response time is faster,and less time consuming for the writer.
Silver Springs, NV