1. Couple things: first, I’ve been personally told by editors and writers, for a cover letter, if it’s not a novel, don’t even talk about the story, unless you have some qualifications (this computer that takes over the world in this short story is based on the supercomputer I ran for five years); all that I’ve heard is that the story will sell itself, or it won’t.

    They do want publishing credits… but not a laundry list. They want the title, the wordcount, how to contact you, and that’s about it.

    Novels, if you’re submitting to a publisher, may ask for a query letter. Or they may want you to use an online submission system that wants the query letter AS WELL. DAW, for example, does want an actual query letter.

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    1. Ah. I hadn’t submitted any manuscripts to publishers because I don’t want to throw away my shot prematurely.

      And, as always with publishing, all advice is tendencies, there are always going to be exceptions to the rule. For one of my short stories, my 1 line on the story is, “Please consider “The Darkness In The Files”, a blend of Lovecraftian horror and coder life, for your [publication name].” Not a true “pitch” in the novel sense.


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