You might be surprised to hear how often writers send New World Library things we’d never consider publishing. To avoid this, all that needs to be done is a little research.
A true example: My phone rang, I picked up, and a guy said: “I’ve got a great book for you. It’ll make us a lot of money.” (That was strike one: Don’t call a publisher directly. Send them something they can read first. And it was strike two as well: If your first concern is money, it shows me you’re writing from your greedy little mind and not from your heart, and it’s almost certainly nothing I’m interested in.)
“It’s called The World’s Worst Dirty Jokes.” (Strike three: He’s pitching something completely different from anything we’d ever published.)
I said, “We don’t publish those kind of books.” He said, “Well, what do you publish?” That question was really irritating, and I said, “Look, if you don’t know what we publish, why are you wasting your time — and my time — calling me?” End of conversation.
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