“Every proposal that reaches us is reviewed by at least one member of the editorial staff.”
I certainly hope so. How else would they accept or reject manuscripts — toss them skyward to see which landed in the wastepaper basket and which didn’t?
The second sentence was more sobering:
“Hard copy submissions only. Electronic submissions will be deleted without review.”
That threat didn’t speak well of the company. Either the publisher didn’t know or didn’t care that It costs between $40 – $60 to print and mail a 300 page manuscript. The expenditure may make the post office happy but it won’t sell as single book.
So let me be clear about publishers who imagine they are gatekeepers: given today’s technology, there’s nothing mystic about getting a book produced and distributed. What matters is marketing. Any would-be author should consider the following when thinking about publishing : a) whether it’s better to spend $60 to snail mail a manuscript that might shredded or b) to spend $60 for a 1000 bookmarks to advertise the book.
You do the math.