I recently had a long series of email exchanges with an author who wanted to send material for my consideration. It started with a query, then another, then another, then another. I requested the material once, then twice. Then the queries got a little harsher. I couldn’t figure out what was happening. Then the material came, not once, but twice. Just an email with a bunch of attachments. While I don’t mind one attachment with the manuscript and another for the synopsis, with a nonfiction self-help proposal I prefer everything in one document (all very clearly spelled out on our website which I point authors too).
The other day I got an email that simply said, “it’s been 15 weeks”. No signature, no address, not even punctuation or capitalization. I rejected the material.
Life is short and when an author seems rude and disorganized at this stage of the game I get the impression things will only get worse once a publishing contract comes into play.