How do you approach a new editor for the first time? E-mail? Cover letter? Send clips? What?
If it’s a cold call, I’ll write a professional query letter, listing the articles and books I’ve published. I almost always query by email, but I’m sure to keep it professional. Just because my follow up involves email doesn’t mean it should be lax or casual communication.
What if you send a manuscript and don’t hear for a long period of time? How long is too long? When and how do you follow up?
If an editor rejects a manuscript with a form rejection, is it okay to ask them to explain why?
If an editor rejects a manuscript with suggestions for improving it, is it OK to make those corrections and resubmit it?
Is it ever okay to send a manuscript back to the same publication if you have revised it and enough time has passed?
Another thing to consider. My first novel was rejected by a house within a few months. A year later, an editor remembered it, read it again, and acquired it.
Are there ways to follow-up with editors you have met at a conference?
At what point do you start calling editors by their first name?