dear prospective authors:
please do not call editors or assistants on the phone. we are busy, introverted, crabby, and we do not want to speak with you,or anyone else, hence our decision to work behind a computer for low pay while managing crushing student loan debt. calling does not make you seem like any more of a go-getter like it might a job seeker or telemarketer pushing a credit card. if you sent a proposal in, and haven’t received a response in a timely fashion (which is approximately 6 months, in editorial assistant time), assume your proposal has been rejected or as yet unread. It is possible that it got lost in the mail, but unlikely, as the post office has an ace record for delivering paper goods but not for delivering anything else, especially valuables. I might have a personal vendetta against the USPS. never you mind that. anyway, the best way to ensure your proposal is considered is to send it to the right place (i.e., sending a proposal to Random House, the behemoth that it is, without addressing it to a specific division or holder of a certain title, means that it will probably get tossed), be patient, and please do not call. for god sakes. i just want to be left alone. is it too much to ask?