The dread of the generic submissions email address

Views From a Hole in the Ground

Sending your work to a literary agent is daunting enough without the added terror that strikes whenever you see a generic submissions address in the guidelines section.

Writing submissions@ feels like tossing your work into a digital black hole and hoping the right person stumbles across it in the darkness.

Some will argue that a slush pile is a slush pile no matter how it is formed, but at least when you are sending your work to an actual person’s actual email address you know they will actually read it.

In contrast, sending your submission to an inbox you envisage is already full to bursting while your dream agent focuses on their personal messages feels like losing the game before the match has even kicked off.

Of course there is an element of hyperbole here.

Some of the biggest literary agencies in the country use this system and they all…

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