I love this blog post about writing a proper short story cover letter by Alex! Cover letters shouldn’t get in the way of the story and they should be a great way of introducing you to the editors who you want to consider your work.
As an editor I see a lot of bad cover letters. I can’t help but think folks are following some bad advice out there, so I wrote a thing that might help. It’s long and it’s a little ranty and cranky (because I’ve seen a lot of bad cover letters in the last month), but I hope it will also be helpful.
Note that this advice is specific to genre magazines and anthologies and short fiction. Novel submissions play by a different set of rules, and there may be a slightly different etiquette in literary submissions and other genres. But, if you write and submit science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories, the following essay is for you.
How to Write a Proper Short Story Cover Letter
The most important fact to remember about cover letters is this: the best cover letter in the world is not really going to…
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