What I love about this post is that it's as helpful to established professionals as it is beginners:
- Beginners are often anxious or tentative in their queries, requests or questions. They might be afraid of getting an outright "no" (or bad news); other times, they think the more they explain, the more they will be understood and empathized with. Unfortunately, both behaviors can seriously undermine.
- Established professionals often take a lot for granted—or can get lazy—when contacting editors or publications. They think their reputation speaks for them, or they expect editors/agents can spend a lot of time shooting the breeze and helping them find work. This is just as undermining.