We get lots of them – not so many as bigger publishers, obviously, but enough.
It says, very clearly, on our submissions page that we don’t open unsolicited attachments (for obvious reasons).
It also says that we don’t publish novels, that we require a full synopsis and three sample chapters, including the first chapter, and a brief CV of the author, that we prefer submissions to be emailed, and that we don’t return unsolicited manuscripts even if return postage is sent.
So why would anyone send us novels, via unsolicited attachments, with no reference to the author? We get two or three a week.
It’s not just novels. Last week, a colleague took a call from a chap offering us his take on what’s wrong with modern life – a discursive and wide-ranging book that takes in everything from the ‘war on terror’ to global warming. ‘I’ve researched it thoroughly,’ he said. ‘There are 26,000 footnotes.’
Then there was this one (details redacted to avoid embarrassment):
This is to announce that I have just made a copyright of my book “(title)” which was original inspired by a meeting my secondary High School class had with Leonard Bernstein, the famous composer and conductor many years ago.
Mr. Bernstein at the time wanted to meet young people to encourage them to “make peace and not war” as his generation had done. Many years later I have completed an analysis on many different levels of our human condition, existence, history and why the situation continues to perpetuate.
If you would like to contribute and to be part of moving our race, the human race “(title)”, you are welcome to join. You can request a portion of the manuscript and/or recommend a Literary Agent whom you have worked with in the past who is reputable.
For if we try, to rise so high, then we can be, the endless sea…
Thank you for your time and consideration.
With Best Regards.