As some of you might be aware, I'm starting a travel magazine. For years, I've been a freelancer and I was a stickler for following the rules. Learning how to pitch a magazine was the one thing I read and studied more than anything else.
Since starting this magazine, it's remarkable to me just how many people don't care about all that. I've gotten e-mails from people who wrote them poorly, sent me articles in spite of the guidelines saying, "No articles accepted on spec, pitches only to the following e-mail......." and sent them to the wrong e-mail address.
Today, someone sent me an e-mail outside the guidelines and I responded with:
Please visit the magazine’s website and peruse the editorial guidelines. This is the incorrect e-mail address to send anything like this and the magazine doesn’t not accept articles on spec, just pitches, as is stated in the editorial guidelines.
The response I got from this writer kind of blew me away:
Thank you, but finding Editorial Guidelines under the Advertising link told me all I needed to know about your site! It's not for me - too amateurish.
This is someone who A. Has never been published outside of two books that they self-published and B. didn't bother to read the editorial guidelines BEFORE contacting me.
How am I supposed to feel about their obvious poor manners? I've been told by numerous people my site is wonderful and it's already gotten the attention of some folks in the international press and media.
Maybe I just needed to vent because I know the right answer to all of this is to consider the source and move on. I am curious to know what some of you think. (I'm intentionally not putting the link to the magazine's site here because I don't want this to seem as though I'm plugging the magazine)