When I think now about the very first submission letter I sent to an editor back in 1991, I feel a frisson of embarrassment go right down to my typing fingertips. Shall I tell you about it? Oh, all right then. If I must. You'll probably hate me for it, but I can't help that. Warning: there may be footnotes. Indulge me.
* It wasn't all wonderful--it was pouring with rain, the midges were biting like a bugger, and I had terrible morning-sickness.
** Despite the urge to throw your work on the world as soon as it is born, I find it's always best to sit on it for a bit and fiddle. Other people might call this the cowardice of fear. I call it sensible.
*** Some of them hand-written on what looked like the back of an old envelope. No. I'm not kidding you.
**** The fact that I had an ancient American AppleMac and a rotten printer which took the kind of thin cheap paper that has a strip of tear-off holes all down the side is no excuse for the dreadful layout of a chatty bit and then one scrunched paragraph of blurb all single spaced. At least the address and date and stuff were ok.
***** Told you you'd hate me. But it was the day the first Gulf War broke out, so I needed cheering up.
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