Oh for sure he’s pitching a rocket into a pile of mess and it’s gonna offend folks, but there’s lots here that publishers should think about!
(Writer pauses, then turns around)
Writer: Look, it’s true that I do need a good editor.
Editor: See! I told you!
(Writer hands Editor his business card)
Writer: When your company goes bankrupt, and you’re unemployed, I want you to look me up. Send me a letter. One page, double spaced. List your qualifications for editing my book, and your rates. Also include a SASE. If you don’t hear from me in six months, no need for you to follow up–it means I’m not interested…
via A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: The Acquisitions Editor.