Is your butt-crack showing?
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In the world of popular fashion, like most of us, I admire the saggy pants that allow a cunning reveal from behind of the underpants elastic. We can satisfy our curiosity about whether the wearer prefers tidy whiteys or colorful briefs. But it is a faux pas to display one’s anatomy.
In the world of writing there are similar missteps that expose all too clearly the lack of savoir-faire of an inexperienced author, the equivalent naivety of wearing white after Labor Day.
If someone wants your submission on paper, is it of any shade except bright white? That, mon ami, is not bright. It marks you as uniformed. If the submission is supposed to be in 12 point Times New Roman, do not use 16 point Edwardian Script any more than you would wear skinny heels with a short hemlines.
Is the format outside the rigid, expected custom? Tsk tsk. How boring, how trite, are the antiquated expectations of the old guard, you may be thinking. Why not dare to show my irreverent creativity?
Why not? Cheri, the person who reads your submission will be a lackey of the establishment. Said underling will know that to forward a manuscript that shows contempt for the powers that be, would detract from efforts to become a member of the ruling elite.
Inclusion of what appear to you to be acts of noblesse oblige, such as allowing the editor/publisher to choose the title or suggesting the editor accept of you opus within the week, will result in your categorization as a rank newcomer — the operative word being rank. You would be viewed with a level of disdain comparable to how they would have judged you if you had worn combat books with parachute pants
Those who have climbed the mountain, inch by inch, foot by foot, are not likely to install an escalator for your convenience. You can of course rebel against tired convention. You can allow your brilliance free range and it will shine within you and perhaps within a small circle that recognizes your genius.
Should you, at some point, endeavor to expand your audience I would advise you, strictly entre nous, to learn the quaint customs and adopt the norms so that you may scale the heights before you break the chains of convention.