Q: A book I’ve reads says so many times that it is inadvisable to email publishers as they simply won’t respond. But some publishers say they are open to email submissions. Is it still ok to do so?
A: If the publisher’s guidelines say it is okay to email them, then yes, follow the publisher’s guidelines. The book may simply be advising writers not to blindly email publishers as a way to break in. It is unadvisable if you have not received specific instructions from the publisher or an editor there to email. Your emails will go unheard. And you will surely irritate someone there, receiving the emails. Follow the publisher’s (or editor’s guidelines) with regards to email submissions.