I sent two unsolicited essays to Black Inc a couple of months ago a longer and a shorter essay on open source software. Neither was successful which was fair enough. Fortunately I hadn’t written them for that forum, but was hoping that they might publish them.
When I inquired as to how to send them in I was told to do so by sending duplicate copies in with a covering letter. This in the 21st Century. Assuming that this was a rational thing for them to do rather than something they’d not thought about much – perhaps they did it this way to increase the effort required to get them a manuscript. It really is pretty easy to flick an essay onto an email.
I just rang them and found out that they received 500 essays. Of which they’ll publish less than 30 I presume. So there are hundreds of essays remaining unpublished. I guess many like mine will have been published elsewhere. But many won’t be.
So it’s a real pity they didn’t take the essays by email and post them on some website for those who are interested to find them.