Before I expire I'm hoping to get a crossword puzzle published in the NYT. I've submitted more than a dozen now but they have all been declined. In some cases there were comments returned ("We don't do quotations" or "Didn't understand the theme") but many times just a "No thanks". I'm sure Will Shortz is inundated with submissions so I'm wondering if there are strategies for getting noticed / accepted.
- I'm using this software which says it exports the appropriate document formatting
- Before submitting I have several people solve / edit for content and clarity
At present I'm sitting on three Sundays and I'm not sure how best to submit them. Send them together? Space them out? Should I include any other information (besides my contact info)?