There are nine aisles at the grocery store. One is open. It's the ten items or less aisle. My cart is overflowing.
The lady at the register says, "Come on, Honey. I'll take you on this one."
I unload my cart in record time, help bag my groceries, and apologize in a babbling manner to anyone with less than ten items who ends up behind me.
If there are rules or guidelines, I like to follow them.
In these days where most major publishing houses are closed to unagented submissions, I wonder how many writers play by the rules. Do you send unagented submissions or queries to editors that are closed to them? Or do you consider those publishing houses off limits until you find someone to represent you? Weigh in in the comment section.