*Meeting editor at the publisher earlier today*
Me: I’ve finished writing my first book.
Editor: That’s great. You can email me two sample chapters and the contents page, we will look through it and get back to you whether we decide to publish your book or not within 2 weeks time.
Me: Erm…my book is called breaking all the rules. There are no chapters and no contents. Can I just email some sample pages?
Editor: We’ve been doing this for the past 10 years. All our books have contents and chapters.
Me: Ok then. Nice meeting you (thinking to myself, maybe I should just self-publish). — feeling like breaking the stupid rules.