Okay. I have this friend, see. And he is (bless his heart) determined to try to get a little book published. He tells me that he is ready to send off his manuscript (he feels so writerly when he tells me about his "manuscript" like it was the Magna Carta or something) and here's the deal:
The publisher's guidelines say "Bumpkin Publishing has an acquisitions committee, which includes several staff members. There is no specific editor to whom you can address queries or with whom you can discuss your manuscript." "Mail all submissions to the Acquisitions Committee"....etc etc.
And so, my friend's question is, on the cover letter, what goes in the salutation: Dear Members of the Acquisition Committee? Yuk, he says. Or Dear Sirs and/or Madams and/or Gender-Neutral Individuals (Not That I'm Saying There's Anything Wrong With That)?
I told him I'd ask around and see what kind of advice you writerly publishing types might suggest for the opening lines of the introduction to his... ta da... manuscript. I think it's probably best to humor him at this very vulnerable point without necessarily encouraging him too much, so any help would be appreciated.