What If They Won't Answer Your Emails?
Be prepared for the fact that most companies are wary of signing an agreement with someone they don't know -- or they may make you sign an agreement waiving any claims. This doesn't mean you can't trust them; just that they're suspicious of strangers. The best chance for success is to find a person at the company who will speak with you, or find a person who knows someone at the company, or find an agent who represents people in your position. It's only through these people-to-people contacts that any business will get done. There are some suggestions on how to pitch, an evaluation agreement, and an agent agreement in the book, Profit From Your Idea. As for the homemade protective measures like mailing copies to yourself, don't bother unless you enjoy the thrill of getting mail. Finally, the Dear Rich staff understands your desire to speak in current biznez lingo but 'monetizing' is inappropriate slang for making a profit. (Its actual meaning is more specific.) When making a pitch, we recommend plain English.