Next Saturday I'll be babbling about queries and synopses....yup, you in the slushie slush and how to get noticed, pluck out and garner a request for your full manuscript.
Slush is a great thing. I have found many of my clients through the slush. While publishing is a business of who you know (ie, editors) and knowing what they want (ie. editors' preferences for genre, topic, voice, etc.), that is the agent's game. No editor buys a book because they like you or they like your agent. They buy a book because they LOVE the book and see the potential for it to sell through to paying customers.
I believe the best strategy for writers is to write the best darn book you can. Then go query agents and let them find your ms a home.
Yes, there are publishers who still read slush. And when you go to conferences, you can send your ms to the faculty editor who hopefully is looking for the type of book you write. But in general, most writers look for agents since your job is to write an amazing book, and the agent's job is to sell said book.
Well, I need go go write something brilliant to say to the slushies on Saturday, but I will leave you with some great links since I know must of you will not be flying to LA for this one-day conference. Enjoy!
- Editorial Anonymous' To Boldly Give Advice No Man Has Given Before
- Scholastic/Arthur Levine Editor Cheryl Klein's Nine Questions & Answers -see question 2
- Peachtree's Where Do Your Manuscripts Go? (And Other Fun Facts)
- Little, Brown Editor Alvina Ling's Publishing by Committee
- The Intern's Publishing Process Part 1.5: Editorial Meetings
- 9 POV's on How to Write a Query Letter
- And if you are querying me, please read: A quick note about queries & How I read a query.