Outsourcing the slush pile.

/Outsourcing the slush pile.

I remember having a conversation a while back with my then-not-yet agent about the idea of using self-pub as a sort of “crowdsourced slush pile”. Of course, this being the internet and all, a comment said in jest becomes an article on Writer Beware not long after.

There’s definitely a bandwagon to be jumped on here. But… I’m not sure this is it.

2018-06-26T13:22:40+00:0019th February, 2014|Tags: agents, books, publishing|


  1. cavegirlmba 19th February, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Good thought. So you did not go down that route at all?

    • Alis 19th February, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      You mean self-pub? No need; I got my agent the old fashioned way (i.e. cold queries through her slush pile).

      Picking cream off the indie bestseller lists is good for agents/publishers, but it’s like saying lotto wins are good for yacht salesmen. Not helpful to all the thousands of people who didn’t get the big prizes, in other words.

      • cavegirlmba 21st February, 2014 at 1:02 am

        Fabulous comparison, especially the one with the yacht salesmen!

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