An addendum to Sandra’s post
January 16, 2010 | Written by admin
I'm going to add a coda to what Sandra wrote… One reader wrote to us and argued, "You CAN do something about it. How would you feel if those of us who read this blog would just dump it in our slush pile and get around to it in a couple years? Do unto others, my dear. I just dumped chipmacgregor.com into my slush pile."
Um… here's my response: That's a stupid comment. It suggests we OWE the writer something. You're a writer, I'm an agent, and therefore I owe you a reading. That's just not true. This is a business, and I'll read the writers I think have a potential to do a good job, sell books, and make money. This is not a free editorial service or career guidance office. So put away the thoughts of entitlement and grow up already.
Look, if you read this blog regularly, you probably profit from it. I offer three decades of experience, and I give it away for free on my blog. But do you notice I've never monetized this site? I don't make any money from it. I'm full up with authors, so I don't use it as a recruitment tool. I use this blog to give back to people, since experienced folks invested in me when I was starting. That doesn't make me a hero, but neither does it make me a villain just because I don't give someone what they want.
So…you may want us to read faster, or to get to your proposal in the slush pile, but your wanting it doesn't make it my priority. We're doing the best we can to discover great writers and help them become successful in the industry, and we've got a long track record of succeeding at that task. This blog is a way to try and share some of the experience, for free, with writers. If that's not good enough for the writer of that email… um… I guess you can toss us into your slush pile. I won't lose any sleep.
Oh — and we DO have a reader, by the way, who helps us work through the slush pile. Amanda is my assistant, and she's GREAT at spotting talent!