because we never have enough submissions…. oh, wait….

TNH posted about display sites: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/008324.html#008324 — read the comment thread herein. And, I have to agree with TNH that these sites essentially don’t work. Or at the very least, don’t work any better than the slush pile method. And add another level to the process (actually, what is with these letters showing up lately where someone has been hired to get a writer an agent?) I can’t say it better than Victoria: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2006/01/victoria-strauss-more-dubious-writers.html. And then there’s this: http://skzbrust.livejournal.com/24111.html

*eyes her own slush with both trepidation (because of height, really) and hunger (because one always hopes to find the next gem)*

And if you haven’t had enough, I also stumbled across: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2006/10/victoria-strauss-e-literaryagent.html which is basically a variation on the theme that fills me with skepticism. Exactly who in this brilliantly conceived alternate publishing model is going to do all the parts of agenting that aren’t about just getting the initial offer, because as Jane Dystel says (not, really) that’s all we do: http://dglm.blogspot.com/2006/11/jane-dystel-explains-agents-job.html.

2 responses to “because we never have enough submissions…. oh, wait….

  1. You Write On
    The frustrating thing about all of this is that Writer’s Digest actually did a short article in the Inkwell section about one of these display sites, one called You Write On, sponsored by the Arts Council England. This is one reason why I’m becoming increasingly frustrated with that magazine. I trusted the magazine, went and signed up because Writer’s Digest recommended it, and then I realized what it was really like and the quality of the critiques I was getting. So if Writer’s Digest is actually supporting something like this, it makes it difficult for people who are serious about writing to get the right information. People trust Writer’s Digest and are going to follow up on its suggestions, and they’re going to end up finding a lot of things out the hard way… Okay, I could go on and on about this, but I’ll stop now. I think I got my message across!

  2. Thanks for the great links. I hadn’t realized Writer Beware had a blog (don’t know why I didn’t check).

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