Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Reason to Avoid Unsolicited Submissions

Jessica Faust at Bookends wrote about Agents Getting Preferential Reads. In the blog post, she described why agents don't resubmit to an imprint an author has already sent a submission to and been rejected.

To quote that part of the post:

If you send your manuscript to Joe Dell at Bantam and he rejects it, I have no real idea what process the book went through. Did Joe simply read it himself and reject it? Did he pass it on to an assistant who rejected it or did he pass it on to a freelance reader who rejected it for him? Or, did Joe like the book enough to bring it up at an editorial board meeting, get second reads, and ultimately reject it based on the decisions/opinions of his peers? Even if I think the book would be better for Jill Bantam at Bantam, I can’t go over Joe’s head (even if Jill is Joe’s superior and even if Joe had a reader reject it for him).

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