A photo of the decidedly undaunting St. Martin’s slush pile (a single bottom shelf), which Frances Dinklespiel posted about on her wonderful blog, Ghost Word, got me thinking. Of all the author guest posts on 1st Books, only one uses the term “slush.” But I certainly came up from the slush pile, and I expect many of the authors who have guest posted for me have as well.
The St. Martin’s photo isn’t the room packed with manuscripts many of us imagine - or that I used to imagine, anyway. Perhaps that’s in part because, as Frances writes, someone has just been through it. I suspect it’s also in part because most writers approach the publishing world through agents these days.
So I thought I’d throw in my two cents about how to get an agent on my blog, 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started. The post is a bit long for Redroom, so if you're interested, please take a look on my site. You'll see that while having writing friends - like the friends I turn to for critique or like the more formal writing group in my novel, The Wednesday Sisters - is a great asset for your writing itself and for perservering, you don't need to have connections to land an agent. You just need to have a strong manuscript! - Meg