April 18, 2007 6:26am CST
does anyone know any publishers who are taking in unsolicited manuscripts (preferably in australia, preferably for young adult)?
• United States
19 May 07
There are always a few publishers out there that will accept your manuscript unsolicited and let it sit on a slush pile. There it will sit until the editors get bored and need someone to make fun of. They'll then pick up your manuscript that you slaved over and tear it apart, possibly even make paper airplanes out of the pages or at least the cover page. Yeah that may sound harsh, but it is the truth. I used to work for a literary agency and that is what the agents did. The unsolicited route is sooooo hard. I wouldn't count on getting anywhere that way. Instead, do some on-line research of authors that are in a similar vein as your work. Find out who they have for an agent and write them a query letter. Say, Mr. Agent I have noticed that you represent Joe Bloe writer. I have always enjoyed their work and have been inspired to write my own (Insert description of work) and would be thrilled to send it to you for your review. Then proceed with your normal query stuff. By doing research on the agent, you know they know how to sell your type of work because they have done so for someone else. By mentioning that author you show that you are serious and have targeted this agent because you know they are qualified. It isn't an endorsement or recommendation from the author, but at least it is a reference point for the agent to take you more seriously. Good Luck, and don't give up. Just Give up on slush.