At 03:14 PM 8/1/03 -0700, David B wrote:
> Bottom line: you don't need an agent to get an editor to buy your book, and
> A _good_
> agent can tell you what sorts of things editors, and which editors, are
> But an agent's main function is to negotiate the contract, after
> To try to sell a book,
> send it to editors, who keep insisting they're looking for good stuff in
> the slushpiles.
Surely SFWA knows that the number of editors who will read unagented first
novels is very low. The last time I looked there were three major
publishers in the sf/f field who would do so. This is one reason people go
to the larger sf cons; they hope to meet an editor and get permission to
send that person a manuscript. I've heard of people who went ahead and
sent their ms to publishers who said they wouldn't read them and did get a
reading after all. I sure wouldn't count on that.
I wish Mary's friend's relative tons of luck--he'll need it.