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Best Practice Makes Perfect

A collaboration with Domino developers about how to do it and how to get it right in Domino

I'm trying to find an agent to help me sell my second novel (meanwhile I'm doing a little refitting on the first). In case anyone's interested to read some of it online, the first few chapters of The Goodnight Agency are available here (I use a pseudonym to keep my potential fiction audience distinct from my technical publications).

The site it's on, "," is kind of interesting. A lot of publishers have done away with their "slushpiles" and are only taking agented submissions. Harper Collins is doing something a little different. Apparently they too let all their slush readers go, but instead of relying totally on agents, they have the people who submit unsolicited manuscripts to them, do their slush reading.

If you go to this website, you can read however much of their manuscripts people choose to upload, and if you register, you can also "back" or comment on books you like, establishing a ranking among the uploaded works. Periodically, the editors will review whichever entries are at the top of the heap at that time, and make offers for any they like. It's an interesting system, though the rankings seem to be influenced more than a little by how willing people are to do horse-trading for points.

You don't actually have to upload a manuscript yourself, to sign up and vote for others' work, so if a writer has an existing audience, say from their blog or something, those folks could potentially register on the site and give the writer's work a boost. Only if they actually liked it, of course.

Andre Guirard | 3 February 2010 01:48:02 PM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (1)


1) Kindle
Flemming Riis | 2/3/2010 4:46:54 PM

couldnt Kindle Self Publishing portal be worth a try ?

2) Self publishing isn’t a form of publishing.
Andre Guirard | 2/3/2010 7:19:48 PM

See, for instance, { Link }

I want to write. Selling is not the fun part for me.

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