As I mentioned in my last blog, I really do look at the glass and see it half-full. There have been many a fabulous story told of an author who self-published and then later had the book picked up by a traditional house. (I think Laurie Notaro and Christopher Paolini come to mind.)
Remember, those stories are amazing because they don’t actually happen often.
Still, I’m an optimist, which is why I’m one of the 18 agents who signed up to receive the information concerning the Needle awards by POD-DY MOUTH.
I do want you to know that I have yet to take on an author via this medium. I didn’t keep exact stats but over the course of 4 years (my agency opened in 2002), I’ve probably considered about 50 or 60 self-published books. Peanuts really.
2 books came close as I read more of them than I normally would. Ultimately I passed because even though I liked the writing, both stories were outside the realm of what I do.
5 books had average writing
For the rest, the writing was terrible. In fact, I contemplated writing each author a nice note suggesting they engage the skills of an English Teacher for any future writing they might consider.
All had bad covers.
Still, I’m optimistic.
The ground rules still apply. Please don’t send me your self-published book without querying me first. (I’ve received at least 5 books in the mail that didn’t even have a cover letter attached to the book. Those got pitched.)
If you do send it, it’s the only thing I request that you include an SASE with so the book can be returned in the event I can’t get past the first page. You paid for these books. Please let me, at the very least, return them to you.