Things that make you go, “Huh?”

One reason why the publishing industry confuses and confounds me:

This Market Update appeared in the March issue of my RWA magazine:St. Martin’s Press changes to “currently seeking”: We’d love to find more contemporary romantic comedies, maybe even a fabulous western historical romance. But we’re open to anything as long as the reading experience is so intense that the words fall away and it becomes a movie in your mind. Finding new authors is a joy and a thrill for us. We don’t buy according to “trends.” Trends get over-published very quickly. We buy authors for the long-term. We buy authors for their own, unique voice. We don’t have guidelines or tip sheets–the best way to publish with us is to write a book that you love and would want to read. And remember, try to go for the emotional jugular: really funny, or really sexy, or really scary, or really tear jerking. We’re waiting to fall in love.

This appeared on St. Martin’s website:

  • St. Martin’s Press, Picador, and Minotaur Books do not accept any unsolicited material. To find a literary agent and other industry information, please visit Literary Market Place Online.

So, they’re waiting to fall in love with me, but only if I have a literary agent? Sounds like a biblio-ménage à trois to me.

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5 thoughts on “Things that make you go, “Huh?”

  1. How funny, Christa. There’s always that Catch 22, huh? I didn’t know you’re looking for an agent. Start with Chip first. My plan is to sell the book FIRST then hopefully grab hold of the agent. 🙂 Of course, you’ve got WF to market & that’s tough. I’ve got a fluffy little romance. 🙂

    Talk about BS in the writing/publishing world: do you REALLY think an agent works for YOU? If so, why can’t you just HIRE one? The way you do a realtor to sell you a house? arghhhhh
    Makes me mad just thinking about it. Realistically, WE work for THEM.

  2. P.S. You’ve been messing with your header again. What’s goine on? I miss the flower — that sort of looks like my . . . garage door?
    jess 🙂

  3. Well, girlie… now that you’ve removed the garage door… my comment sounds really mean, doesn’t it? Okay… like the fall colors. 🙂 And your site is VERY attractive. So, you’re a member of TWV2? Good for you!

    DH is landing at 4:20. I’ll be scarce …
    When is your Spring break?

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