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.