Email pitch results in flukey book deal

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg reports on publishers’ attitudes to emailed submissions: most ‘routinely ignore them’ but occasionally something slips through, such as the case of the Californian housewife whose email Hyperion editor-in-chief Will Schwalbe opened by accident then discovered an idea worth pursuing. Little Brown publisher Michael Pietsch is not dismissive of the idea that deals might be made via an ‘electronic slush pile’, but the belief of Grove Atlantic’s Morgan Entrekin is, I think, more typical: “Someone talented and smart enough to write a publishable book ought to be smart enough to get an agent,” he says.

Via Publishers Lunch.


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