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Slush Pile

Can You Get A Publishing Deal From A Website?

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

The 'slush pile' is the collection of unasked for, unpublished work that writers send to publishers. Wading through it is often a thankless task given...

"Slush Pile": Where Did The Words Come From?

The Awl | Jane Hu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

According to the OED, the first occurrence of "slush pile" was not in reference to what we commonly now know as unsolicited manuscripts from unheard-o...

Stephanie Meyer, Harry Potter Discovered By Accident: Any Chance You'll Be Next?

Wall Street Journal | Katherine Rosman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In 1991, a book editor at Random House pulled from the heaps of unsolicited manuscripts a novel about a murder that roils a Baltimore suburb. Written ...

The Death (and Rebirth) of the Slush Pile

Brianne Goodspeed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brianne Goodspeed

Reading a recent article about the death of the slush pile, I was struck by yet another example of how removed Big Publishing is from day-to-day humanity.