05-29-2012 01:00 PM - edited 05-29-2012 01:00 PM
I see the self-pub book blogger as volunteering to take on the role of an editorial intern. They're effectively reading slush...
Mountains and mountains of slush, growing geometrically. I don't see how anyone can even make a start on it. There has to be some sort of filter before you start, but what would that filter be? Somewhere in that slush pile may be the next Hemingway, but you know that most of it would get an F in an 8th-grade creative writing course.
One of the book bloggers that does read self-pub has a "strikes" policy. I think the author gets ten of them, and she will keep reading until she finds ten flaws. Of course, it doesn't take her very long for most of the books she sees.
I think if I were going to do this, I'd probably do it the way a lot of editors and agents do. Start with the first line and stop when you're unhappy. A lot of slush is tossed on the first page. More is tossed after the first five pages. And that's not even counting the query letter. Screw that up and the editor/agent isn't even going to read the first line of the MS.
And of course, I'd only read stuff that was either free, sent to me free, or had free sample. There's not a snowball's chance I'd pay to read slush.
05-29-2012 04:04 PM
I think if I were going to do this, I'd probably do it the way a lot of editors and agents do. Start with the first line and stop when you're unhappy...
I'm reminded of Zero Mostel in The Producers, working his way through the slush pile and starting to read, "One morning Gregor Samsa awoke to discover he had been turned into a giant..."