The Dreaded Slush Pile
Two popular terms among authors and readers make me cringe every time I see them—which is much too frequently. There are some very strong opinions about this subject, too.
- slush pile
These terms generally refer to the ‘worst’ of the books, but this definition by itself creates some problems.
- There is more than one way to define the word ‘worst.’ Do you mean editing, subject matter, sales rank, very short books, web content disguised as books, or something else entirely?
- Thus, some authors take this the wrong way. “Are you talking about my book?”
Any one of these things, by itself, doesn’t necessarily make a book bad:
- Maybe an author has a fantastic story, but on a low budget, chose not to invest in an editor without knowing if the book would sell. Given a choice, I’d rather have a great story that needs editing…
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