Friday, January 15, 2010

Slush works

In August 2007 I got a cool query and a couple of sizzling first pages. I requested a partial, read it and loved it. I requested the full and LOVED it. I offered. He accepted.

I sent it out to a bunch of editors who also loved it.
I sold it.

Two years later (almost to the day that book was delivered to the editor) THE BREACH by Patrick Lee is on the NYT Bestseller extended list at #29, and hanging out on the USA Today list at #124.

Slush works.

Patrick Lee and The Breach are living, breathing, bestselling proof of that.

34 comments:

rissawrites said...

Love reading this!

Congratulations to Patrick Lee and you!

Gary Corby said...

Yay for Patrick!

Yay for Janet!

Life is good.

Shelby said...

big congrats! ok.. but what is 'slush' and how does it 'work'.. in the context of the book coming out?

Robin Becker said...

that is awesome and inspiring! Yay for slush!

Josin L. McQuein said...

But... but... this goes contrary to all of the rules.

Unpublished people never get published!

Agents don't read the slushpile!

Agents hate books (and writers, and reading)!

Editors hate books (and writers, and reading)!

No one buys books by new authors unless they're famous!

/snarky morning attitude

Congrats to both of you. Hopefully The Breach will find a nice, comfy spot on the NYT list and stay there for a long time.

Furious D said...

Congrats for you and Patrick Lee.

magolla said...

How awesome! It definitely gives one hope to keep writing and improving on the craft--that includes queries and sizzling first pages that are supported by a quality manuscript.

B. Light said...

I'm so happy for you both! Now to get my query to rise to the top of the slush pile...

Alli said...

Congrats to both of you. And thanks for sharing an uplifting story - there is hope!

 Patrick Lee said...

Thank you!!!! I still make a slushy squiiish sound when I walk. Then again this is Michigan, in January...

Still have my copy of the 2007 Guide to Literary Agents, where the amphibious assault on the slush piles began! Every step since then has been amazing.

Thanks everyone for the cool comments! This still feels surreal...

madisonwoods.wordpress.com said...

What an encouraging post! Thank you.

agoraphob said...

Congrats!

HOPE.

SarannaDeWylde said...

It's always encouraging to hear stories like that!

Congrats!

Joanne Levy said...

HUGE congrats to you both! I love hearing these stories.

Rebecca Knight said...

Thank you for this, Janet :). Congrats to you and Patrick!!

What an awesome success story!

Deb Vlock said...

Such fantastic news! Congrats to you both! :)

Margaret Yang said...

I just LOVE a happy ending!

Kristi said...

Congrats and yay for the slush pile!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

*Smiling*

JS said...

Congratulations, Patrick! Great cover and great blurb. I look forward to reading your book.

jennybent said...

YAY. CONGRATS Janet. Love you!
Jenny

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

This is so wonderfully refreshing after reading the Wall Street Journal's "Death of the Slush Pile."
Huge thanks to Janet and Patrick for an uplifting morning.

Colette said...

Oh this looks like my kind of book!

Linda Rader said...

I read the first page on Amazon. It is a hot novel. You were right about it.

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Congrats to you and Patrick!

daybydaywriter said...

That's awesome! Congratulations to you both.

Maria said...

Congrats, happy news all around!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Woohoo! Congrats to you both! LOVE the cover :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Doncha just love it! When a thing is right, it's RIGHT! Congrats.

McKoala said...

I am so into the slushpile.

Steve Stubbs said...

Congratulations. From what reviewers are saying about it, it is guaranteed to become a movie and make you and the author rich.

Which makes me wonder: you are going to keep blogging after you become rich, aren't you?

Keith Popely said...

Janet, how it this considered "slush" is you requested his manuscript? If a book that goes through the query/manuscript request/agent sale process is considered slush, then what is not considered slush?
Thanks very much.

Judith said...

Blogging Works! I read this & was in Denver's Tattered Cover today, browsing & picked up The Breach. I skipped around, reading a few pages here & there and, based on that and your recommendation, I bought the last copy.

I do like thrillers but I don't know that this would have jumped out at me if I hadn't seen it mentioned on this blog.

Congrats to Patrick & Janet.

Crystal Posey said...

*sigh* That cover.