Re: Choice A: Meh. Maybe. You might meet a few people, but I don't think it's the best bang for your buck.
Let's say a miracle happens and I land $500 to spend any way I like. If buckets of gin and/or bribes to agents such as yourself or MissSnark are out of the question, what is the best way for me to spend my$500? Should I:
a) go to a conference (and if so, which one)?
b) hold the money and pray that my book gets published, then use it on promotion?
c) hire an editor to read over/correct my ms (and if so, how do I find a good one)?
d) use it for postage and supplies because, Lord knows, I will definitely continue to need them?
e) show up on Miss Snark's door step with aforementioned bucket of gin and
doggy treats for Killer Yapp and pray for the best?
Thank you for your help!
B is not bad, but won't help you right now.
Definitely not C. Sorry to those of you who make your living this way, and believe me, I've thought about doing it a hundred million times, but I just don't think it's the best use of this snarklings' money. Your agent and editor, fingers-crossed, will most likely edit it again anyway so why pay someone else to do it again?
My pick is D. Statistically, the more people reading your mss, the more likely someone will want to represent or publish you. You gotta be in it to win it, and other vaguely sports related slogans. Maybe you could subscribe to Poets & Writers or PW to keep up with the biz. Oh, or a monthly subscription to www.publishersmarketplace.com. It's cheap and uber-useful. Ok, enough shilling. Go forth and spend your hypothetical money little snarkling.
(And just for the record, AgentC is more of a vodka girl.)
Wait wait wait. Just a darn tootin' minute here. What happened to Option E????I vote for that..and so does Killer Yapp.