Ms. McMaster Bujold, Mr. Hines, and countless others made it from the slush pile; without an agent.
I've had brunch with Ms. McMaster Bujold (she lives near me) and i'm not going to lie, she's amazeballs.
I don't know, i'm not impressed by this site. I totally agree that the scrolling home page is ridiculous. But that's just one aspect that i can overlook. When i click on the "about us" section it states:
"As the entire publishing industry undergoes huge shifts, we recognize a need for a literary "home" - a place to find answers to questions, interact with experts, colleagues and peers through forums and live chats, create your own blog, boost your social media presence, and learn from numerous workshops and seminars"
I'm just really not impressed by that at all, especially since there are free and better established alternative to almost everything on that list.
I can pay to start a blog? My free blogger blog is 2 years old and has over 400 followers.
Want to interact with peeps in the business (agents, publishers, authors)? twitter has really cornered the market on that.
Need questions answered? I just use the googles or check agent blogs.
Forums? I love the QT forum, and AW really can't be beat for depth of information.
Boost my social media presence? The way to do that is, to, you know, actually use social media.
I don't know. $130 for a year seems so overpriced to me. Hell, i'm hitting two conferences this year where i can actually have lunch and speak with industry professionals, as well as get my MS professionally critiqued and they're costing me about $80 together.
Eh, it just seems like a lot of money for things you can do for free or for less money. Your mileage may vary, of course