- I heard that slush piles really got tightened up after the anthrax scare in the wake of 9-11. It gave people a good excuse not to look at their slush.
- I think you still can get plucked out of the slush with younger children's books.
- And Mark Keating’s debut historical adventure novel, The Pirate Devlin, was discovered in the slush pile in England; U.K. and U.S. rights sold.
- And I saw this about another English author, although it sounds like it was plucked from an agent's slush, not a publisher's slush: "Sue Fletcher at Hodder & Stoughton has paid £800,000 for five novels from a debut thriller writer whose manuscript was rescued from the slush pile.... The deal was done with Luigi Bonomi at LBA. The first title, Dead Man's Dust, will be published by in hardcover in June 2009 with subsequent novels published at six-monthly intervals. Hilton has been a serving Cumbrian police constable for the last four years. His manuscript was plucked from the LBA slush pile by Bonomi's wife, "an obsessive thriller reader"."
Here's the rest of the article.
Do you know any recent slush pile stories?