Do you ever play slush pile drinking games with your editor friends?
Do we ever!
THE OFFICIAL RULES OF THE SLUSH PILE DRINKING GAME: Created and recreated by every small gathering of editorial assistants around the world since the dawn of time
- When the author compares their book to an international bestseller, DRINK.
- When the author makes 5 or more typos, DRINK.
- When the author sends you their entire 200,000 word manuscript, BURN IT, then DRINK.
- When the author makes a hyperbolic statement about the quality of their work, such as “You’ve never read anything like it,” or “You won’t be able to put it down,” DRINK.
- When the author wrote their query letter on a typewriter, DRINK.
- When the author hand-wrote their query letter, DRINK.
- When the author tells you how many times they’ve been rejected, choose one person in the group to take a corresponding number of shots. DRIVE THEM HOME.
- When the author misspells the editor’s name, the name of the publishing house, or gets either of these dead wrong, DRINK.
- When the author attempts to tug at your heartstrings by emphasizing their downtrodden existence or flat out begging you to publish them, POP THE CHAMPAGNE AND COMMENCE EVIL LAUGHTER.
- When the author makes unrealistic promises about their book’s sales potential, DRINK.