Monday, December 17, 2007

Word of the Day: YADS--veinglory

YADS=Yet Another Display Site

"Put simply, YADS stands for Yet Another Display Site. In other words, it's an idea that has been put forth numerous times over the past decade or longer on the Internet as a method for avoiding the need to obtain a literary agent. The principle idea is this: the author pays a fee to the display site while furnishing either a full or partial copy of the author's manuscript. A small portion of that manuscript is then posted on the display site with the idea being that a literary agent or publisher will be surfing the Internet, stumble across the display site, see all the wonderful writing, and stop to read."

"Manuscript display websites promise to showcase your writing to agents and editors in electronic form. Instead of printing out and snail mailing your cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters, you can display them online in a venue that agents and editors can easily visit."

"Amateur writers will put up amateur writing and receive amateur critiques—which is not a bad way to start, but they don’t need this site to do it, and there’s no reason to think that editors and agents are going to want to watch."


Anonymous said...

Yeah, as I think your post alludes, agents and editors get hundreds of queries/chapters per month; they don't need yet another display site, which means that YADSs cater mainly to writers. And I don't know about others, but I'd prefer not to be a "writers' writer"; I'd prefer readers to respect.

-Will Entrekin

L.K. Campbell said...

I'm sorry to be a cynic, but I think this is just another way to bilk money out of aspiring writers who don't know any better.

Emily Veinglory said...

That's exactly what it is.