There are several book contracts every year secured through the Writer’s Edge service. Dozens of writers and publishers have informed us of their success since the launch of the Writer’s Edge. The actual number varies from year to year. (See our testimonials page on this website for a sample of successful authors who found a publisher through Writer’s Edge.)
The program itself is a screening service to sift and then expose manuscripts to publishers. It is not an agency for writers, nor is it a form of advertising or advocacy for the manuscripts. We are a conduit of information, a kind of pipeline to the publishers about what is available among the publishable options. Candidly: How good is your book? That will finally be the issue–not how good is Writer’s Edge on your behalf.
The credibility of Writer’s Edge with reputable publishers depends on us being picky and discriminating about the manuscripts that “make the cut.” A typical month lists several book proposals. The publishers take the reports and pursue on their own the manuscripts that interest them, but they do not have any responsibility to report back to the Writer’s Edge or pay anything to the Writer’s Edge for useful material. Some writers receive several inquiries from publishers; some receive none. Of course, there is no guarantee.
Publishers don’t “grade on the curve,” and we don’t push a book manuscript the way an agent should. We are exposing publishable material to publishers, hoping they will find something that fits their interests among the listings. For the manuscript that gets accepted, the match is perfect—one manuscript to one editor’s criteria. Some bestselling books were rejected dozens of times before they found a publisher. Bestselling author Frank Peretti was rejected more than ten times before his first book found a home.