Do you have a manuscript that's crying out to be published? Have you had trouble finding an agent or publisher? Don't give up hope.
Go to work for Borders Bookstores.
On Monday, Borders Group issued a press release saying:
Borders Group is holding a fiction writing contest open to all employees in Borders and Waldenbooks stores, the distribution centers and the company's corporate office. Employee authors are eligible to submit manuscripts appealing to readers in any of the fiction categories. At least one employee whose title is selected as the winner by a panel of judges at the corporate office will be awarded a book deal including the full support of Borders merchandising and marketing arsenal.
The press release goes on to say:
Borders' first exclusive and proprietary novel, "Slip & Fall" by Nick Santora, was released in June and has since reached bestseller lists at "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Boston Globe," and was named as a top summer read by "USA Today."
Get yourself a part-time job at Borders and check the rules for submitting. You have until January 31, 2008 to submit the manuscript.