I’m genuinely curious about what brings someone to make cold calls. I can see the general appeal: you want to break through the noise with your submission, so you figure you’ll drop an agent a line and maybe charm the pants off them. Not literally, of course. That’s an entirely different profession.
What I can’t put together is why people think it will work. Publishing loves its anecdotes. Got rejected by 40 people? The Help was rejected by even more! Think you can sell your novel off a proposal for seven figures? Why not? Charles Frazier did it!
But while I’ve never heard a story of someone cold-calling their way to a brilliant deal, it’s a process that still exists. Is this the last gasp of optimism for a very particular type of author? Has anyone else heard a success story that’s spurring these writers on?