About three years ago, on a sunny afternoon like today, I sat in a garden in the centre of Amsterdam and studied the slush pile of publishing house Prometheus/Bert Bakker. I was an editorial assistant at the time, and no manuscript ended up on the rejection pile after being judged by me alone.
One can honestly say that publishers take their slush pile very seriously in The Netherlands. But then again, the Dutch book industry is so different from the British one! I was on the London Book Fair yesterday, where a Dutch editor told me that there's exactly one literary agency in Holland!
Knowing that the Dutch editors actually read all unsolicited manuscripts, I suppose there's no real need for aspiring authors in Holland to send their manuscripts to Sebes & Van Gelderen Literair Agentschap.
Or do you think it's just a matter of time before the Dutch market changes as well?