On one hand, I realize Barbour has a reputation for being one of the few publishers willing to review non-agented and unsolicited fiction proposals. And I truly sympathize with pre-published authors and their quest to find anyone willing to give their work a fair review and possibly invest in publishing their literary baby. I've been on the writer's side of the page and I know how frustrating the expedition to find a publisher can be.
But I also have an obligation to provide Barbour the best possible stewardship of my time. After I've waded through a stack of off-the-mark proposals, I'm questioning the investment of time and resources involved in reviewing these unusable projects when I've got other tasks screaming for attention.
While I reserve the right to make the final decision, I am very open to advice. If you were to objectively view the pros and cons of an open submission policy versus an agent-only policy, which would you choose?
Ah, back to stacks. . .