Diamond in the Slush is the place to go for aspiring fiction authors to learn about polishing manuscripts, querying agents, and entering the publishing world. It is also a resource for publishing professionals hoping to learn more about this side of the industry.

Diamond in the Slush is an award-winning site, recipient of the first prize for Best Graduate Student Publishing Project at Emerson College, spring 2017.

My name is Emily Neiss. I have almost two years of experience studying the publishing industry and working for a literary agent (who specializes in young-adult and middle-grade fiction). I am pursuing a Master of Arts degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Creighton University. I have been reading for as long as I can remember, writing for nearly fifteen years, and editing in a professional capacity for nearly five years.

I hope to bring my insider knowledge to authors through this site. Although I cannot personally read manuscript excerpts, Diamond in the Slush positions itself as a great resource to help authors continue to improve their writing and querying, among other goals. I aspire to help new authors learn and grow along their journey to publication.