Run Do Not Walk!
Gerard Jones wrote a coming of age book set in 1960s San Francisco and in order to attract a major publisher, he sent it to "everone whos anyone" in the publishing industry. He lists all the people he's sent it too, and their responses. Amazingly, he got a lot of well known names to read it and respond and reading the responses and his responses to the responses is absolutely priceless. Jones has a lot of confidence in his book which is a good thing up to a point, but when you begin to believe that you've got the great unpublished novel in your hands, you're headed for the cliff, and it certainly shows in his comments. While most people would tread gingerly as if they are walking on glass, Jones goes back at the agents and publishers virtually full tilt and it makes for some fascinating exchanges. His style is not exactly good at winning friends and influencing people though. If every agent and publisher were courted in this manner, they'd be hunkering down in fallout proof bomb shelters.
Warning: you might have to spend a little time trying to figure out exactly what is going on at this website, but believe me it is time well spent. Before you try to figure out what is going on, I suggest you click on "United States Literary Agents." Scroll down to where the list starts with the agents for ICM and start enjoying this madness. You can go back later and read the introductory stuff. If you do it the other way, you may not stick with it long enough to get to the best part -- the responses from the agents and publishers. Note: not surprisingly, some of the respondents were none too happy that their comments were published, so beginning with his submissions to movie types, he is not publishing their responses on the website, but is publishing his responses to their responses. A wee bit disappointing, but fun nonetheless.
The author has also written something with the unlikely title of Ophra Wimsfree and the Mayonnaise Man which he is also trying to promote. I've already been to this site several times and can't believe it. I guarantee you're going to love it!!!