Thoughts on Querying, Contests, and General Slush Aversion

I have thoughts, folks. Lots of thoughts about querying. And pitch contests. And this general feeling I've picked up on social media that newer writers are worried about this nebulous thing known as "the slush pile" and are looking for ways to to avoid being in it. Every week a new "agent" seems to pop onto the playing field, and each month there seems to be a new website to help writers "skip" the slush pile.

There's a lot going on right now in the querying world, and I have stuff to say about it. Apparently.