For anyone who has tried the traditional publishing route: Did you mention your blog in your query letters?
I know mine wouldn’t be any solid proof that there is a market for my work (although I think there is), but it does give examples of my other work and my writing style. Or would this put off a literary agent or publisher?
Part of the problem is is that I don’t have an extensive publishing history yet. I’ve had one short story published in the Barbaric Yawp, but that’s it.
Through my research so far I’ve also realized that “unsolicited” doesn’t necessarily mean they only accept queries directly from the literary agency, although these often go hand-in-hand. Unsolicited seems to just imply that you should write the query letter first and not send them the entire manuscript.