Sunday, January 08, 2006

Is there any hope?

London’s Sunday Times tried a little test (more about it here too). They typed up the first chapter of two Booker prize-winning novels, including one written by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and sent them off to agents and publishers. Out of 21 submissions, only one received a bite. Everyone else rejected them outright. Rejection letters spoke of a lack of enthusiasm for the works. Having received a rejection letter or two in my time, I wonder if there is any hope at all for new writers. This test has been tried before. When writer Chuck Ross typed up National Book Award winner Steps by Jerzy Kosinski, it got rejected by every publisher it was submitted to, including the one that originally published Kosinski’s novel. Stephen King got rejected lots of times, so did J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Yann Martel's Life Of Pi was rejected by numerous publishers. It all seems kind of hopeless for writers starting out. Ah well, the more rejections, the better the story once I win the Giller and the GG and the Winterset and, what the heck, the Nobel Prize. Sure, b’y.


At 11:37 PM, Blogger towniebastard said...

Neil Gaiman has a fairly interesting rebutal to that argument that I kind of have to agree with. Maybe the book publishers simply recognized what was being submitted was obviously plagerized. That's why it was rejected.

Go to this link to read more:

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

Interesting take. Thanks.


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