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    Saturday, December 31, 2005

    Take Heart: Anyone out there who is trying to become a published author, don't let the rejections get you down. Publishers don't even accept books that have won prizes:

    Publishers and agents have rejected two Booker prize-winning novels submitted as works by aspiring authors.

    One of the books considered unworthy by the publishing industry was by V S Naipaul, one of Britain’s greatest living writers, who won the Nobel prize for literature.

    The exercise by The Sunday Times draws attention to concerns that the industry has become incapable of spotting genuine literary talent.

    Typed manuscripts of the opening chapters of Naipaul’s In a Free State and a second novel, Holiday, by Stanley Middleton, were sent to 20 publishers and agents.

    None appears to have recognised them as Booker prizewinners from the 1970s that were lauded as British novel writing at its best. Of the 21 replies, all but one were rejections.


    Of course, the converse of this is that Stanley Middleton and V.S. Naipaul could submit the worst nonesense under their own names and get published. Doris Lessing could tell you a thing or two about that.
     

    posted by Sydney on 12/31/2005 07:20:00 PM 2 comments

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    Weird... Don't you have to read any books before you're employed by a publisher?

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