Yes, it is a mixture of talent and luck to get your story past this rather stunned, overworked lady.
I now introduce you to Writers Services (dot) com.
If you are a writer especially this is a great way to start out, and continue, and research, research, research. There are all kinds of pages with information and experiences and links and resources - it's like Christmas for writers.
And this page got me, really. It is from Andre Bernard's book Rotten Rejections: The Letters that Publishers Wish They'd Never Sent. Again, if you missed the first link to the page to read more, it is here. If anything is going to make me feel better about collecting my own
growing stack of rejections, well, it's this:
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
'an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.'
Watership Down by Richard Adams
'older children wouldn't like it because its language was too difficult.'
The Diary of Anne Frank
‘The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the “curiosity” level.’
Carrie by Stephen King
'We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.'
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
‘... overwhelmingly nauseating, even to an enlightened Freudian … the whole thing is an unsure cross between hideous reality and improbable fantasy. It often becomes a wild neurotic daydream … I recommend that it be buried under a stone for a thousand years.’
There we have it, folks! I'm not the only one!
Again, Writers Services (dot) com is amazing. Check it out!
Happy Saturday, everybody.