What’s Lurking in That Desk Drawer?
The more I read pieces like these, the more I get disturbed as both a reader and a writer. How many awesome books are out there, just sitting in a drawer or in a box or attic, covered in dust and rejection letters, just waiting to be published to future acclaim? What if the next Hemingway or Buck or Fitzgerald is just hiding out, waiting to be discovered? And, how many of these books, if they were published, would have given others inspiration for even more great ideas and other cool books?
Are publishers out of reach with their audiences, or is something else going on out there where the world just says no to say no, when in fact, we should all be saying yes…? Why not let the market bear the winners and the losers, rather than the gatekeepers telling us what we think we should like.
Maybe I should start a publishing company, where all awesome books are welcome! (Now, if I just had the time…)
ps – someone responded to this post and asked about self publishing. ALL FIVE of my books have been published by a self publisher….so I really have nothing to compare it to. Bluntly, I think if you are truly passionate about what you’re writing, shopping for a traditional publisher is a big waste of time. Getting your message out into the world on your own timeline in your own way I think is the best way to go. Why wait for permission from someone else who doesn’t care as much about your book as you do to publish???