Well, that’s depressing, but all artists, all writers, must deal with it at one time or another. Maybe all the time or at least it feels that way. The added problem is that rejection triggers me and other writers I know with old echoes of rejection, humiliation, etc. from childhood. Probably true for most writers because of the reasons we started writing in the first place. I can at least report that as your skin thickens and you maintain the attitude that it is fuel to propel you forward, it hurts and resonates less.
William Goldman famously said about movie making, Nobody knows anything, and I think to a degree that holds true for books. The agents and publishers are bright hard-working people, but no one knows for sure what’s going to sell, let alone catch fire, especially in fiction. Sometimes we have to fan our own flames, twirl our own sticks together on a little pile of kindling in the dark and see what happens. Any one agent or publisher (or review for that matter) is not worth the time or emotion to be devastated. But it still stings.
We are spiritual sharks. We must keep moving forward to live. UPDATE: Leonard Chang has some thoughts on that
My friend and mentor, Rob Roberge has a new piece up at THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN on the ups and downs of publishing, including his experience with having his book cancelled. And yet there’s reason for hope. Go read it, especially for the reality check on how long it takes to get a book out.
Also, please check out the latest at ANNOTATION NATION.
p.s. the image will make sense if you read about Rob’s upcoming book (though it’s not their logo)
Something to think about over the weekend: Dialog is people saying no to each other in interesting ways. It is about people talking, but can often be about people not communicating (thanks to Rob Roberge)
The Book Publicity Blog makes the case for authors not approaching show producers on their own.
Pamela Dorman discusses her imprint at Penguin.
A number of authors are addressing themes of loneliness, including Paolo Giordano in The Solitude of Prime Numbers, a book getting a lot of buzz.
For awhile now, there’s been a murmuring in the background about onsite printing presses. Imagine walking into your local bookstore , ordering your book and it’s printed up for you on the spot. Harvard’s trying it. As is the Northshire Bookstore in Vermont. Now, rare books will become more readily available thanks to the Espresso Book Machine