A dozen publishers and more than 100 literary agents rejected (The Mill River Recluse).
It has sold more than 400,000 copies and landed on the best-seller lists.
There’s also Amanda Hocking (Toronto Star article).
She kept writing, kept sending query letters to publishers, and kept getting nothing but rejection letters back.
After “Switch” was turned down (which has become her best-selling book, she says), Hocking looked into self-publishing.
What’s right with this picture? 😉
By (5-10 years from now), the majority of authors will be likely to e-publish their manuscripts immediately after the traditional publishing industry’s first rejection. Revisions of manuscripts just to fit the ever-changing whims of agents and traditional publishing will increasingly be seen as a waste of time and effort. The implications of this sea change are staggering.
The next watershed event (and this will be epic): Someone will sell 500,000+ e-books without ever having submitted the novel to anyone in the traditional publishing industry.
I can just picture this author quoted as saying, “Why bother? They would have just rejected it anyway!” 😆
Said event would reach whole-new-level epic status if the author sells the motion picture rights and the title becomes a hit movie! 😈
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