Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This has me flummoxed. As a writer and a reader of writer's blogs, what I love most about the blog community is how it assures me that I'm not alone on this often demoralizing road to publication. I love commisurating with others when yet another rejection letter comes in. Or reassuring a blog buddy whose latest "no thank you" ran more along the lines of "you have no talent and should instead be fixing cars".
We can't post about our efforts or rejections. Not really. Because you know who else reads our blogs? The editors and agents to whom we've submitted. And do we really want them knowing that Daisy Flowerhead at ABC Publishing just rejected the very manuscript they're holding in their hand? Heck no, we don't.
I've also seen some very negative twitter and blog posts from agents and editors about writers who complain on their blogs. We have plenty to complain about. The submittal process takes a long time. The 'no-response unless interested' policy kinda sucks too, however necessary it may be. And sometimes, a response is just rude. But we can't complain without incurring the wrath of the very people we're trying to impress.
So what's the answer? I don't know. What do you think?
Wouldn't it be nice to see stats from unpublished writers on submittals vs. rejections? Did they gave up subbing after 45 rejections? Or was it 13? Did they revise seven times? Or once? Oh, and who hates the six-to-eight month response period? Raise your hand--just don't put it on your blog.