By: Ruth Harris
I'm an Amazon #1 and million-copy NYT bestselling author published by Random House, Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s. I was also an editor for over 20 years. I worked at Macmillan, Dell and Bantam and for a small but thriving independent paperback house, now defunct—not because of me. :-) I was also the Publisher of Kensington.
I’ve been the rejector and the
rejectee which means rejection is a subject I know a
So let me cut rejection down to size.
Manuscripts get rejected; not writers.
It's business and (most of the time) it's not personal.
The reasons for rejection start with the basics, i.e.
the ms. sucks. Author can't
format/spell/doesn’t know grammar or punctuation. S/he is clueless about
narrative, characterization, plotting, pacing, and can’t write dialogue. S/he
has apparently never heard of paragraphing and writes endlessly long,
meandering, incoherent sentences that ramble on like poison ivy. You cannot
believe the grotesqueries I encountered during my days in the slush pile.
Sometimes, though, the ms.
Staff editors, these days, are greatly overworked and overwhelmed. They don't have the time (or, if they are just starting out in the business, even the knowledge or experience) to edit the ms.
into publishable shape. These days quality
editing is the author’s (or the agent’s) responsibility.
Occasionally, other hazards present themselves...
Rejections come for unexpected reasons: True Story #1
. . .
Read the full article HERE!
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