This morning while I was eating one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast, a huge bowl of Cinnamon Oat Squares, I was perusing Facebook which actually supplies me with as much news as the Huffington Post does since I follow so many progressive publications on Facebook.
I came across this article from Salon written by Anne Bauer with a provocative headline “Sponsored by my husband” it was a good read and provided another layer into the morass that is the publishing world of rejection and acceptance. I was especially interested in the second illustration of how important it is to be connected and the old saying “it is not what you know, but who you know”.
I can see how important connections are especially when you are waiting on those literary agents; the publishing houses are fairly prompt in their response time, but the literary agents are so long in getting back to you. In their defense I suppose when you don’t have a face to put with an “anonymous” manuscript, it must be pretty easy to be harsh and hasty or take your sweet time getting back to the hopeful writer; when you are asked by someone in your circle to evaluate a potential writing talent; the objectivity is already tainted, you are exposed to your preconceived notions of the person asking you for the favor, plus you know that you are on the clock.
I thought that I would share this little nugget with the rest of you because it does give me hope and another perspective of the publishing world and I thought that it would provide you, my friends with some as well.