The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, May 20, 2011, at 10:32 AM
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  • Interesting blog, and it explains quite a lot about my own reading preferences. I have an interest in history--but find historical fiction, accurately set in place and time, to be much more enjoyable than the history books I once struggled to comprehend. Now, having read the "story" in a piece of fiction, I am likely to dig around a bit in reference material. That would most likely not have worked well in history class, but it works for me now.

    -- Posted by Betty Taylor on Sun, May 22, 2011, at 12:30 AM
  • For the past 2 years I've been sending my book out and getting rejection slips that say nothing, but now this blog has helped me see what's wrong with my book. All plot and not enough story.

    Why don't publishers tell me this when they reject my novel? It would have been a huge help to me if they would just take a couple of minutes to tell me what was wrong with my book, instead of just saying no thanks.

    -- Posted by farmergirl.sp on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 6:04 AM
  • Unfortunately, publishers are so much busier now than they were a mere 20 years ago, with many more submissions being sent their way, that they don't, for the most part, take the time to give specific reasons for rejecting a book proposal.

    Most send out form rejection slips that start something like this:

    Dear Author, (no personalization)

    Thank you for your recent submission. We read it with interest, however, it's not quite right for our publishing company...

    And so on. It's not that they're heartless; they're simply overwhelmed by the huge number of submissions they receive.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 12:01 PM
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