February 27th, 2003

me 2011

I take it you missed the memo...

You'd think that it'd be pretty obvious that it takes a lot of effort to get a novel or short story or book of poetry published these days. Especially to a writer on the internet. Publishing and submission guides at your fingertips, clear evidence of the massive competition (you can't hit two links without bumping into an aspiring writer around here), and that on top of all the non-virtual resources for writers. It'd be darn near impossible for anyone to want to get published and not discover these things simply by having their eyes open.

Apparently, there are a whole bunch of people surfing the internet asleep. That, or, if this site is any indication, using a blindfold as a fashion accessory.

I stumbled across the site while doing some writing related research, and skimmed it out of curiosity. I think you can guess that there are far more "writers seeking publishers" than "publishers seeking writers". Most of them may as well list their e-mail addy as amateur@clueless.com. The samples of work offered range from adverb-loaded, punctuation-deprived prose to the sort of simplistic, abstract-laden poetry my former English teacher would gleefully have labeled "doggerel". At least those people saw fit to provide some evidence that they'd actually written something. The vast majority seemed to think that merely babbling on about how amazing and unique their novel or poetry book was would be enough to convince someone to look at it, let alone publish it. My personal favourite is the guy who goes on for a long paragraph about his spectacular horror books, in all-caps no less, and ends with the statement "I'll make you ritch".

It's not the wasting of time or the lack of effort or the naive misguidedness that baffles me. Nah. What gets me is their presumption in assuming that some publisher is going to shell out thousands and thousands of dollars to release and promote their "amazing" work, when they can't even pitch in a stamp and an envelope to send out a proper query letter. You may as well spit in the driver's face as you ask him for a free ride.

I guess they'd prefer to sacrifice the chance of getting published to the god of No Rejection Letters. *looks at her own sizable collection* Which is kind of silly, 'cause you know, they're really not that bad.

If anyone knows anyone who managed to get anything published by posting on a page like that, I'd be very curious to know about it.