Publishers

Christ. Is it just me or are almost all of the cool publishers of experimental or innovative fiction closed to submissions? I mean, what the hell? I have three manuscripts and two novels in progress that no one will have the chance to reject.

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  1. I looked at through alot of publishers there, and apparently they are “overwhelmed” by submissions.
    Apart from Marion Boyars, who publish Hubert Selby novels.

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  2. But even those guys require you have an agent.

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  3. You know, even the more successful writers being published in the “indepentent presses” still don’t make a living from it. I mean a good seller sells maybe a thousand copies, a great seller, 10,000 or so. But to have a great seller, you’ve got to be one of those people who do readings and all that shit, Then one day, you’re not a writer at all, you’re a salesman, with no time to write.
    I dunno, man – that sounds like a job. No real writer wants another job,

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    • I think you’re being overly pessimistic. And I think because of Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other outlets, ten thousand sold copies is an achieveable target.
      And if you do a reading you’re not being a salesman at all, you’re simply reading from something you’ve made and worked on and you’re proud of. An author want go door-to-door trying to flog their book. Only people interested in you wiil turn up at a reading, making the reading its self a place for readers to interact in a better environment with the authors they like. I doubt people like salesman badgering on at them.
      Also the owe of seeing an author in person is more exciting than a seller with a sink cleaner or dry wipes or whatever.
      An author is reading from something he created, the salesman is flogging something he didn’t create.
      I’m tired now.

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      • Just half drunk & shit-talking. Don’t listen to me.

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    • I don’t think I’ll ever make a living, but I love being read…

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