do so many editors, slushpile readers and agents have blogs?
They seem to post endlessly about how everything they are sent is trash and how much they wish people would just stop sending them submissions.. so why even bother to be in the business?
They then proceed to lambaste people who don't take rejections well, but I can kind of understand the rejectee's point of view on that.. especially if the agent/editor/reader is as snarky in the rejection as they are on their blogs.. I won't even go into some of the truly bizarre rationals these individuals give for rejecting something. Course, I once had a teacher who didn't like how I shaped my T's and threw a temper tantrum in class over it.. Maybe her and literary agents are related some how.
I personally can't understand writing anything just for the heck of it.. you produce a product to sell it.. or at the least so other people will read it. Since if its good enough to go to all the trouble to actually write it.. then it would be logical that you would want others to read it.. so of course you are going to get angry when the gatekeeper tells you it can't be sold, and that you wasted your time and that you should just go back to working your night shift at 7/11..
So what is the purpose exactly? Is it some kind of valve with which to relieve stress? Is it to gloat and bring peoples misguided hopes to some sort of larger audience so that they can re-affirm you in your snark? With the way some of these people talk about themselves, I think its a small miracle we even have a publishing industry at all.. since everything apparently sucks and writers are all stupid.. but not as stupid as book stores, book scan.. or worst of all.. book buyers.
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