Friday, January 25, 2008

Coming Soon --Your Book Here

I'm thinking of starting a little Happy Book & Story Corner on LROD. Maybe you'd like to participate. Are you promoting a book you've recently published? Do you have a little story about overcoming rejection you'd like to share? Would you consider publishing a snippet of fiction or creative nonfiction you finally got published, so we can praise you here and discuss how crazy anyone was ever to reject you? If so, send a note to writerrejected at aol dot com. We'll see how it goes.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to say it, but I think your idea will result in a bunch of stuff being accumulated at your site that no one reads.
But -- how about publishing creative stuff that relates to your topic? You already give people's true accounts of their experiences. How about parodies, satire, etc. of the world of editors and publishers. It's fertile ground for humor. I think people would read this sort of thing. People like to get a laugh at the expense of their oppressors.
And writers can show of their Swiftian talent.

Writer, Rejected said...

Interesting. I like your idea. But why do you think mine will result in crap? Wouldn't you want to read a book by someone who has overcome rejection? Maybe not.

Anonymous said...

I didn't say it would be crap. But the sad fact for us writers is that few want to read our work (certainly editors don't). And, sorry, that won't change if it appears on your blog.
I've resigned myself to being "undiscovered" (no major loss to the world, though I think I've done a lot of good to very good work). I spare even family or friends my now-dormant ambitions.
I read all the time, but life is short. When I dip into what's being written today I find it not worth my time. So I read dead people.
However -- satire of the Literary Establishment: funny, biting and concise -- would interest me. It would be on topic, for this blog is a venting against the status quo (one in which you use humor very well; you hit just the right tone). In this format writers can show off their talents with a scalpel.

Writer, Rejected said...

Write something, and I'll publish it here. But you have to call yourself something better than Anonymous. That's the only requirement. We can't have you languishing this way and remaining undiscovered. It's too sad. Send to me at writerrejected at aol dot com.

I have to respectfully resist the notion that no one wants to read our stuff.

Anonymous said...

In my two posts above I expressed a number of things. I have doubts about your project and I suggested a variation. I'm cynical about people's reading habits (and the desire of writers to support one another). I'm cynical about editors' ability to discriminate between what's very good, good, mediocre and bad; I think they publish on the basis of contacts and credentials. I have opted out of the whole thing, and I entertain myself, as Anonymous, by using your blog -- which is the mother lode of anonymity -- to take pot shots at the establishment.
Actually, what you wrote in "ABOUT ME" applies to me. Except I've moved into resignation. (It is all vanity, you know.)
Nowhere in my posts did I make a plea to be discovered (as if I would be, at "writer, rejected"). However, I would send in, as Anonymous, the type of satirical pieces I was promoting.
I suggest you do this: publish YOUR work here. Drop YOUR anonymity. After all, we can't have you languishing undiscovered -- it's too sad.
Also, require readers to pay to read your work. When people put out their hard-earned cash, it's a true sign that you matter to them. Possibly the ultimate true sign.

Writer, Rejected said...

Anon: I didn't mean to insult you; I was actually being sincere because I hate it when anyone gives up.

I deliver my novel next month, so we'll see if it gets published out there. I haven't lost all hope. Not yet anyway. In the meantime, thanks for the ideas. I appreciate them. And I'll keep them in the hopper.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, then, for my tone.
You liked me, you know (I'm the Kafka, Kafka, Kafka guy).
Giving up isn't so bad, when you put it in a certain perspective. Growing old helps too.
But good luck in your endeavors.