Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In Keeping with the Week's Theme

Mary Lindsey's blog offers these interesting (though unsourced) tidbits
  • Less than 1% of writers with a complete novel find an agent to represent them
  • None in the 1% is guaranteed a book in print
  • Only 60% of agented books sell
She also examines a rejection she has received.  It's good stuff.  Worth clicking over for a read.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

okay someone just said they have "great" news and that they have learned they are in the "editorial review process" at a lit journal.

Um...isn't that just what it's called when they evaluate your submission? Or does that really imply you've made it past a prelim hurdle??

Anonymous said...

Statistics like that, even if true, are totally meaningless. All books are not created equal, so not all books have a 1/100 chance.

Many books have a 1/1,000,000 chance of ever getting published, because the writer can't write anything that someone else would want to read.

A truly good, solid, original book by an intelligent, well-read writer probably has something like a 1/4 or 50-50 chance of being published.

It's not a crap shoot. Published writers aren't "lucky." If you put in the work time, read a lot, learn the business, and have good judgement, there's no reason you can't publish a book.

marylindsey said...

Thanks for the kind words about my blog.