Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Publishers caught out?

The Sunday Times sent anonymised work by Nobel Prizewinner V.S. Naipul to leading publishers and agents, and it was rejected by all of them.
The Sunday Times sent out the opening chapter of In a Free State to 20 agents and publishers to find out. Only the names of the author and main characters were changed.

None of the agents or publishers spotted the book’s true pedigree. And instead of experiencing Potter’s exhilaration, they all sent back polite rejections.

Typical was the reply from PFD, a major London literary agency. “Having considered your material,” wrote a submissions department reader, “we do not feel, we are sorry to say, sufficiently enthusiastic or confident about it.”

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