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Old 1st July 2008, 09:35 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: What do publishers prefer?

I entirely agree with Teresa...
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Old 5th July 2008, 05:10 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Re: What do publishers prefer?

So for next piece I should try to stay within a definitive genre? You know, try to be fresh and interesting but not that fresh and interesting that it'll freak the publisher out.
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Exactly - commercial publishing is just that: commercial. Publishers have to make comparisons with other recently-succcessful authors in the same genre when they present a new writer to the book chains, without whose support the author will fail. So if they see something like a lengthy prose poem, the answer is no. If they see a Fantasy novel that works within the genre as it stands in 2008 and also has its own voice - both clear and pacy - there is a chance they will look upon it positively. Taking all the usual caveats that have been mentioned many, many times on this forum into consideration.
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Well yes, now thinking about it my works not of a typically commercial nature. I believe that it's fresh and has the potential for perhaps a 'cult' following. Now I've thought about it I just want it read by as many people as possible. I'm not the greatest capitalist in the world, I have to say and not one for writing something like what the jones have written (writings one of the few freedoms I have). So can you please suggest any sites that display complete works for free or any other ways i can achieve my goal- other than self publishing- for my lack of capitalist ambition tides me over but goes no further.
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Re: What do publishers prefer?

I'll leave that for others to respond to, being very much a mass-market, commercial publisher and agent!

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