Why do we writers use the word “submission” to talk about sending our work to an agent or publisher? I don’t know about other writers, but I’ve taken a lot of abuse from agents and editors. For example:
- An agent represented my first novel for six months. She returned it to me saying, “There are too many men to make it a woman’s novel and too many women to make it a men’s novel.
- A publisher (Hancock House in BC) returned a manuscript to me three years after I sent it to them
- A Texas literary agent rejected a work of another author and sent it to me.
- I’ve had publishers say, “Get an agent,” and agents say, “Get a publisher.”
- Yes, I’ve gotten a few great rejections. I could paper the bathroom mirror with them. The rest of the house would be the other rejections.
Many writers today are bypassing this abusive system and selling their work as ebooks or as Print On Demand.
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