This myth may have some factual basis for some writers, as I’m sure some writing does get rejected because it is poor. But the myth, as repeated by many experienced writers, is that all good writing GUARANTEES acceptance and, conversely, non-acceptance surely means that the writing is poor. I strongly DISAGREE! I’ve read some wonderful, fantastic, awesome stories as of late that have been self-published. I think any publisher that passed on “Before Her Eyes” by Rebecca Forster should be fired! Instead, I think many (if not all) publishing houses have become narrow minded and they are less interested in the quality of the book and more drawn to the possible commercial potential of the book (e.g., Paris Hilton’s published work…REALLY?).
Myth #10: ONCE YOU SELL A BOOK, OR SEVERAL BOOKS OR SHORT STORIES, YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY TROUBLE GETTING AN AGENT NOR WILL YOUR HAVE ANY TROUBLE SELLING ANYMORE OF YOUR OWN WRITING
I know this isn’t true! One writer I interviewed shared that they had several works published and then the publisher wouldn’t take a chance on one of their books because they thought it was too risky. I’ve also heard of writers that had five novels published then for three years she couldn’t find anyone to publish two additional books she had written. Publishers are fickle!! Can you tell I’m in favor of self-publishing??
Myth #11: IF YOU FOLLOW ADVICE OF EXPERIENCED AUTHORS, YOU ARE CERTAIN TO GET PUBLISHED
I don’t believe in the “what worked for you will work for me” because there are too many variables to consider to be able to compare one book / writer to another book / writer. All books are original works and written by unique individuals. I truly believe you can do all the right things: write a great book, study your market, constantly work towards perfecting your craft, etc. and you may still have a problem getting published.
What are your opinions about these myths? Do you know of other myths about writers or writing that are not listed here?
Have a great day,