A Gent's Outlook

A Literary Agent Divulges the TRUTH about Publishing

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Sammy's Whammy

Oh, the irony!

Someone brought to my attention a rather prophetic post I made in September that perhaps James Frey should have read prior to submitting his work as a “memoir”…

Have you ever considered that what you write might be accepted and not rejected? What happens then? Which is more scary: getting a rejection letter in the privacy of your own home or having to explain your book in front of a million viewers and a live national television audience to a dickhead interviewer who hates your guts? Would you then die? Would you become so ill that you’d lock yourself in your home and never come out? Have you ever considered that everyone is afraid of being exposed, of being famous? Acceptance can sometimes be scarier than rejection. Think about it.

Do you need any more proof that I am who I say I am? Plus, I'm psychic!


  • At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In this day, not too many writers can get away with being J.D. Salinger. They have to work the pr in order to sell. And once you do that, your work (and you) are fair game, under the microscope.
    So it is good advice, to be careful what you wish for....


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