Yes, there are those hip young writers who get picked up for a three-book deal on the basis of a single chapter – but they make the news because they are the exception, not the rule. They’re the ideal we’ve been conditioned to think of as the measure of authorly success. But think of them like models at a fashion shoot; we’re never going to look as good, but we can still wear the same clothes. We might never make that million-pound debut, but we can still be published.
The woman who wrote that article is an excellent example of unrealistic expectations.
Mine certainly didn't - and the better and more "important" I thought they were, the worse they seemed to do! Here's another response.
Do two unpublished books make you a failed author? No, you're a quitter
But I’m scarred. I still read, but stick to the classics. I have next to no interest in contemporary fiction and avoid literary debuts by British female writers, which all seem so safe and samey.
And if she isn't reading their books, then how does she know they're all safe and same?
I don't get why this article is getting so much traction
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