The agent, who specialized in business books, thought the book was “wonderful, just the sort of thing people are looking for, a quick read with valuable content.” Publishers thought the book was wonderful, too:
“I can’t remember when I’ve had a more enjoyable reading experience . . .”
“This is first-rate. I loved it . . . ”
“A unique take on a typically dry subject . . .”
“The writing is superb . . .”
“What a fun book . . .”
“Extremely clever and the quotations by the general are almost poetic . . .”
Sounds like a sure-fire winner, right? Well, I certainly think it is, but all those glowing reviews by the editors of major publishers ended with:
“ . . . but I don’t think I can sell it.”
“ . . . but it’s too small a book for us to consider.”
“ . . . but the author is an unknown, so I don’t think it would sell.”
“ . . . but it’s not a good fit for our program.”
“ . . . but it’s too experimental for us, I’m afraid.”
And so it went, from publisher to publisher, on and on, my agent having as much success as a vacuum cleaner salesman on a dust-free planet. I had made it through the first publishing filter—finding an agent who believed in the book—but that last filter was the killer. In frustration, I converted the manuscript into an e-book, which is doing fairly well. Better in fact than similar books by “known” authors. Still, I hope it becomes a book-book one day.
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