The slush pile of arrogant publishers

I lied earlier this week when I said I wouldn’t be posting much in these coming weeks. I couldn’t resist this article from the Huffington Post.  I wonder how many indie authors will take heart from this. I did! The mainstream publishers have no-one to blame but themselves…them and their slush pile. I wonder how many good and decent writers have lost heart because of the arrogant attitude of these big publishing houses.

I am setting out my own marketing strategy. It’s going to cost me a bit, but what the hell I know I’ve a good story to tell.  However, if this article is true – and I believe it is – then I’d have to do my own marketing even if I was with a mainstream publisher. So what have I lost? Nothing. Take a look:

Today’s trivia c/o

On this day in:

1768James Cook begins his first voyage – good name that!

1916 – The United States National Park Service is created  – it’s only a little bit bigger than the UK’s!

1939 – The United Kingdom and Poland form a military alliance in which the UK promises to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power – now it’s the other way around – Poland have invaded the UK!

Born this day:

1719Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (d. 1795) – was it named after him?

1796James Lick, American land baron (d. 1876) – see, I knew you had aristocracy besides the Kennedys.

1893Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (d. 1962) – I hate dentists!

Died this day:

1227Genghis Khan, Khagan of Mongol Empire (b. 1162) – I’m sure my wife is a descendent of his.

1900Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (b. 1844) – does anyone understand what he wrote?

2001 – Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940) – did he invent the tights?

And now for something completely different c/o

The fellow who thinks he knows it all is especially annoying to those of us who do. Harold Coffin


3 thoughts on “The slush pile of arrogant publishers

  1. I came across that article as well. A very interesting read. The publishing world is changing, that’s for sure. Loved the quote by the way. Sounds like something my husband would say. 😉

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