Anyone can call themselves a writer! They don’t have to possess a literary talent; they don’t even have to be able to spell or compose a grammatically correct sentence. But it is only quality that sells. Right? Given the trend for some rather dubious material topping the bestseller list and making a fortune over recent years, that might bring this theory in to question.
When our work is continuously rejected by editors we are told it could be for any number of reasons: recurrent themes, wrong style, too long, too short. Established writers receive rejections all the time, so the practice is commonplace. But how do we know if our work is ever good enough to make the grade?
We might spend years submitting material that will never be up to scratch, but no one wants to burst our bubble and tell us this. And would we choose to believe them if they did? There are enough deluded X Factor contestants who blatantly ignore Simon Cowell’s advice to give up the ghost, believing that one day they’ll achieve their dream. Are we in that camp?
So, unless busy editors can factor in the time to tell us straight and save us years of our lives, what’s the alternative? It’s a no brainer! Until I meet the Simon Cowell of the literary world, I’ll keep my head in the clouds and carry on living the dream.
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