Re: How did Stephen King get past the slush pile?

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littleindian78
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With some of the taboos in his writing, I find it fascinating that Stephen King made it into print and is as popular as he is.  NOW… let me say that I really like most of his books BUT many reviews I read about his stories say the same thing:  Starts out slow, too descriptive at first, gives too much background before getting into the story. 

Given those problems in his writing, how did he ever get published in the first place?  Everything I read about writing and marketing says the same thing:  “make sure your writing is tight” and: if the opening [sentance – scene – chapter] isn’t enough to grab you, the publisher will toss it into the slush pile and move on.  Hardly any of his openings grab me.

If he hadn’t been so popular, I’d have put most of them aside right away.  I only kept on because everyone kept saying what good books they were.  (and they were right – eventually!!)

So, how did good old Stephen ever make it big in the first place???