RIP Ford – 2008-03-15 8:40 AM How many of you have had the publishing industry, or agents, turn a cold shoulder to your submission? You certainly think you have a marketable book, and one that addresses a timely issue in society. You’re an expert in your field, or you’ve done your research if you aren’t, and you’re loaded for bear. But when you query agents or publishers, no one wants to hear about it. Or you get some nibbles, but then eternal silence. Then do you wonder whether fear of publishing controversial material has gripped the publishing world?
Publishers love controversial material. It sells wonderfully. Just take a look at what’s out there.
But it’s all about quality, about believability, and about market. Nothing is ever rejected simply because it’s controversial.