Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Publishers toss Booker winners into the reject pile

Interesting experiment conducted by The British Sunday Times.

Typed manuscripts of the opening chapters of Naipaul’s In a Free State and a second novel, Holiday, by Stanley Middleton, were sent to 20 publishers and agents.

None appears to have recognised them as Booker prizewinners from the 1970s that were lauded as British novel writing at its best. Of the 21 replies, all but one were rejections.

1 comment:

Humour and last laugh said...

but I think I read that all the 50 publishers rejected it. None accepted it, actually! The few chapters of the book were provided to the publishers without the name of the author and the changed name of the characters.