a recently published novel, by Ron McClarty (methinks) almost never got out of the gate.
I read in a magazine article (Entertainment Weekly again) that this guy has been writing devotedly for years and remained unpublished, until...
He offered up his novel as an audio,(he is also an actor and did that himself) and somewhere out there...Stephen King's CD player skipped. As the story tells, (I am paraphrasing obviously) our hero Steve then yelled, "NO! You can't do this to me!" and out of his frustration to actually read the novel the old fashioned way he contacted some publishers.
I haven't yet read the novel, but I like Mr. McClarty already, because, as stated in EW's article, he asked the now-hungry publishers if they were only interested in it because of Stephen King's interest, and if it were truly good, why were his previous attempts at publishing ignored?
(Good question, huh? I'd have asked too.)
But one editor assured him (ASSURED?) that publishers simply don't read unknown authors past a certain age, because of financial reasons. (They gamble on getting a few years -and several novels - out of the author before the, um, natural expiration date.)
This leads me to a few questions.
Do you think it would be wiser for someone, who is, shall we say, a few chinny-chin-chin hairs older than the average aspirant to assume a pen name as well as, er...lie 'bout your age?
Also, this relates as well to my questions of simply how wise it is to post work on the internet.
I've heard a million times (shrug, give or take a grand) that ideas - conversation, situations, repartee' - are particularly difficult to protect by copyright - therefore, anyone serious about writing (correction: PUBLISHING) should not post work on the internet.
But, if there is a certain disadvantage to well, arriving to the party late, do you think a bit of self-promotion via the internet would balance the scales a bit, or no?
And as for Ron McClarty? He said they needn't have worried about getting more from him - he's sitting on ten more manuscripts ready to go.
(and feel free to offer up corrections folks, I can't find the site that offers the article online, I lost the mag, and my browser is behaving badly too--that short term memory loss thing can be a real problem sometimes)