Miss Snark is catching up on her reading today. Query letters abound, vacation looms, Miss Snark wants to leave a tidy desk just in case Jann Wenner
Mr MomWenner comes a'calling.
Mr Wenner aside, Miss Snark turns to the slush pile.
Not quite as many crimes against the written form in today's mail.
Some good material in fact. Good, but not good enough.
Not publishable, not marketable..nada.
Thinking of the posted rejection letters here
and the entire blog devoted to "not right for us" here at 756 Agents
Miss Snark notes that for writers of novels there's very little space for the "just for fun" writer.
Think of musicians who play for love not money. Church choir members. Garage band guys. Amateur orchestras and bands.
Or artists: Painters and sculptors at local galleries and shows.
Filmmakers who make movies for friends or families.
There's no way to be an "amateur" novelist really. No real place to just write novels for fun. Short story writers and poets have a multitude of outlets (few of which pay worth spit but they're there).
I have no suggestions for how to change that.
I can't even write to these queriers and say "this is good but not good enough" cause all they do is write back with MORE stuff that's not good enough.
I have to admire these writers. Theirs is a quest with a certain nobility, dreaming of characters and plots that might never go beyond pages read by a very few.
I have some respect for people like that, always hoping the next one will be the one. Always hoping someone will share their vision. It evokes the hero motif don't you think? Toiling in the wilderness?
Amateur didn't used to be a dismissive word. It used to mean ladies but mostly gentlemen who were devoted to something for love rather than lucre.
I would venture to say most published novelists don't write for money, but to get something published, money enters and controls the equation. Miss Snark is not an amateur agent nor is anyone in this business. But we can only take on the very top of the Bell curve, the five percent or so who are writing publishable, marketable work.
Is there a place for the next group? the 80-95%ers who aren't bad at all...just not publishable, and not marketable.
I wish I had an answer, but I don't. Do you?