Monday, 19 November 2012

What are the Odds?

After I had finished my first book "Temptation" at the end of 2010 and was contemplating what I should then do with it, I read the following piece of advice from an agent and was instantly filled with horror:
"From hundreds, agents taken on 2-4 new clients per year. For major publishers, the figures are even worse, between 0 and 2 out of thousands. The overwhelming majority (over 95%) of submissions are so hopelessly bad that one shouldn't include them in any significant statistics. Last year, getting on 130,000 titles (fiction and non-fiction including new editions of previously published material) were published. That there is a vast amount of undiscovered talent out there is a delusion.  If you have ability, persist in your search, the real odds are less fearsome than they might first appear."
It was the first jolt to my system and 2 years later I found a publisher.  This is not a business for the faint-hearted!