There was a lot of thinking involved. A lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing. But I made the decision to leave the Publishing Industry (for a little while at least) a few weeks ago. The decision was not, by any means, an easy one to make but there were a multitude of reasons that led me to do so. With this is mind, I probably won’t be updating this tumblr for quite some time. I doubt anyone is that disappointed. Take care. Maree.
Subject: Male Author Craves Approval
Seriously? Come on, man. This is a publishing house, not the singles section of the local newspaper.
Dear Submissions Editor,*
I’m hoping I’ve caught you at the perfect time. Right before you embark on your summer holidays so you’re not really paying attention to work. You’re too busy dreaming of those long, lazy days ahead, lying on a beach, spending quality time with the family, watching cricket on a 60” sceen or drunkenly revealing your true feelings for your superior to their face at the office Christmas Party (tick all applicable options). Basically, the one time of year when you’ll be in the right frame of mind to say; oh, sure, Liane. Whatever. Why not? Send your little manuscript. Send it forthwith. I’ll read it first thing next year. Then you’ll return from your break in 2011 feeling refreshed and relaxed, yet also invigorated and ready to see (or read) the best in everything. I will surely seem like the next Paul Jennings when you’re in such a good mood (the jaded, disillusioned feeling that everything you’re reading is all a load of trash doesn’t actually set in until at least March, does it?). Wow. She’s an evil genius, I hear you think. Perhaps I am. Perhaps I am.
*I really mean no disrespect to your position and I hope you won’t take offence at my letter!
Yesterday Jonathan Franzen made an announcement to his readers at a publicity event in London’s Southbank. The critically acclaimed author, who was recently on the cover of Time magazine, regretted to inform his fans that HarperCollinsPublishers UK had printed an earlier version of the Freedom manuscript by mistake.
This affects stock in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Franzen’s US publisher, FSG, are the only ones to print the correct version of the text.
It is estimated that this (easy to make!) mistake will cost HarperCollinsPublishers dearly.
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— from Life Sentences by Laura Lippman