Getting That First Novel Published

From the Guardian:

Kate Saunders, while reading for the Orange Prize, felt that ‘publishers seem enormously scared of too much originality. Many of the first novels we had to read this year appeared to be watered-down copies of something else.’ Perhaps what these writers need is practice. Regrettably, there is no longer much opportunity (with the honourable exception of editor Louise Chunn’s initiative in Good Housekeeping) for novices to publish stories in magazines. Publishing your first novel is as daunting as cold calling. ‘It is much harder,’ Pat Kavanagh says, ‘to get first novels across to a general reader when there is no obvious promotional handle’.

Sounds like things are very similar on the other side of he pond…

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