February 15, 2005

So You Want To Publish a Book?

I stumbled onto the Everyone Who's Anyone website via a Google link and I couldn't stop reading it. Gerard Jones has assembled a gigantic directory of literary (and Hollywood) agents and editors, along with their email addresses and whatever correspondence Jones has had with them -- essentially, an epic of rejection.

What a combination -- an invaluable reference and an irresistible tale of obsession. Jones is nothing if not persistence. And I've read worse advice to would-be authors than what Jones provides.

But have some sympathy for those on the other side of the desk. You might want to go back to a previous blog entry of mine and read how bad query letters can be