Friday, July 08, 2005

Publishing Arrogance

P.D. Han has announced what he refers to as a 'hot' new book on the booktrade.info forum, which permits plugs of this sort.

The book in question is entitled Publishing Arrogance, and it reportedly tells the tale of one man's struggle to achieve publication.

I don't quite know what to make of this. At first I thought it might be some kind of complicated postmodern satire on the attempts of the unwashed and unpublishable to enter the holy sanctums of the literati. But having followed up a few of the links I think perhaps not. Perhaps it really is what it says on the box.

In any event I don't think I'm about to read the book, but I thought you might like to know.

The main link in the announcement, to the author's web site, doesn't seem to work, so use this one instead, and then proceed from there.

5 comments:

Peter L. Winkler said...

I read the "Arrogance" excerpt on his web site. I have no desire to read any more. It's maladroit and reads like the work of a typical wannabe writer.

Andrew said...

While Han's summary statement seems true enough, he really isn't saying much that writers (and publishers, frankly) don't already know, so I'm not sure who his audience will be.

Jack said...

I've actually read this - fan of Han's work - it's an interesting read, a story of how he got published - nothing dramatic, nothing controversial, nevertheless enjoyable.

- anything but "inept" Mr. Winkler.

Anastasia said...

Reading blurbs like:
"Have you ever wrote a book and tried to get it published?"

bring to mind things like, 'Have you ever tried to lose ten pounds but couldn't?', 'Have you been unfairly dismissed at your job?' (the compensation attorney commercials) and other kinds of similar things, so I'm not really motivated to read such a book.

I've read (a while back) about many published authors, some best selling authors, and they've state that it wasn't easy for them. With the exception of celebrities that will pen (with the help of a ghost writer) one book or memoir (followed by little else) the remainder never see what can be termed overnight success or a year success etc.

If only some writers could stop their bitching and just write a damn story without going head to head against the very people that dominate the markets.

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