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The publishing industry is very fickle. Editors buy what marketing departments tell them will sell. What they won't touch with a barge pole one year is hot property the next - like platform shoes. In the meantime, self-publishing sites like Lulu allow writers to print up copies as people want them, to get closure' for the novel so they can get on with something else. Keep sending it out; if it's good its time will come. And keep writing new material. Stephen King had to write four novels before he found a publisher, and then the editor wanted all his back catalogue. Each book you finish is one in the bank for the future.


What an inspiring story!

Shruti Chandra Gupta

I think non-fiction books do better on self-publishing sites. For literary fiction I have no hope.

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