QUOTE (Lennox @ 13th May 2007, 11:47 AM)
Dunkey you seem to know a lot about the book world, Who is Ben Elton?
Sorry Lennox never noticed your question until now. Ben Elton is a comedian and had several books published and plays staged in the West End. Personally he is not my cup of tea but he is well known.
I am only going by stuff I have sent off. The production companies will send it back saying this is not what we are looking for at the moment, yet you read every paper and the comedy on British Television is slated as completely dire.
I sent a couple of chapters and a synopsis off to many publishers and the basic answer came back, sod off we don't know you.
Some did give some helpful advice but on the whole they are looking for the fast easy money. A few letters came back saying how many manuscripts they get a year and how many new writers they take on. That's why I said it's not that easy to get published.
Talent is often overlooked, how many knocked back the beatles and how many knocked back Harry Potter and that JK Rowling one.
I would now consider self publishing as 1. You can finally get the monkey off your back and see it in hard copy and 2. It would cause a riot in here (Only kidding) 3. I think if you self publish you must have a belief you can recoup your layout. That would be my prime aim so it didn't cost me a fortune.
It's not that hard to get a letter published or an article in a magazine but it is difficult to break down the door because mostly you find it's friend of friends who get them in the door. Jounalism being notorious for it.
As for the television, nearly all the comedians all came from the same little clique from college
Only Fools and Horses was going to be binned after the first series and it took John Sullivan 10 years to get in the door. It was so bad he went to work as a stage hand with the BBC to get close to producers.
I'm certainly not having a go at anyone, both sides are entitled to their views on this but surely we should not be falling out over such a trivial matter.