The Best Thing We’ll Read Today

FOG Smokee sent in this perfect gem for the wannabe author:

David Lassman sent off to 18 publishers assorted chapters from Austen novels in which he changed just the titles and the names of the characters. He called himself Alison Laydee after Austen’s early pseudonym ‘A Lady.’ Seventeen publishers rejected or ignored his bid for literary glory. Only one spotted the ruse and told him not to mimic ‘Pride and Prejudice’ so closely. Lassman, who decided on the experiment when struggling to get his own novel published, told media: ‘Getting a novel accepted is very difficult today unless you have an agent first. But I had no idea of the scale of rejection poor old Jane suffered.'”

Comments

  1. Cubeland Mystic says

    I’d be more shocked if someone actually accepted the novel. I think it is pretty rational to reject them. They would fall under the “been there done that” category.

  2. Rufus McCain says

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