I’ve been reading Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog for months now, and it’s consistently a useful and kind-hearted resource.
Tuesday’s entry — which has the same title as this post — was written by an author telling the story of how he got his work published, and it was very heartening. I particularly liked being reminded of this:
Publishers are not supposed to see everything about a story that “works”; they are supposed to see everything that might potentially make a story not work. Agents are supposed to do the same thing. But just because an agent or publisher tells you something won’t work does not mean they are right.
THE CAPITAL ZOO has a sort of parallel problem to this author’s book, I think — it’s not quite literary fiction and not quite a hardcore mystery or thriller, but somewhere in between the two. I’m really hoping that what that means is that more people will like it and want to read it, and that its genre-bending qualities will actually make it more marketable… but I’m not sure, of course, and it’s hard not to be able to slap a clear label on it. So, this also seems particularly wise:
Until your book is released at last, there is no telling how readers will react. And until that time, your job is to keep writing. Keep working hard. Keep having faith.