Back in October 2011, I wrote “The Rejection Window“, a treatise about the big publishing industry’s future.
The rejection window is the length of time an author will keep submitting and revising their unpublished manuscript to agents and large traditional publishing houses.
What will define the future of the major publishing industry is the length of time for which the authors who do still submit manuscripts to agents and publishers will keep their rejection windows open.
The Big Five’s traditional position of strength, even as Amazon KDP and Smashwords were building their e-book empires, was that the major publishers got the first shot at the “quality” pre-published manuscripts. In other words, prospective authors submitted their queries to the major houses first, then they would pursue alternatives after the Big Five’s rejection of their work. I know this very well, for I was one of those authors. 😉
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