One of my favorite things about working in publishing is the opportunity to read and consider so many queries daily. Admittedly, sometimes the mountain of slush is a bit daunting, but there’s nothing better than finding a gem amongst them, than finding just the sort of things you didn’t know you were looking for. It amazes me, really, how many ideas, characters, worlds and surprise endings there still are out there. In all the years humanity has explored the written word, with all the people who do now and who have ever considered themselves writers, original and wonderful stories keep emerging.
For me, it’s impossible to even imagine what the next perfect book would be about. I’ve read my fair share of dull and god-awful novels, that I drudgingly plow through (unlike Jim, I find it hard not to finish something I’ve started. Guilt complex, I suppose). I’ll spend time bemoaning the dearth of any new fiction to grab me, but then something great always comes along. Regardless of how we might read our books in the future—on paper, e-reader, or some new, heretofore uninvented method—there will always be writers to break the mold and come up with something brilliant and new.
So I guess my point is this: keep writing and keep sending in your manuscripts, because without this ever-producing world of letters, who knows what else would come to a screeching halt? Sometimes it’s the craziest ideas that produce the best book, and others the most mundane sounding plot can come across as quietly and fantastically lovely. You never can tell and that’s why I keep opening my queries with anticipation.