by John Ellis
Getting a book published is not easy, nor should it be. As readers, we assume that the gate-keepers (the publishers) are doing a good job of vetting the manuscripts that eventually are turned into books and then marketed to us. The publishing industry does not owe aspiring authors an ear much less a book deal. Their responsibilities are pointed towards the readers, their employees, and their employers. Because I realize that, I do not underestimate the privilege of having my book read and considered by two publishing houses. It’s rare to get a manuscript before a publication committee. However, my appreciation for the process doesn’t mean that I’m immune to the struggles and discouragements of the whole thing.