(11-23-2014, 12:59 AM)Anonymous Kritter Wrote:(11-22-2014, 11:01 PM)JayRodney Wrote: Interesting point. Seems talented authors from the US have a hard time getting published these days, just as talented musicians have a hard time getting their music heard.
There's a culture at the top, and unfortunately for the rest of humanity, all we get is their approved authors, musicians, politicians etc...
They are trying to maintain a status quo that no one wants.
It's all about connections these days. The daughter of a former Irish PM is a published author. Dunno if her books are any good, but I doubt it mattered to anyone signing her up.
Most authors who blog about their start admit they always had some friend or relative who was an agent or worked in publishing already.
connections are everything. if you don't know anyone you most likely won't make it no matter how intelligent or skilled you are. if you don't believe me just read some bios and you'll be surprised who knew who through what circumstances.
or on a more profane level: check out your local companies and try to rule out those who didn't get their job through cronyism. and people are bitching about skull and bones or freemasons...