New writers are always horrified to learn that agents and editors who read their book don’t actually read it.
Agents and editors sample your manuscript, as you might sample a wine… or as you might sample a book in a bookstore.
I love this article – Frankfurt Book Fair – Books – New York Times which says: “Later that night Mr. Stein arrived half an hour late to a dinner party of editors and agents in their 30s. Laurenz Bolliger, an editor at the prestigious German publisher Berlin Verlag, pulled out a manuscript he was considering and asked for Mr. Steinâ€™s opinion. He looked at the first sentence, flipped to a random page and deemed it a word unprintable in a family newspaper.”
If you want to write a book and sell it, realizing that it’s a billion dollar business can give you perspective.
With luck, it will inspire you to write the best book you can right now, knowing that your skills as a writer will improve with every book you write.