Friday Fictioneers: Promoting







“Tea or coffee?”, Greg asked the publisher who he was trying to network with.

“Coffee please.”, the publisher replied.

Greg makes coffee.

“I’ve got this book about this bloke, a writer. He falls in love on a writer’s retreat … there’s a subplot about his friend who is a doctor …”

“What is the woman he falls for like? The doctor, what’s he like?”

Greg smiled, said he’d talk about it sometime, went to find a publisher who might be right for the project. His main character fell for a bloke. His doctor friend was a woman. This wasn’t a good fit.


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44 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: Promoting

  1. Dale says:

    Yes, I should think you need to be on the same page 😉

  2. Alice Audrey says:

    That’s why self publishing is the way of the future.

  3. subroto says:

    Looks like the assumptions made by the publisher cost him the deal. Nice one.

  4. draliman says:

    Maybe the next publisher won’t immediately make so many assumptions.

  5. Prior... says:

    Sometimes our filters and background really do fill in inaccuracies

  6. Ellie Scott says:

    Smart move on Greg’s part!

  7. pennygadd51 says:

    Your story has an excellent message that insensitivity to diversity can cost business. However, is Greg wise? I mean, he actually has a publisher willing to listen to him! That doesn’t happen very often! Even if we take it as read that the publisher is personally bigoted, that doesn’t mean he won’t publish a sure-fire best seller.

  8. granonine says:

    Took me a bit to untangle all the clues. Good job 🙂

  9. Iain Kelly says:

    One of the best things about writing is playing on those assumptions and turning them round. Nice one.

  10. Challenging perceptions is difficult, hopefully, it will turn out ok for the writer.

  11. Abhijit Ray says:

    Little complicated for me.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      It’s really about assumptions and assuming something that someone hasn’t said & it being an erasure of a particular identity intentionally or not like in this story Greg said his main character was a bloke who fell in love & the publisher assumes it was a woman he fell for & that the character’s friend who was a doctor was a man when Greg didn’t say that the doctor was a man.

      Hope that helps, sorry if it was complicated & thank you so much for reading Abhiji. 🙂

  12. Dear Lisa,

    One particular agent turned me down for my first novel. I’m still grateful to her for that. Not a good fit. I related to your story.



  13. I can understand the the publisher failed the test… maybe authors should be the one selecting instead of the other way around,

  14. They weren’t on the same page…time to find a new publisher who understands!

  15. Priya says:

    A good publisher! That’s all it takes. And a good MS, of course. 😉

  16. jillyfunnell says:

    Maybe the writer should have given the publisher a little more of his time. They do say jumping to conclusions is the best exercise a lot of people get in a day (me included) and maybe the publisher would have been impressed by the writer’s plot.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      If it was harmless conclusions, it’d be fine I think. But this particular publisher thinks every man who falls in love falls for a woman & every doctor is a bloke & I think they are harmful assumptions which have prejudice & erasure of minority groups intentionally or not at their heart. I think that’s why Greg didn’t give the publisher much time because he didn’t want his work associated with prejudiced viewpoints or those that encourage erasure of minority identities.

      Thank you for reading Jilly. 🙂

  17. Sarah Ann says:

    Oh dear, a publisher who jumps immediately to stereotypes is not someone great to work with. At least Greg found out early and was able to move on.

  18. Good for him, we should never waste time on people that don’t deserve it.

  19. Lots going on here!

  20. You can always learn something when speaking with a publisher–even when it’s not a good fit. Figuring out who NOT to go with can be as important as finding a good match.

  21. Laurie Bell says:

    Ah those networking events can be brutal!

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