Jeff Seymour - Author of Fantasy, Literary Fiction, & c.: Authors are Amazing

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Authors are Amazing

I finished going through my first set of submissions yesterday, and as I pushed away from the other side of the desk for the first time in a while, I was left with one, overwhelming thought:

Authors are amazing.

The variety and scope of the stories people come up with, write, and submit is absolutely flabbergasting. Sure, there are plenty of problems with delivery. In the end, I'm reading past the third chapter for only two out of ten submissions. For many of them, I knew by the end of the first paragraph that they weren't going to work and read on for a few pages mostly out of a sense of hopefulness.

But man, the ideas. One of the coolest things about working in publishing is seeing the crazy, unwashed flow of ideas that humankind generates in aggregate. It's a beautiful and inspiring experience. As a species, we have a real gift for storytelling.

Back to work now, but I wanted to take a moment to share.

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