posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 03:19 PM
Forgive me if this is not the appropriate venue for posting this kind of general request for advice, but I've been disappointed at just about every
other forum I've been asking questions in and I guess this is my last hope...if the ATS community can't help on this one, maybe nobody can.
I've been preparing a non-fiction book concerning subjects including crypto-zoology, crypto-botany/-biology, and crypto-cartography with specific
focus on the Caribbean/Central American region for the last few years, however now that the manuscript is (relatively) finished I'm finding it very
difficult to find a publisher willing to take my project seriously.
The problem isn't the writing itself, I'm pretty sure, as I have have two previous non-fiction titles to my credit on more mainstream subjects and I
also have professional experience as a technical writer. My writing may not be Shakespeare but I can definitely string together some basic
No, I think the problem is the subject matter itself. My literary agent won't touch this stuff. No matter how I try to explain some of the amazing
things going on in crypto fields all she hears is "Bigfoot" and treats it all like a joke.
Whether one personally believes in all the findings claimed or not isn't the point, in my view. It's about a free spirit of inquiry, and about not
being afraid to find things that run against convention. These subjects are worthy of our attention. At least, that's how I feel, and that's how
my father felt (who dedicated decades of his life to doing the kind of field research somebody like me only reads about).
Anyway, sorry for running on so long. I'm just frustrated after being turned down so many times for material that I know is decent, and definitely
of interest to lots of people out there.
Does anyone have any advice? Does anyone know of an open-minded publisher?
Should I just give up beating my head against a wall and just go for self-publishing? Or will Amazon and the like just refuse to list serious crypto
I would really appreciate any thoughts the ATS community might have. I've put a lot of work into this manuscript, and I really think it deserves to
see the light of day. I need to know how to make that a reality.
A Struggling Author
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