My Husband Reads the Obituaries in the Los Angeles Times

May 24, 2011

On Monday, May 23, 2011, my husband handed to me the daily obituary column  to read the following title: “His acclaimed first novel was rejected 162 times.”

I continued reading: “Creative-writing instructor Dick Wimmer’s best lesson for would-be authors may have had more to do with persistence than prose.  His first novel, the well-reviewed “Irish Wine,” was published in 1989 after being turned down by publishers and agents 162 times over more than 25 years. He once laid claim to being history’s most-rejected published novelist.”
The New York Times said of “Irish Wine,” that it was a “taut, finely written, exhaustingly exuberant novel.”

As another example of blindness, I create a case for”Death of a Salesman.” If it had been written as a novel and sent around to literary agents, the rejections would read:  “Willy Loman is not admirable. No one wants to read about a loser. And No one wants to read a book where the title gives away the ending. Unpublishable.”
But now, writers are saved from the blindness of agents. They are rushing to self-publish, especially with the advent of the electronic book and print-on-demand.  I am joining their legions, and with it have set up this website. I have written five novels.  I will be publishing each one in quick succession, starting with THE PROVIDER. Oh, Dick Wimmer, you would have joined the legions of us in the revolution. You would have led us.