America decided 236 years ago to separate from Mother England. Yet, even today, American publishers seem in awe of anything written in England and will give manuscripts from foreign writers’ high preference over much better American authors.
Do you think that the well written and highly popular “Harry Potter” series would have had the success it received if it had not been written by an English woman? No, no for a moment. And consider the phenomenon of the trashy and amateurishly written “Gray Shades” series which is making millions of dollars for a middle-aged English mother. In America, that filth would have hit the slush pile before the second page was read because it is pure pornography.
As an aside, I once, many years ago as a writing exercise wrote a pornographic novel. It actually had a beginning and a middle and an end and had a PLOT. And it was the most boring writing I have ever attempted. I later burned it and nobody ever read it except me. Which brings up another point – the woman who scribbled “Gray Shades” in an interview admitted that she would not allow her children to read her novels. I write for an adult audience but I would never write anything that I would be ashamed to allow my adult children to read.
But here’s the thing. For some reason, perhaps because they “talk funny” American publishers think anything coming from foreigners is better than American fiction. I think this is some inherited feeling of inferiority that Americans feel toward Englishmen even after almost 250 years. Look at the really famous American authors of the 20th century – Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others. They had to go to foreign lands as expats to become ACCEPTED as legitimate authors IN AMERICA.
Thank God for 21st century ePublishing. Admittedly, there is a lot of worthless trash on Amazon (after all they have over 50 million pieces of writing on their list) and much of it is from so-called writers who just want to say, “Hey, I’m an AUTHOR” and they would never get an agent or a glance from a legitimate print publisher. But, the good news is, ePublishing has bypassed the obvious bias of publishers which has kept many fine American writers from ever getting exposure.
What rubbish, as a Londoner would say.