Vivian Allbones-Woodroofe

She has an uncanny skill for tinkering ridiculously tiny objects but her clumsiness makes her fail the test to enter the prestigious Gadgeteers every single time. Her disdain for anyone bearing the title ‘Gadgeteers’ is at an all time high currently. 

Martha Woodroof’s fascinating series on the process of getting a first novel to market continues over on Monkey See:

To gauge the practicality of investing the long years of speculative writing that it takes to produce a first novel, I asked my agent, Kate Garrick of DeFiore & Company, to estimate the percentage of the first novels submitted to her she considers saleable. Her answer (like all these answers, via e-mail):

I’d probably qualify it a little by saying that I’m only looking for certain kinds of books at any given moment, but I tend to receive queries that cover the whole spectrum of publishing, and so it’s absolutely possible a lot of the books I pass on for being outside my wheelhouse will go on to find homes.

That said: probably 1%? Maybe a little less.

What this says to me is that writing a novel is neither a sound financial investment nor a reliable career move.

And yet, that hasn’t stopped Woodroof – you can read previous installments of her series here, here and here.