To date, I’ve sent the book proposal to 13 publishers and editors. Current success rate: 0%.
This isn’t a bad number. There are tons of stories of 50, 100, 200 rejections before finding a publisher. Pirsig’s Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintaince had over 100 rejections. It’s such a speculative industry, with such high barriers, that these numbers are normal. I’m not giving up yet. In fact the larger the number of rejections I get before I get it published, the better the story I’ll have to tell :)
But for now I don’t plan on focusing on the London book until I have an interested publisher. There’s enough of a book there to land a deal – finishing the book won’t make a difference.