Why We Do This:
Ken Smith wrote a masterful novel called The Pleasant Valley Wars based upon an Arizona family feud. The writing is smart, the story dramatic, the characters engaging, and readers come to understand how and why feuds (wars?) arise.
Ken was represented by an excellent and widely respected agent, yet the book got rejected by every major press. It was called “Too western for a literary novel and too literate for a western.”
Whenever a fine story gets buried for strictly commercial reasons, both the writer and us readers get cheated.
Every day, authors receive from agents and publishers comments like, “Your book is too Christian for the mainstream market and too sexy for the Christian market.” Or, “There are just not enough readers for a story about flamenco.” Every day, books get rejected for strictly commercial reasons.
Though we at Hickey’s Books appreciate the value of money, money is not our bottom line. Our bottom line is simply publishing books we love.
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