This is so depressing:
Publishers and agents have rejected two Booker prize-winning novels submitted as works by aspiring authors.
One of the books considered unworthy by the publishing industry was by V S Naipaul, one of Britain's greatest living writers, who won the Nobel prize for literature.
Typed manuscripts of the opening chapters of Naipaul's In a Free State and a second novel, Holiday, by Stanley Middleton, were sent to 20 publishers and agents.
None appears to have recognised them as Booker prizewinners from the 1970s that were lauded as British novel writing at its best. Of the 21 replies, all but one were rejections.
I guess it's possible that the other 20 publishers recognized the manuscripts, assumed they were plagiarized, became offended, and rejected them without comment...but somehow I doubt it. If they can't recognize actual
talent, what hope do I have? (via Bookninja