If you’re an aspiring novelist, two major obstacles exist on the path to glory. First, finding a literary agent. Second, with the help of that agent, finding an acquiring editor at a publishing house to sign you to a book contract. One is the seller, the other the buyer, but you’d be surprised at how thin the line has grown between the two.As in many industries, the major book imprints/publishers have become increasingly consolidated in the hands of a few large international corporations: HarperCollins is owned by News Corp., Random House by Bertelsmann, Simon & Schuster by Viacom, etc. Decisions about whether or not to acquire manuscripts are at the discretion more of “money” departments such as sales and marketing than of the editors, especially those not high on the totem pole. And if they have to sell the “money people” on a project, editors are forced to think in bottom-line terms more and more.How does this affect the process of polishing and selling your manuscript? The current climate makes it difficult for debut novelists to break in–after all, novels are always a gamble. Publishers can’t estimate a novel’s audience as they can for a nonfiction book. So they’re rarely willing to invest much advance time or money. Editing takes time. Translation: if your manuscript needs much editing, if any, it’s not likely to sell.For this reason, agents who represent fiction need to make certain a manuscript is in tip-top shape before submitting it to an editor at a publishing house. Sadly, many agents have given up on fiction entirely, but heroes still exist who are dedicated to representing new novelists–ironically, many are former editors looking for the close relationships with writers now enjoyed more often by agents. Such agents must be committed to working with writing clients to perfect their manuscripts.Of course, agents need to make a living, too, and since they get paid only on commission, they need to concentrate on selling. Translation: if your manuscript needs much editing, many agents won’t take it on.The bottom line is that you can’t just get to the last page of your manuscript and decide it’s ready to show the world, expecting the agent who represents it or the publisher who buys it to do any necessary editing. You need to rewrite, edit, polish, get feedback. You usually get only one chance to sell an agent or an editor on your manuscript. So make the most of that one chance by making the most of your writing first.
No matter what happens in the business cycle, whether we are in an expansion period or a recessionary period “goods and services” still need to get to market. The distribution supply chain must operate and therefore, perhaps you’d like to get involved in the trucking industry for a good solid career. Well if this interests you I’d like to recommend a very good book, one that I own. The author makes quite a few good points and there is a good bit of history discussed as well. The name of the book is;”Aim High for a Job in the Trucking Industry” by John P. McGill and WL Robinson, 1979In the first section Mr. McGill and Mr. Robinson discuss the history of trucking. And you may not know this but in 1904 there were only 700 trucks on the road, by 1914 there were 315,000. There were more than 1 million trucks on the road by the end of the war and in 1929 during the Depression there were 3.4 million trucks. At the start of the war in World War II in 1941 or 5 million trucks on the road, and by 1980 there were 25 million trucks on the road.The authors want you to know that you don’t have to be a truck driver to be in the trucking industry, there are all kinds of jobs in the trucking industry;
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You can imagine the difficulty in training so many people to operate this vital sector of our economy. Luckily, the Junior colleges became instrumental in training truck drivers. And did you know that in 1979 a truck driver could make $19,020 to $20,000 a year? And if you think technology will help us train more truck drivers, you are partly right as the first truck simulators were introduced in 1979 “AETNA Drivoton.”Today, there is a truck driver shortage and they expect by the time that our economy recovers to full strength that this shortage would be over 250,000 people. In the far-off future there will be self driving trucks of course. Indeed, hope to please consider all this.