What’s the Worst Book Idea You’ve Ever Heard?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s story discusses the launch of the beta site Pubmission.com, which promises to streamline the process for submitting unagented manuscripts to publishers. In turn, Pubmission promises to relieve editors’ burden of dealing with the slush pile.

Anyone working in publishing is likely to have heard hundreds of bad book ideas. The new blog SlushPile Hell, written by an anonymous agent, does a good job of sending up some of the more outrageous queries and proposals. Of course, it should come as no surprise that even ideas that might sound terrible to you (as this book did to me) still manage to find a publisher and an audience.

So, tell us, what is the worst book idea you’ve ever heard?

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.