什麼是激情項目,在代理商和出版商的心中被認為是一件壞事?


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我從一位文學經紀人那裡聽說,我的一本書是一個激情項目。我告訴這位經紀人,我通常會寫投機/幻想小說,對於一本書-國際驚悚片/懸疑書,我想探索一下以擴大我的投資組合。這部驚悚小說以沙特阿拉伯為基地,講述了一位遭受迫害的基督徒,他克服了自己的流放生活。什麼是激情項目,這是負面的嗎?因為我寫了那部驚悚小說來安撫主流出版商。

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What is a passion project and is this something negative?

A "passion project" is normally one written primarily to serve the needs/wants of the person writing it. It's not as simple as being always negative - certainly there's many reasons to undertake them and they can also fulfill a successful secondary position of having wide appeal.

In this context however I think it's unavoidable to consider it a negative - I think you have to take that as a comment that they don't believe the book has the mainstream appeal you were aiming for. That doesn't mean they were right - and I don't think we're particularly in a place to determine whether they were or not.

Further complicating the picture is that it may not even be the real reason for the rejection - it could be, or it could be a generic platitude to cover up anything from as mundane as "I just didn't like it" to "I don't want to touch a book that covers religious persecution in a country with a reputation for taking extreme dislike to criticism".

Single data points don't generally tell you much and single rejections are no exception - remember Decca Records rejected the freaking Beatles. So if this is a book you remain interested in getting published then shop it around a bit more - see if anyone else is interested.