Jill Elaine Hughes said...
"The Rejecter said...
OK guys, knock it off. There's a MILLION agent websites that will tell you that publishers/agents do not care where the author is from and do not demand, or even recommend, that the author is from NY. "
---True, they SAY this. But it does not reflect who they actually publish. Of all the new memoirs I've read in the past 6 months (I follow the genre closely since I write it myself), 8 out of 10 were by authors who live in NYC. And my own (and my agent's) experience with the NYC publishers definitely shows an anti-Midwest bias. The fact that the publishers who are buying my books (all major pubs) are not headquartered in NYC (two are in the Midwest; one is in London but is a division of Random House nonethelesss) certainly reflects this.
If you were from the Midwest yourself, you'd better appreciate the bias we have aimed at us from the East.
All right, let me give this a shot. Looking at this week's hardcover non-fiction bestseller list and the memoirs or memoir-like material listed:
1. THE LONE SURVIVOR by Marcus Luttrell. (Texas)
5. A LONG WAY GONE, by Ishmael Beah. (Sierre Leone)
7. THE REAGAN DIARIES, by Ronald Reagan. (Illinois)
10. THE BLACK SWAN, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Lebanon)
14. I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK, by Nora Ephron. (Brooklyn. Fair enough)
20. SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, by Brian "Head" Welch. (California)
21. MERLE'S DOOR, by Ted Kerasote. (Wyoming)
22. LITTLE HEATHENS, by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. (Iowa)
23. MARLEY & ME, by John Grogan. (Michigan or Florida; I can't tell)
24. DOG DAYS, by Jon Katz. (Upstate New York)
29. INFIDEL, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Somalia)