I’ve always suspected this to be the case…

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… but until now there was precious little evidence to back up my theory.

If you live in a country like England, when it comes to making it as a serious writer, believe it or not the two things that will always determine whether or not you succeed are your social class and which school you went to. If you are working class and attended a state school, forget it the publishing houses simply aren’t interested!!

Yesterday the BBC showed a program about why most of today’s top British actors are no longer working class.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31110063

The same criteria applies to many of today’s writers here in England, unlike Scotland who treasure their working class authors, actors and artists.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/07/loneliness-working-class-writer-english-novelists

Fact – unless you are the product of a privileged upbringing (upper middle class or above), meaning you went to a public school like Eton or Harrow and then on to Oxbridge, you will never be taken seriously as a writer in England! After you have read the articles for which I’ve provided you two links, I defy anyone to prove otherwise. Believe it or not acceptance by the publishers has got damn all to do with talent and everything to do with who your people are!

Bah humbug

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11 thoughts on “I’ve always suspected this to be the case…

  1. Are there no exceptions? How sad and it doesn’t speak well of the system. Of course having worked in another system elsewhere, there is little positive to boast about. The truth is kept closeted or buried. Thanks Jack xx

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  2. Unfortunately, it is basically the same on this side of the pond with a little twist added. Not so much social status and/or school, but who others think you are. A Kardashian can write some trite thing (more likely ghost written) and it will be a hit. IF… IF I wrote the same thing, it would never see light of day, and even worse, it could be better and not see publication. How many well-known writers (King, etc) have tested the publication waters (once they are big-time) under a different name, only to be rejected? Today it is about who you are, not so much about how well you know the skill. Manning can write a bland football novel and it will be a best seller. Agents and publishers are looking for two things – a celebrity or the next Harry Potter series. They search relentlessly for the HP series and grab celebrity stories in the meantime. Become famous and every one of your books will suddenly be #1 sellers. Unfortunately, becoming famous via the publishing business is NOT going to be the path.

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  3. Class and background rules in England, Jack. Always has, and always will. My favourite definition of how it endures is the term ‘New Money’, used by the so-called upper classes to deride those who became rich by industry, rather than privilege.
    Thanks for following Redflagflying, which is appreciated. I don’t post there often, so it shouldn’t be a chore.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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