For every writer, the one thing they want whether they admit it or not is for their work to be constantly in the public eye. How will they achieve that? By writing numerous works of literature? No!
For you to become noticed globally, your books have to fulfil the following criteria of being highly original, influential, and important.
Each and every one of us secretly hopes that just one of our books will fit the bill. In the meantime with every one we pen, we want it to become a best seller. But that is a completely different kettle of fish compared to a book being regarded as a seminal work of literature by the literati, particularly here in the UK.
Here is a partial list of works of literature currently deemed to be seminal by them:
The Iliad and The Odyssey
The Barchester Chronicles
Pride and Prejudice
War and Peace
Does anything strike you as unusual? No? Well It should! For starters every book’s author is deceased. Still don’t believe me? Then take a look for yourselves.
A work by a living writer is yet to be included. Maybe its high time the literary snobs consider modern day work don’t you think?
Just because the names of the odd one or two indentured writers in the stables of the big five publishing houses are bandied about from time to time, is no guarantee that they’re work is any better than the thousands of Indie authors, who choose not to be slaves to big business! Or that any book they write, now or in the future, will be considered as a seminal work.
I would add that for a work of fiction to be considered as truly worthy is all down to how well it is written in the first place as well as the above criteria, not as some believe by how much hype and advertising by its publisher equates to copies sold. Or for that matter how much the toffy-nosed literary critic in the publisher’s pay actually likes it.
PS – will one of mine ever fit the bill? A chance would be a fine thing. Having to wait until I die is the part I’m not too fond of…