Brooke Babineau

 

 

* New Works *

Two new feature film screenplays: 2nd Chances and Nutter have been completed and are available for development.

*

Publishing this year

BEFORE MiLE ZERO, The Carrion Birds

*

Thank you all for the e-mails and positive comments.

Have an idea, suggestion, or request?  Send me a note below.

                                               

 

 

 

*   *   *

A conundrum that confronted me when I had completed and tried to market my first manuscript: no publisher, other than the vanity press, would deign to look at it unless I was already a published author, and no agent would accept me as a client unless I was already represented.  

Encouraged by screenwriter and novelist Budd Schulberg to contact his agent when I had a presentable ms.  (What a break!) 

I worked diligently completing and polishing a presentable draft of Below Mile Zero, a novel of Key West until it shone. 

After clipping Schulberg's business card, upon which he'd written the name of his agent, to my query letter off it went. 

Several weeks later I received a rather tedious form letter from that literary agency stating that unsolicited manuscripts were simply unacceptable. 

The card was neither mentioned nor returned. (It would have been a nice memento.)

*   *   *

How many gifted writers have never seen the light of day because they weren't given a chance, since they weren't connected?  

Consider the true story of John Kennedy Toole, who wrote A Confederacy Dunces, published in 1980 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. 

Enviable?  Not really. 

The only reason the book was published 11 years after the author's suicide, with no small thanks to similar sequences of rejection as listed above, was due to his mother's tenacity in getting a publisher to actually read the manuscript she only discovered after her son's death. 

What great works could he have given the world, if given that chance?  How many other John Kennedy Tooles are out there, unread, unpublished, discarded without a fair shot?

It can be exceptionally difficult to market one's work when the rejection of an author's work may, in fact, be a rejection of years spent developing insightful perspectives on life that, given a chance, could entertain and educate. 

Cre8tve1 Corporation pledges a lion's share of its resources to correcting these oversights.  

Bless you Cre8tve1.