Who decides if your book should be published?
With Old-School Publishing the decision is made by someone you rarely get a chance to meet, let alone talk to and pitch your idea. Needless to say, there are many best-sellers that were initially rejected numerous times by literary agents and publishers who "thought they knew best." In reality, nobody really knows what the reader's reactions will be until the book is actually published and sold.
Take, for example, the publishing success of J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter. Her first book was submitted to twelve publishers, all of which rejected the manuscript. It took a year for it to be accepted by an old-school publisher. That book went on to sell over 11 million copies and created a publishing empire for Rowlings that includes film, merchandise, video games, theme park attractions and more. The end result is a book series with more than 400 million copies sold, leaving Rowlings with an estimated net worth of £600 million (USD $855M). Yet even it was rejected 12 times!