This site is an online directory of many of the top literary agents, editors and publishers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, held together by an odd bond-they’ve all rejected manuscripts by Gerald Jones, the website’s creator. Jones lists a lot of important people who would prefer not to be included in Jones’ online Rolodex, but he also includes the e-mails passed between him and the publishers as they repeatedly snub his books.
The site tells of an incident when Jones rewrote a manuscript for an agent. “Recognizing that you probably know more about how to sell a book than I do, I … came up with the Claudia Cross Commercial Version,” he told agent Claudia Cross. “Don’t think I liked getting rid of 80 pages either, but, no, no, no they can’t be there anymore. Claudia Cross says so.”
“[The book is] entertaining and excruciatingly honest, funny and tragic, but [we have] no compelling reason to publish it,” wrote one publisher. “It’s not often that a person gets dissed with such high praise,” Jones wrote in response. “The only thing I found missing from your note was a compelling reason not to publish the son of a bitch.”