A novel has been rejected over 30 times by publishers who cited that it was “too niche” just because it centred on a gay character. It was also said the story of Charlie Matthews’ obsession with Madonna was “too working class, too 80s, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay”.
The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.
The book was rejected so many times by mainstream publishers that Matt Cain decided to ask the general public for help.
Crowdfunding has been a boon to creatives all over the world, accessing funds from backers to make their projects a reality. Cain decided to use Unbound in order to ask for backing for his novel and get it published.
Famous names offered their support: comedian and author David Walliams, and television’s Mark Gatiss are just two fans of Cain’s novel.
“It’s Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love, dreamed of more, or wanted a Soda Stream more than anything else in the world…”
It seems strange that a book would be rejected for not being ‘relatable’ for the majority of people when it is a human story about human issues. A gay main character shouldn’t be off-putting for straight people- just as a book centred on straight people is not alien to gay people. Love, obsession, family, angst, are all themes people of all sexualities can relate to.
Read an excerpt here via Unbound and decide for yourself.
The novel is set to be the first in the Chronicles of Farthall series and it’s genred in the war category. The debut sounds absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to read it. Tagg did much of the writing in between lessons at college. Read More
The internet came to embrace Obama and Biden’s bromance and there are many amusing posts showcasing the enduring friendship the two leaders share. If you’re a fan of the two politicians then you’ll be pleased to learn that a new crime book is set to be released, which sees Obama and Biden teaming up to fight crime and solve mysteries. Read More
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited, I placed my pre-order before I came to write this blog.
Don’t let the name of the genre put you off though- young adult is a mere label and does not mean we fully grown and ‘mature’ (hahahah) crowd cannot read them too.
Check out the list below- something may grab your fancy.
Originally it was delayed as Rowling was working on the screenplays for the Fantastic Beasts movie but Rowling has sent out various updates since she announced what Lethal White would be called. However, it’s now been almost three years since Career of Evil, the third novel in the series was published and fans have been getting impatient.