The issue of stories and novels not selling for being "too quiet" came up a while back over at Literary Rejections on Display.
I’ve heard the same feedback about my story collection.
What does this mean? I’m assuming it means my stories:
- Are more character-driven
- Are more internal
- Do not (usually) feature topical, timely, flashy subjects
- Do not (again, usually) feature car chases and knife fights and/or bat fights
I suppose the preference for “loud” stories and novels (and films, too) is no doubt a sign of the times. Publishers want a book that will sell.
But where would we be without “quiet” stories and “quiet” writers? No Carver. No Grace Paley. No... who else?