Every so often something happens in the world of books for young people that makes us all sit up and listen.
Nicky Singer, the prize-winning author and playwright, has done what very few authors have the courage to do - admitted to having had a manuscript rejected by her publisher. Writers do admit having faced rejections, of course, but generally only after they've secured a contract.
The reason the publisher apparently gave was that the the novel was 'too quiet' - a response we're quite familiar with here at Fraser Ross Associates.
Publishers are, of course, entitled to make their decisions based on what they feel they can sell in sufficient quantities.
But Nicky believes that Island, the novel she has written inspired by her acclaimed play staged by the National Theatre - tells a story that people will want to read. So she has gone down the crowd-funding route, and appealed to people to invest in her new book. It's a brave move, the complexities of which she describes in the Notes from the Slushpile blog here.
She's yet to meet her target, but the signs are good. And her openness has created quite a debate amongst writers.
But what about readers? Where do you stand on volume control in books?