I've got this excerpt from a nonfiction book I've been working on for a year and a half up at Anomalous Press right now. I'm really glad that Anomalous decided to publish the excerpt. I'm really happy that everyone who has accepted or already published excerpts did so: Pear Noir!, The Collagist, Continent, Everyday Genius, Freerange Nonfiction, HobbleCreek Review, Sleepingfish, and Used Furniture Review. I'm happy that they've published these excerpts because I don't have much hope that the book will ever actually be in print. Well, I mean, I doubt that a major New York City publisher will take a chance on this manuscript. I will--fingers crossed--find a small press or specialty publisher for it if all else fails.
I don't think New York would take a chance on the book because it's about California. Despite that state being the largest (in population) among our 50, New York often doesn't seem to acknowledge the West Coast's existence. On top of that the book is somewhat experimental--go figure. It's not too out there, but it blends memoir, history, pop culture, and critique of Catholicism. It's written as a kind of pastiche. All of these elements combined mean (to an agent): no dice.