Recently, I joked with a publisher that I no longer fit the criteria to be publishable, failing in the following areas:
1) I could no longer be marketed as ‘First Book’ by …
2) I could not be marketed as a ‘Teenage Author’
3) I was not an Australian Prime Minister
4) I am not a celebrity
5) I am no longer an ‘Emerging Author’
After this, I encountered another reason – Verisimilitude. This refers to the prevailing attitude that a book based on a true story is inherently preferable to a book based on mere fiction.