Another Failed Attempt at McSweeney’s

If you’ve never heard of McSweeney’s, it is to the literary world what the cool lunch table is to high school: Everyone wants to be there. I’m nowhere near talented enough to make the main page, but I like submitting lists here and there. The toughest thing about getting published on McSweeney’s is the style and tone varies so much, it’s hard to tell exactly what the editors are looking for. (I suspect that’s something they strive for.)

Here’s a list I threw together before the holiday shopping season. Based on the overwhelming and inexplicable success of Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it was intended to poke fun at the publishing industry, which so often piggybacks on the best-selling trends in print. Right now, it’s all about vampires, wizards and, apparently, zombies. Here’s my latest piece to get rejected:

Book Titles Publishers Are Depending On to Boost Holiday Sales

Tuesdays With Morrie and Zombies

The Audacity of Hope and Zombies

SuperFreakonomics and Zombies

Green Eggs and Ham and Zombies

The Great Gatsby and Zombies

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and Zombies

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Zombies

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Zombies

Water for Elephants and Zombies

Going Rogue and Zombies

The Greatest Generation and Zombies

The Bible

3 thoughts on “Another Failed Attempt at McSweeney’s

    • Don’t give, Elizabeth! Of course, the alternative is we could start our own table with the misfits. I guess that’s probably where our blogs come in, respectively. Thanks for reading!

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