Speak to anyone who has worked in a publishing firm and they will probably go pale and regale you with horror stories of having to dip into the piles of unsolicited manuscripts. I'm sure there are many bad, bad manuscripts, but since I've also read any number of - at least to me - bad published novels, I'm not sure the unsolicited manuscript pile is the source of all the evil. And, after all, how many times do we hear about a favourite author who practically wall papered their house in rejection letters and so delight in the image of all those editors kicking themselves for having dismissed what would be a bestseller? Like, let's say, Harry Potter?
There was an interesting piece in the Guardian about this.
It might be a nice tonic for all those who are hoping to publish some day.