What are your thoughts or assumptions about that?
Because they have good books? :-)
My first assumption would be that the publisher thought the concept was really neat and the book would sell a lot. That's really all I'd think, not that they have incriminating photos of the editor or the publisher owes the author's brother-in-law a whole LOT of money. :-)
I've often wondered that. Was it a great query letter, or did they know someone on the inside? Sometimes I also wonder how people get published when the writing isn't as good as mine is, but maybe that's just some jealousy coming out. Agents tell me it's a mixture of circumstances: what they're looking for at the time, how big the list of queries are that day, their general mood, etc. I try not to focus on the fact that a career can be made or not happen based on such incidental issues.
Right time right place. How many times has Gone With The Wind been rejected by some publishers, twenty four times. There are many more great books have rejected as many times or more than that, Comes down to I guess luck. Richard