Count Zero wrote:
I think it's funny how the novel line has broken all those rules in the last couple of years.
Some writers have explained this in the past.
Those rules only apply to writers trying to break in. Basically it is a test to see if the aspiring writers are able to play by the rules before allowing them to have more freedom. Even if you're hired the story you submitted most likely will never see the light of day.
(I'm only paraphrasing from memory here.)