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November 18, 2012


Pepper Smith

You do realize saying that you are having a hard time finding anything to read that you really enjoy when you're speaking to an audience that includes a number of authors is a bit dangerous.

I mean, it's not like we have books we wouldn't love for you to read or anything.

Rebecca K.

Thanks for a thoughtful analysis of your reading slump. I feel your pain!

Lexi Revellian

Re 1. - with the system as it is, how could this be otherwise? Debut authors know the odds stacked against them, and are desperate to get published. The desperation of writers should not be underestimated.

Because of this, the best authors these days self-publish (along with the worst authors, admittedly). Why would anyone with drive and intelligence put himself through the submission mill now there is an alternative?

So we have the odd situation where a writer who couldn't get a publishing contract self-publishes and is then pursued by the very industry that turned him down. I find the ineptitude of big publishers today hard to credit.


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