reply to post by pheonix358
How big are these two literary agents? Are they not seeking submissions because they are swamped with Harry Potter wannabes? Maybe they've already
got the money-makers they need for this year.
I worked in the literary world for a while, and learned that it is now all about money-what book will make the most cash as fast as possible? That's
what gets published. Not good writing (although some of what is published is good), not that which is good for the mind, heart and soul, but whatever
is most lucrative.
I mentioned Harry Potter-prime example. Big, fat books can command a higher price. Books with sequels guarantee that people keep coming back for more.
The series is aimed at the segment of the population that reads and has the most disposable income.
Publishers used to cultivate realtionships with authors, nourishing them, encouraging them. Now, they ask you: "Are you marketable?" If not, tough
What happened is that giant corporations began buying the small book companies. These corporations were used to seeing large returns on thier
investments, and the return on books is very small. So the publishing companies fired a lot of their "mid-list" authors and concentrated on finding
and promoting superstars. The majority of books published in America are from just six companies, and from less than twenty authors.
People buy what they are told to buy from the media or thier friends and family. So advertising budgets are spent to promote a certain book, and
everyone hears about it, and goes and buys it. The companies could spend that money on any decent author and get the same effect.
What blew my mind was when I learned that the New York Times Best Seller list-the defining list of what is hot in the publishing world-is based on
projected, not actual sales. They have formulas based on previous marketing of similar books, and they plug these in and make predictions. If a book
makes the list, it's because the NYT thinks it will, and of course, it does, because everyone sees it on the list and thinks, "oh. it must be
So what you end up with are American libraries throwing out classics like Thomas Hardy to make room for J.K. Rowling. (Yes, this really happened, look
What you should do is buy as many physical books as possible, read them, keep the good ones, and pass them on to your children. Read stories to them
every night. Give books as gifts.
We may see a return to the Dark Ages, where only a few people know how to read. I plan to have my descendants counted among those people, because they
will have an advantage.