Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Overage

Mad Max's spin on the current industry whining about "too many books" being published.

Any published writer who whines about too much competition being the reason they're not on the NYT BSL...do I actually have to explain this? Christ.

There will never be too many books. In fact, there aren't enough. It's become next to impossible for the aspiring writers to get into print. We need more, not less, publishers accepting unagented submissions. We need agents willing to gamble on a writer who doesn't show up with contract in hand. We always, always, always need new blood, because the old blood gets complacent too fast and starts talking about how they'd thin out the herd. Like now.

Compete or die.

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