Monday, August 18, 2008

Be aware, not discouraged

A letter to the editor in today's Boston Globe speaks to the Allegra Goodman column I posted last week. Writer Bart Stewart speaks honestly -- with more than a touch of bitterness -- about how hard it is to get a book published these days.

My advice: Be aware of the current ridiculousness of the publishing industry, but don't give up. Just have a day job.

...A new writer has better odds of success playing the lottery than following his literary dream. No, the quality of your book makes absolutely no difference. The hard fact is that it will almost certainly never be read...

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