Friday, December 19, 2008

A Modestly Dumb Proposal

Pat Holt has a suggestion for changing the world of book publishing. I was going to extensively quote from that post, and spew sarcasm all over it.

But that was before it took me three and a half hours to get home through the snow; now it just doesn't seem worth the bother. So, instead, you'll get a drive-by: one point, and a sweeping generalization.

Holt wants to return to the days when editors were ill-paid -- but insulated from having to care how their books sold! -- and book publishing sold many, many fewer copies in total and of any particular strong-selling book. I do not agree with her that this would be a good thing.

And, in general, if she says something in that article, I disagree with it.

1 comment:

A.R.Yngve said...

Come to think about it, the Marketing Department should write all the books that are published. Who needs those specialists in their ivory towers?


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