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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 8:43 am    Post subject: The Chances of Being Published Reply with quote

In today’s Times, staff writer Laura Miller has written an article on the book publishing business.

“Figures released this spring show that a new book of fiction is published in the United States every 30 minutes.”

That’s about 50 books of fiction a day! Are all of them reviewed, criticized and discussed? No way. The average reader will ignore all of them and wait for a recommendation by Oprah Winfrey.

As a result, then ...

''Everyone is reading the same 20 books, Paul Slovak, the associate publisher of Viking, complains -- a problem most attribute to the shrinking press coverage for new books. It's become a winner-take-all situation.''
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:22 am    Post subject: Getting Published Reply with quote

Reading your post makes me feel a bit like Joe in Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life." So, "What's the dream?"

Obviously, I don't know anyway around the situation you described. If I did, I would be the most well-read human being on the planet. I've never paid any attention to Oprah Winfrey, but I am surrounded by people that do, and, you are right, they will only read it if Oprah tells them to.

Not many of us get to be Jeffrey Eugenides, Wallace Stegner, or, William Saroyan, for that matter. However, I am convinced that there are many that possess that sort of genius. They'll simply never receive the sort of accolades that they merit.

This gives me another idea for a forum topic. How's about, "Great Books That No One Has Ever Heard Of"?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Great Books That No One Has Ever Heard Of"?

Who's the judge?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 12:05 pm    Post subject: Getting Published Reply with quote

Harry, no one has to be the "judge." Or, we are all the "judge." If you have an opinion, you have passed some sort of judgement. Obviously we have our own opinions about what is good or not, trans., what we like and what we don't. Was this a trick question?!

I visit your websites periodically. Has anyone ever told you that you look a little like Kurt Vonnegut? Did I just indulge in another "toe jam" sandwich?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurt and I have always shared a naive belief that a dead person is not in good shape at that particular moment, but that the same dead person, at another moment, is perfectly fine. Time calls the shots, and what I think may be a great book today might be a terrible book tomorrow.

When I was younger, and much smarter than I am now, I used to believe that Arthur Guy Empey’s “Over the Top” was a great book. I don’t any more. We’re human --- life kicks the bejesus out of us, and it’s hard to be consistant.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 3:21 pm    Post subject: Getting Published Reply with quote

I appreciate Vonnegut's skepticism in the "big, fat brain." Kilgore Trout lives! Laughing
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