In 1924, five copies of In Our Time, ordered by the Hemingway family, were returned to Paris without explanation. Ernest was deeply hurt. In 1926, he urged Max Perkins, his editor at Scribner’s, to push The Sun Also Rises in Oak Park where Hemingway was sure the sales would be significant. When…
Yea. Don’t listen to your family. Hemingway to Junot Diaz to you.
Maybe the deprofessionalization of publishing isn’t just a looming disaster for the book business there are, after all, not that many of us left in the industry but for the millions of readers.
Interesting at the least in this time of publishing upheaval.
What’s happened instead is an evolution of the publishing world into a new class system, and like any class system it has winners, losers and opportunities. It’s a system that, if not recognized for what it is, will trap frustrated writers in a pit far more hopeless than the one they yearned to escape. Let’s start with a couple of cold-eyed realities.