Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Worst Part of Working in Publishing? The Authors, fer Sure

I'm not sure why I read this entire article about Amazon's publishing venture. It doesn't have any information I haven't read a dozen times before. But when I made it to the last page, and this quote, I was glad I'd stuck it out:


Kirshbaum’s rivals predict, perhaps wishfully, that Amazon is about to get an education in the burdens of book publishing. “They will understand there’s a reason publishers exist, and it’s not just to hike up prices,” says Morgan Entreken, the president of Grove/Atlantic. The late-night phone calls from neurotic authors, the frantic edits on awful manuscripts—this is a business that demands more handholding than Amazon generally seems comfortable with. Then again, Amazon can deliver a trampoline or a 20-pack of ramen in 24 hours, so it’s fairly comfortable with complexity.


Not sure whether the part I bolded is meant to be a paraphrase of a sentiment by Entreken, or if it's the opinion of the article's author, Brad Stone.


But 

Just
Love
It.

5 comments:

  1. I just have to wonder: how can there be awful manuscripts? With all the books publishers DON'T buy, how can they be buying awful ones? And why? I get the "frantic edits" part; I just don't get the "awful manuscript" part.

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    1. Great point. I'd think with the minuscule acceptance rates they could cherry pick almost entirely polished works.

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  2. I need someone to hold my hand while I go to the bathroom. Can't find an agent to do that...

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    1. Amazon just lets me stew in my own waste. They've really dropped the ball here!

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  3. we have to enjoy our life.

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