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This Business of Publishing by Richard Curtis

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Must Youth Be Served?

 

Recently, when a publishing friend of mine celebrated one of those depressing landmark birthdays with a zero suffix, I muttered some clichés about how baseball players and policemen suddenly seem to be mere children and not the imposing adults that we once looked up to. My friend’s response was, "Editors, too."

He was right. I don't know whether it's statistically verifiable, but the trade book business appears, at least, to have become populated largely by the young, many of whom serve in critically important executive positions. Despite recent expressions of concern in trade journals about the industry's failure to attract the young, I haven't noticed any diminution of college graduates flowing into publishing, and ...

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