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This Business of Publishing by Richard Curtis

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Green-Eyed Monsters

 

OVER THE YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN writing about the publishing scene, I've discussed many disturbing by-products of the consolidation of the industry. There is one, however, that I've been very reluctant to talk about because it cuts so very close to the anxieties that lurk in the darkest recesses of every author's heart. And that is the emotion of envy. It is as nasty and corrosive a passion as can be found among the seven deadly sins, and although it's impossible to demonstrate statistically, many editors and agents to whom I have spoken believe that it has been intensifying over the past few years. "Writers have always been a nervous lot," one editor said to me, "but lately it seems as if the pot is always seething." ...

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