Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent | Books | The Guardian

“It could be that, between us, we’re perhaps drowning out other fresher voices.”

Now that has to be the understatement of the year by any traditional publisher. It just shows how  worried they are by some Indies’ success.

Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent | Books | The Guardian.

12 thoughts on “Publishers bypass literary agents to discover bestseller talent | Books | The Guardian

      • The evidence suggests that they’re no better at gauging the wants and desires of readers than the rest of us, and, in fact, tend to be much worse! Yet, still, they push millions at illiterate celebrities who have to engage ghost writers. It became infinitely worse as soon as the bean counters took over editorial decisions. I’m just so thankful I managed to find a small independent publisher run by a man who knows good writing and who does his best for the authors he signs.

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      • Precisely Stuart. And then they wonder why so many writers choose to go it alone, allowing the general public to decide if a book is any good or not; by buying a copy, and if they liked reading it, by telling their friends. 🙂

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  1. Shows that traditional publishers still don’t see the writing on the wall. What they think is good and what the public likes, are two different things. Just like the Academy Awards. They never pick what the general public likes, but what they think is artistic and they are usually at the other end of the spectrum.

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    • Precisely Robynn. You know you are on a hiding to nothing regarding your book ever getting published, when its all down to a literary agent and publishing editor’s personal tastes, and not if it is a good read.

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