Mad as hell

This post was written by guest blogger Jimmy Beck.

My favorite anonymous editor-blogger, Mad Max Perkins, reflects on the realities of the publishing biz:

Because–guess what? We editors are ambitious fuckers too, just like writers are. We want our books to succeed not simply because we want the best things for the authors we care about, the authors who bust their asses to the same extent that we bust ours, but because their success is ours too! Contrary to what Dexter the Delightful says, there is no Gentleman’s Safety Net in which editorial mediocrity is rewarded with a plush new job someplace else. My books don’t sell over a period of time? Guess what: I’m toast.


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