Alongside these publishers are corporate distributors and a new breed of agents intent on weeding out all manuscripts that do not fit a narrow band of genre writing. Should a manuscript make it past these obstacles, an editor smooths out all ideas that might disturb the formula passed down from above.
As with books, so with films, newspapers and magazines. Writers are mere small fish waiting to be swallowed up. Book buyers have one answer - support your local independent bookshop whose proprietor is invariably a book lover.
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