Like Chris Mullin, I feel strongly that my books would sell extremely well if only they could be marketed more enthusiastically. But alas, the Jeffrey Archers and Joanna Trollopes, who emphatically don't need it, get the lion's share of the publicity budgets, and the rest of us have to sink or swim on the publisher's whim. My public lending rights receipts are so good that I know there is a market out there - if only the books were on the shelves.
The collapse of the Net Book Agreement will not only endanger small local bookshops but will also mean that publishing in this country will become even more polarised, with the snob literati at one end and junk fiction at the other. Vast numbers of men and women enjoy good 'middlebrow' books: thrillers, historical novels, detective stories, sci-fi, 'aga-sagas' and all the other genre categories that publishers and distributors tend to ignore and which reviewers treat with contemptuous disdain because they are (what a sin]) 'readable'.
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