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New Rules for Writers

by bill - 2011-01-23 ( culture / writing / advice )

Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.

"These "rules" totally go against every prescription for writing success you'll hear as a young [new] writer from all quarters: the conformity-driven MFA system, the publishing industry's hype-machine, successful writers who act either like prima donnas or untouchable mystics, the marketing experts who seek to impose advertising rules on the writing product. Overpaid editors, illiterate agents, arrogant gatekeepers, and stupid reviewers want you to bargain away your soul for a pittance - the bids in the market escalate downward, a reverse auction where you compete with the lowest of the low to be acknowledged as an entity that counts."


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