What does it mean to be published now? «I can’t believe that I’m publishing yet another post on publishing. But when David Ackley asked the question last week on Fictionaut, so many interesting, passionate, even lyrical responses poured forth that I couldn’t help it when I stumbled on the discussion today. It also felt relevant because I have lately engaged plenty with the alt lit crowd, who are positioned as anti-establishment and highly digitally enabled (not the only ones, of course) and who discuss a similar topic this weekend on Facebook. While I’m affected (and saddened) by some of the experiences shared here, I don’t agree with the negative views on the demise (?) of either publishing or bookshops.
I just spend a couple of hours in an English bookstore 5 min. from our doorstep in Berlin. It’s a Sunday. In Germany this means everything is closed, or is supposed to be and I presume the bookstore gets to be open because they also sell coffee and muffins…»
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