Inside the Australian and New Zealand book industry

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The decline of the midlist author

‘You want to be debut, literary, or bestselling; you don’t want to be midlist. The midlist is like the middle class; it’s the group that gets squeezed. They don’t get the support from their publishers. They don’t get their due [as writers]. They don’t get the attention they deserve from reviewers. Everybody wants to break out of the midlist.’—A US literary agent speaks to the challenges facing midlist authors in a market where bestsellers are commanding more of publishers’ marketing budgets and retailers’ shelf space.


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