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I.J.Parker

Thank you. That was very interesting. It's always fascinating to get the other view point. Mind you, I doubt that an author, his agent, and his editor ever share that view of their world.
There are self-interests involved here. If a writer is at all serious about his work, he will want to grow and refuse to be packaged the way the other two collaborators may see fit.

Con Lehane

Great interview, David, really interesting questions ... and answers, thanks, Mark.

Barry Eisler

Who's this guy Tavani again?

;D
Barry

Jeremy

Thanks for this guys - very informative. And thanks to Barry for pointing me to it.

Now where can I buy me a perfect storm?

Jeremy

Tavani

Hey, Eisler - Tavani's a good guy. I'll introduce you some time.

Con - Very much my pleasure.

Jeremy - I'm looking for the perfect storm shop. I'll let you know if I find it.

David J. Montgomery

Keep an eye on that Eisler character, Mark. He's a shifty one. Professional dissembler, you know.

gary dobbs

It's a difficult one because the bad books provide the revenue for the other stuff.

David Montgomery

That's no doubt true in some cases, Gary, but there are plenty of good books published that do well.

In any case, it makes perfect sense to publish books that will sell, even if they're lousy. What I'm more curious about is the books that don't seem to be very good at all, and don't sell either.

Granted, nobody's judgment in perfect and it's only natural to expect that publishers will pick some losers.

John Rain

Wait a minute...who's the Eisler guy?

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