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I agree with… Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave “I was the last generation of writers given one chance; the generation before had two chances; the generation now doesn’t have a chance… More writers need to celebrate new writers: This is my protege, I want you to read their books. In music, artists feature less well-known artists on their album, to bring people on – they need help. I’ve never seen an author pick up a major prize and say, Now you are listening to me, you should read X, Y and Z.” [in an interview with ‘The Bookseller’ magazine, July 7, 2014] Cleave spoke to The Bookseller as chairman of the judging panel for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Prize, awarded to Eimear McBride. Publishers’ margins today make it difficult for them to take risks, Cleave said, and that the nine years it took the multi-award winning McBride to get published is a wake-up call for the book publishing industry. He called on established authors to support each other, particularly newcomers, and to turn away from the selfishness he sees in the business now. “Established authors are starting to develop a real career mentality. There’s a lot of selfishness, a lot of people have lost sight of
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