Part Five: Consider the Story of Cormac McCarthy
Zombies don't read any books, much less good books. Trying to publish for money is a fools errand. Don't bother if you're in it for the money.
As a nonfiction lit agent since 1989, I've explained a thousand - maybe a trillion - times to authors that publishing is, at the end of the day, a business, and thus they expect a profit. I think this has never been more true - or more difficult - than it is now. Most rush off in a huff and self-publish, assuming the genies or the fairies or something will magically lead people to find and buy their book amid the morass of +48 million other books on Amazon. Peter, as always, you hit the target with this beautiful and evocative post. Thank you for it.