It’s a Small, Small, Small Press World
Where Jewish writers are finding homes these days, and why
By Adam Kirsch
…The real question for the future of publishing—and, more important, of literature—is what happens to the 99 percent of books that are not destined for megastardom. For as the major houses follow the Hollywood studios in laying big bets on sure things—both Grey and Go Set a Watchman were sequels, of a sort—they are also turning away from the midlist titles that were once their bread and butter. Authors may still dream of being published by a prestigious trade publisher, but the reality is that the majority of worthy books will no longer find a place on the lists of the big New York houses. Nor will those books receive the advances or the sales support that a big house can offer….