Insane reasons to not publish classic best sellers.

Thinking about that I (maybe soon) have to face the book market… makes me feel more uncomfortable than the scene in Toy Story 3, where Andy gives away his toys.


>>“They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge — no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?“

At one point, Hansen went so far as to collect preorders from people saying that they would buy the books. He’d walk into pitch meetings with a briefcase full of little coupons signed by guaranteed customers — 20,000 of them — and publishers still said no. Hey, do you know another industry in which you can present a distributor with tens of thousands of guaranteed sales and still get turned down? You probably thought we were setting up a joke there, but it’s a legitimate question: Seriously, if you know, tell us.<<

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