From: Walter Jon Williams <donttryth...@phonyaddress.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 20:59:54 +0000 (UTC)
Local: Thurs, Jan 15 2004 3:59 pm
Subject: Re: Maijstral, other light, funny SF Re: Thurb
Andrew Wheeler <acwhe...@optonline.com> wrote in
> BPRAL22169 wrote:A few years ago I remember David Hartwell telling me, "The midlist is
>> Andrew Wheeler:
>> >So, in other words, there's *always* been something to complain
>> No, you miss the point of the observation entirely: In 1980 there
>> The conglomeratization of the publishing industry brought new economic
> It was in the late '70s and early '80s that a midlist writer (at least
> And there probably *had* been major dyings-off before 1980, but (since
actually the bottom of the list. We just call it the midlist to be nice."
A writer who shall be nameless told me a few years ago, "I'd been hearing
The midlist is basically on life support at this time. Due to structural
In 1990 the average midlist science fiction novel, by a non-name writer,
It was possible to make a living selling 60,000 paperbacks a year, but if
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