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Amusingly, Horowitz jokes about the failings of publishers and editors -- but then he comes to the serious conclusion that the book world really does need them.
Reading a paragraph from an unnamed bestselling author of self-published books (which he quotes, in all its clumsiness) helped him make up his mind.
And then there is what his editor calls "all the peripherals" -- the promotion, the advance, the marketing and the expert editing. As he remarks wryly, when he was a start-out author, the first three seemed to be in short supply -- but the professional editing really did "strike a chord."
Having a publisher in some way "raises the bar," he says -- "they provide an imprimatur, a sort of quality control." He also likes the feeling of belonging to a longheld tradition -- a tradition that goes all the way back to Gutenberg.
" Am I mad to think that if publishers were a little less interested in story, character, style, originality, design, typography, literacy, good grammar, education, enlightenment and a little more interested in making money, they might have fewer problems?" he says "But is that not also, at the end of the day, something to celebrate?"
"Five years from now, there may only be ebooks.," he admits. "Fifty years from now, people may not even read at all. But I'm glad I wrote what I did when I did. One of my favourite authors, George Orwell, said this:
"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon which one can neither resist nor understand.
"I think that's very true, but I think it's also true of publishers," Horowitz concludes. "Are we in intensive care? I don't know. But if we are, I'm strangely relieved that we're there together."
So loyalty is a factor, too.