a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.
For authors, survival in the publishing world is mediated by a number of factors, but one of the most important is sales. If people are buying your books, your publisher is interested in acquiring more of your books and producing them. If people are not, and you’re not earning out your advances, you’re of less interest to your publisher, and you’re going to have to work harder to find a home for…