Good Morning Ms. Reid—
I read in The New York Times this morning about Filippo Bernardini, an employee of Simon & Schuster UK who electronically “stole” hundreds of unpublished manuscripts over the last few years. This theft impacted famous authors such as Margaret Atwood as well as hundreds of unpublished writers. The article explains what he did, but not why he did it. I was hoping you might devote a blog post to explaining the why of these thefts.
Good morning Chum,
I can explain how a reserves for returns clause works.
I can explain why you need comps in a query.
I can even explain why I think personalization is a waste of everyone's time.
This is beyond me because I am NOT a novelist.
This is why we need novelists in fact: to explain things that seem unhinged.
I will tell you this: I've spent more than a few hours thinking about this problem because I worked at an agency where colleagues were affected by this more than once.
It created a very worrisome situation, particularly with books that were embargoed (I can explain embargos too, if you want!)
We couldn't figure out the why, even as we valiantly prevented the what.
So, novelists out there...