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From the OTHER SIDE OF THE DESK

Literary agent Piers Blofeld highlights a recent unhealthy development in the publishing industry

AGENT OPINION

The best and certainly the most literate sign I have ever seen was for a sale at an outdoor clothing and supply shop which said ‘Now is the discount of our winter tents.’ I was reminded of it by the recent, and rather brave, stand taken by Philip Pullman and James Mayhew against the practice by publishers of offering deep discounts to retailers. Such deep discounts that authors can end up earning next to nothing on the sale of a book.

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