by Erica Verrillo on Publishing… and Other Forms of Insanity:
A while ago, I ran across an article in New York Magazine by Daniel Menaker, a senior literary editor at Random House. The title caught my eye: What Does the Book Business Look Like on the Inside?
This is a question every aspiring author wants answered, especially if they are trying to make a choice between traditional and self-publishing.
But as I read the article, I realized that it clarified my own experience with Random House, and it bolstered my decision to abandon the traditional publishing route with my subsequent books.
In order to get the full sense of what Menaker had to say about his experiences with the New Yorker (initially) followed by Random House and HarperCollins, I ended up reading his entire book.
It turned out to be quite enlightening, not just in terms of what publishers do, but how they manage to exist in an environment that is, to use Menaker’s term, “insane.”