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In pulp writer's heaven: On the confessions of an Amazon author
In pulp writer's heaven: On the confessions of an Amazon author

By his own account, the Austin-based writer Neal Pollack long ago gave up trying to pen the Great American Novel. In 2011, his career as an author was effectively dead. He’d written one novel that sold very poorly, and four other books, and had a contract for a “pseudo self-help book” that his publisher didn’t want to bring to print. Then Amazon picked him “off the slush pile.” In a lengthy piece for Slate titled “In Defense of Amazon,” Pollack argues that the online retailer’s entry into publishing has resuscitated the careers of several authors who were in similar straits. He writes that "when I hear people say Amazon is...

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