“Like most other American systems and professions, delusions around meritocracy continue to pervade the writing world.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/27/a-dirty-secret-you-can-only-be-a-writer-if-you-can-afford-it
The reality is: this industry is set up to keep creatives as close as possible to penniless serfs. Amazon’s “race to the bottom” and predatory practices make it even worse.
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