• Claire Squires


A writer in a small room typing on a laptop; a publisher in an office looking through a pile of scripts; a marketing department discussing cover designs; a bookseller in a shop stacking a pile of books; a supermarket shopper adding a bestselling novel to the weekly grocery trolley; a journalist on television debating one of the week’s new publications; a prize judge in a dinner jacket announcing a decision; an author talking to an audience at a festival; a commuter in a packed train immersed in a novel; a circle of readers drinking wine and discussing books; a sandy paperback lying next to suntan cream and towel. All these images are part of the contemporary literary marketplace. Between them seems to run some sort of narrative, a network linking people, objects and activities. But how should these images be defined? Does it matter which image comes first, or what the order of the narrative is? What conflicts and alliances does the juxtaposition of images create?


Publishing Industry Publishing History Marketing Theory Contemporary Period Literary Fiction 
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