"Years ago, John Hegley observed that it was possible for independent artists to make a living apart from the mainstream publishing industry by cultivating an audience of a few thousand readers and returning to them every year with new material. I thought the spirit of the TLC conference this year supported this view: that popular commercial writing would still be well-served by large traditional publishers but that new direct communication methods and lower production costs have the potential to support a more diverse range of voices."
Dudec nodded. He fluttered a hand. “This could be something new!” “Rafal, when you hear hoof beats,” Garrett held up her knife like a warning finger, “Think horses before zebras.” Dudec fiddled with a line of scalpels. He took a deep breath, like a little boy. Extract from ‘The Pattern Maker’ – included in the showcase