Dear Miss Snark,
I read your blog regularly, have been for these past 37 years, and always enjoy it. I'm hoping a fellow octogenarian such as you might be willing to share your insights on some publishing industry trends. My theory is that the availability of economical personal computers and word processors has enabled people to write, revise, and spell check much more quickly and easily than in the days of manual typewriters and correction fluid.
Based on your 50+ years in the industry, do you think literary agents and publishers have become inundated with marginal tripe that wouldn’t exist if authors still had to labor over manual typewriters? Or has technology facilitated the discovery of exciting new authors that otherwise might not have taken on the daunting task of writing?
There also seem to be a lot more literary agents popping up. Coincidence, cloning experiments gone bad, a natural market response to more authors entering the field, or something else altogether?
Finally, in your opinion does any of this help explain the rampant increase in criminal behavior, divorce, mental illness, suicide, alcoholism, alien abductions, and substance abuse among literary agents?
Senile in St. Louis
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