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The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
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Jun 05, 2011

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Very readable reinforcement for those who sort of know a lot of this stuff. Required reading for the clueless. Depressing for writers who seem to pass the psych profiles of the book's first part but haven't had much success with agents, editors, publication -- all of which sadly seem like last century's news. A well-written tour of the sausage factory -- left me feeling a bit grody, like I'd indulged in a guilty pleasure instead of spending weekend time reading something healthier for me. Definitely a melancholic aftertaste, even in the mouth of someone disillusioned if not wholly embittered. Oh how I wish agents and editors still smoked and drank and fornicated instead of blogged, tweeted, and bookscanned. As Fitzgerald said, And so we beat on, like unpublishable books beating off the current trends . . . something like that.
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