Ah, the joys of self-fulfilling prophecy.
So, here you thought that it was the Publishers; the Tor's, the Ace's, the Ballentine's, the Avon's, the DAW's, etc. that were deciding who shall live, and who shall die. Of course, in some ways, we know that's foolishment, because who distributes the most popular books today? Scholastic! Yes, Scholastic, because they were willing to take a chance on "Harry Potter", and because J.K Rowling was an unknown, so there was no way for the "evil computers" of Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com to pigeon-hole her.
Nope, it is now the big bookstores who decide. Well, all I can say is "Hurrah for the small press!" and "Hurrah for web-publishing!" because were it not for these, a lot of good writing (and, of course, a lot of bumph) would never see the light of day.
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