Think like an editor, the writing books always say. One books claims that an editor’s first question is How many copies can I sell? I can’t think like that. I can question my own writing, I can go over it and over it, I can add sensual data that I missed on the first draft, but I can’t think like an editor. I can hear harsh criticism and profit from it, but to look at a book as a product? I have a hard time.
I structure my writing to be popular, to be such that could sell, but I’m really terrible at selling my own work. I tell my students they have to be an artist and a sales person, but I can’t pull off the salesman bit.
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