I assume that you met aspiring writers who tell you, of the difficulty ( or ease ) of getting a book published for the first time. Have you ever thought, whether it is easier or harder in 2018, for a first time writer to get a book published compared to early 80's when you were in their position?
Regards and thanks,
It’s always been hard . . . but is it harder now? I suspect it’s harder to break into conventional publishing, but that’s merely a suspicion. I did read the other day that the number of professional writers has shrunk in the last two decades, though the report didn’t give figures . . . but I’d assume that if there are fewer people doing a job then it suggests that the barriers to entering that job are more daunting. On the other hand self-publishing has never been easier (or cheaper) and a number of very successful writers have used that route . . . . I’d still like to believe that a good book will find its way onto the market, but am very glad I’m not starting out right now!